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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
 

England Cricket Team Squad for First test against India

England has announced there 13 member squad on Sunday for the first test match against India starting from 19th of July. They have included pace bowler Stuart Broad in the 13 member squad after his brilliant show against Indians in the practice match that was played against India and England Lions.

Broad, 21, was included after fast bowler Stephen Harmison was rated 'extremely doubtful' on Saturday for the opening match of a three-Test series after suffering a recurrence of his hernia injury while playing for Durham.

Leicestershire's Broad, the son of former England opening batsman Chris, has played nine One-Day Internationals but has yet to play in a Test.

He was included along with Lancashire quick James Anderson, the pair set to compete for the final place in England's starting side if, as expected, Harmison is unfit.

Steve Harmision 28-year-old originally sustained the injury at his Riverside home ground nearly a month ago during England's fourth Test win over the West Indies which gave them a 3-0 series victory.

Broad is currently playing against India for England Lions, the 'A' side, in a three-day match which concludes at Chelmsford, east of London, on Sunday where he had taken two wickets for 54 runs in 16 overs come Saturday's close.

That match also saw India batting star Sachin Tendulkar score 171.

England captain Michael Vaughan and experienced pace bowler Matthew Hoggard are the only two survivors from the team that won the corresponding fixture against India five years ago where the Yorkshire pair helped their side to a 170-run victory at Lord's.

Vaughan scored 100 in the second innings after a first innings nought, and Hoggard took seven for 120 in the match overall.

England squad:

Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matthew Prior, Stephen Harmison, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Hoggard, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Stuart Broad

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