England stick with same XII
England have made no changes to their squad, as they look to save the Test series against India.
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 07/08/07 7:12am
England have made no changes to their squad, as they look to save the Test series against India at the Oval on Thursday.
Michael Vaughan's side have not been beaten at home in a Test series since the 2001 Ashes series.
But a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge has left England in real danger of losing that proud record.
Despite trailing 1-0 with one match to play chairman of selectors David Graveney insists England's injury-ravaged attack is improving all the time.
"While India fully deserved their victory at Trent Bridge, there were many positive aspects to our performance, we were particularly pleased with the way our inexperienced bowling attack performed," Graveney told Sky Sports News.
"And they will be hoping to build on that.
"We have been 1-0 down before in Test series and come back to draw or win, and I am sure that the players will be conscious of that and very keen to maintain our impressive record."
Hampshire paceman Chris Tremlett starred with the ball, taking six wickets in the match at Trent Bridge, while Leicestershire youngster Stuart Broad must also come into contention for a start.
Coach Peter Moores is still unable to select regular starters Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff and Matthew Hoggard because of injury, but Graveney is adamant the trio are recovering well.
"Andrew, Stephen and Matthew are all making good progress in their recoveries," he added.
"But the selectors felt it was too soon to consider them for Test cricket."
Coverage of England's crucial final Test against India starts live on Sky Sports 1 from 10.30am on Thursday.
England's 12-man squad: M Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt), A Strauss (Middlesex), A Cook (Essex), K Pietersen (Hampshire), P Collingwood (Durham), I Bell (Warwickshire), M Prior (Sussex, wkt), R Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), C Tremlett (Hampshire), M Panesar (Northamptonshire), J Anderson (Lancashire), S Broad (Leicestershire).