The England selectors today announced a 16-man Test squad to be captained by Alastair Cook for the forthcoming four-Test match series in India, including Middlesex's Steven Finn & Eoin Morgan.
The squad includes two uncapped batsmen, Somerset’s Nick Compton and Yorkshire’s Joe Root, and three spin bowlers; Samit Patel, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.
National Selector Geoff Miller said: “Nick Compton has performed well consistently for Somerset in County cricket this season, made big hundreds and shown that he has the temperament and the technique to play at a higher level.
“Joe Root is a player who has been successful at every level from County cricket through to EPP and England Lions, and he deserves this opportunity to step up to the next level and press his case for a place in the Test side. “
Kevin Pietersen, who was omitted from England’s last Test Match of the summer against South Africa, has not been included in the squad.
ECB Managing Director – England Cricket, Hugh Morris, added: “Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues which led to his omission from the final Investec Test match against South Africa.
“These discussions remain private and confidential and as there are issues still to be resolved Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour.”
England Test Squad to tour India
Alastair Cook (captain) Essex| James Anderson (Lancashire) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Ian Bell (Warwickshire) Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire) Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) Nick Compton (Somerset) Steven Finn (Middlesex) Graham Onions (Durham) Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Monty Panesar (Sussex) Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire) Matt Prior (Sussex) Joe Root (Yorkshire) Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
England Test Squad – Tour Itinerary
October 25 England squad leaves UK 26-28 Training at ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai 29 England squad arrives in India (Mumbai) 30-1 Nov Tour match (opponents TBC), Mumbai (CCI) (0400 GMT)
November 3-5 Tour match (opponents TBC), Mumbai (BKC) (0400 GMT) 8-11 Tour match (opponents TBC), Ahmedabad (SPS Navrangpura) (0400 GMT) 15-19 1st Test, Ahmedabad (Motera) (0400 GMT) 23-27 2nd Test, Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium) (0400 GMT)