England name four uncapped players in ICC Champions Trophy squad
James Harris, Gary Ballance, Chris Wright and Varun Chopra all named in England's provisional squad for ICC Champions Trophy
England have named four uncapped players in their provisional squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
Middlesex seamer James Harris, Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire’s Chris Wright and Varun Chopra have been added to the 30-man line-up, while wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been left out.
“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,” said national selector Geoff Miller.
“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.”
The final squad will be halved down to 15 players on 5 May.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will feature the best eight ODI teams playing across 15 matches in 18 days.
England’s opening group match in the competition will be against Australia at Edgbaston on 8 June, before taking on Sri Lanka at The Oval on 13 June and New Zealand in Cardiff on 16 June. The final of the competition will be staged at Edgbaston on 23 June.
England provisional squad:
Alastair Cook (Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Varun Chopra (Warwickshire), Rikki Clarke (Warwickshire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), James Harris (Middlesex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Chris Wright (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)