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England unchanged for second Ashes Test

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NOTTINGHAM — England yesterday named an unchanged squad to face Australia in the second Ashes Test, starting at Lord’s later this week.

Reuters

The home side got off to the best possible start in the five-Test series, beating the tourists by 14 runs in a thrilling encounter at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge on Sunday.

National selector Geoff Miller said in an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement that picking the same squad would “provide options” for skipper Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower.

“It was a fantastic start to the Investec Test series, with both sides showing a huge amount of skill and determination,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate England on showing a great deal of composure to win by 14 runs.

“I have no doubt that the rest of the series will be equally compelling.
“We have selected the same squad for the Lord’s Test, because this continues to provide options for Alastair Cook and Andy Flower.”

Pace bowler Steven Finn looked out of sorts in Nottingham and could be replaced by Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions, but Lord’s is his home ground.

The second Test gets under way at Lord’s on Thursday.

Squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jimmy Anderson, Graham Onions, Steven Finn.

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