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England rest Broad & Collingwood and call for Morgan

First Test, Lord's: England v Bangladesh
Date: 27-31 May Start time: 1100 BST
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Broad and Collingwood could sit out the Bangladesh series
Broad and Collingwood have had a heavy winter schedule

England have opted to rest Stuart Broad and Paul Collingwood for Thursday's first Test with Bangladesh at Lord's.

Eoin Morgan is named in a 12-man squad after shining in the ICC World Twenty20 as Collingwood and Broad will miss both of the two Test matches to recuperate.

Tall paceman Steven Finn, who made his Test debut during the winter, also features with seamer Ajmal Shahzad.

Andrew Strauss returns to lead the side and James Anderson is also back after both missed the series in Bangladesh.

Collingwood had scans on his left shoulder and has been advised to undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation, with a specialist review to follow next week.

England face a gruelling summer schedule ahead of the Ashes series in Australia which begins on 25 November.

After the second Test with Bangladesh at Old Trafford finishes on 8 June there are five one-day internationals against Australia and three against Bangladesh.

A four-Test series with Pakistan runs until 30 August, which is followed by five one-day internationals from 5-23 September.

Explaining the absence of Broad for the Test series with the Tigers, national selector Geoff Miller said: "There's a need for Stuart to undertake an intensive strengthening programme before an arduous summer and a busy winter, and the next three weeks have been identified as the ideal period for this programme."

Five players from the Twenty20 squad have been selected for the first Test and Miller said: "We were all delighted and extremely proud of the the way that squad performed at the ICC World Twenty20, their success is testament to a great deal of hard work.

"The focus now shifts back to the longer form of the game and we look forward to the first Test against Bangladesh."

Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan, part of the the triumphant Twenty20 squad in the West Indies earlier this month, is handed the chance to establish himself as the team's Test all-rounder.

Middlesex left-hander Morgan, 23, has made six centuries in 48 first-class matches at an average of 36.

Commenting on his selection, Miller said: "Eoin Morgan has impressed everyone since his inclusion in the one-day squad and he now has the opportunity to play a role in the Test team.

"He has always held ambitions of playing across all forms of the game and we believe he has earned his place in this Test squad.

"We know what his strength of character is, he's now got to develop as a five-day player."

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Finn, 21, also of Middlesex, played in both winter Tests in Bangladesh, taking four wickets at 44 runs apiece - while there is no place for experienced left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who played in the World Twenty20.

"We were encouraged by Steven Finn's Test debut in Bangladesh during the winter and he has had a fine start to the domestic season for Middlesex," Miller said.

Yorkshireman Shahzad also featured in Bangladesh, playing a solitary one-day international in which he took 1-55 from nine overs, having made his international debut the previous month in Dubai when he took 2-38 in a Twenty20 international against Pakistan.

"Finn is aware of what is involved at the international level and along with Ajmal Shazhad, who has also made a bright start to the county season after touring Bangladesh over the winter, offers us a great deal of depth in the bowling ranks," Miller explained.


England squad: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, capt), Alastair Cook (Essex), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Steve Finn (Middlesex), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire).



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