Four Uncapped Players For England, Prior Misses Out
England have named four uncapped players in their 30-man provisional squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which they will be hosting in June.
Uncapped batsmen Gary Ballance and Varun Chopra join fast bowlers James Harris and Chris Wright as the only players yet to feature in an ODI in the squad.
There is also no place in the squad for Matthew Prior, who had been tipped for an ODI recall, but the three wicket-keepers in the squad are Somerset pair Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler and Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow.
"This is a balanced squad which will provide the selectors with strong options in all areas and reflects players’ performances for both the senior England teams and the England Lions and EPP squads over the winter period," national selector Geoff Miller said.
"With this country hosting the tournament for the first time since 2004, there will be every incentive for England to perform well and we anticipate intense competition for places in our final squad which will be named early next month."
Provisional England Champions Trophy squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Varun Chopra, Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, James Harris, Craig Kieswetter, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Wright, Luke Wright, Chris Woakes.
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