Morgan handed Test chance

Collingwood ruled out of series through injury; Broad resting up

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 23/05/10 2:37pm

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Morgan: Test call-up

Morgan: Test call-up

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England have named Middlesex duo Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn in their 12-man squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, while Paul Collingwood will miss the two-match series through injury.

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"Eoin Morgan has impressed everyone since his inclusion in England's one-day squad and he now has the opportunity to play a role in the Test team."
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Irish-born batsman Morgan has been rewarded for a string of match-winning performances in one-day and Twenty20 internationals with a place in the Test squad.

Also included is his county colleague Finn, who retains his place as one of four front-line seam bowlers.

Another paceman, Stuart Broad, has been rested for the series in favour of a "strengthening programme", while fellow first-team regular Collingwood has been given time off to overcome a niggling shoulder injury.

Intensive

Collingwood is to undertake a period of rehabilitation for a left shoulder injury which developed during the victorious ICC World Twenty20 campaign.

Scans have since revealed he will require treatment, with a specialist review to follow in the coming days.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "Paul will undergo a period of rehabilitation for a shoulder injury and has been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh.

"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.

"We believe we've selected an exciting squad - and with Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad taking no part in this series, the opportunity arises for a number of younger players to make a mark at Test level."

Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan and fellow Tyke Ajmal Shahzad have also been given a chance to impress against the Tigers.

New-ball bowler James Anderson, who missed the winter series in Bangladesh through injury, is recalled, however there is no place for Ryan Sidebottom.

Delighted

Matt Prior predictably retains the wicketkeeper position ahead of Craig Kieswetter.

Speaking on the decision to include Middlesex pair Morgan and Finn in the squad, Miller added: "Eoin Morgan has impressed everyone since his inclusion in England's 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 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.

"He is aware of what is involved at the international level - and along with Ajmal Shahzad, 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.

"We were all delighted and extremely proud of the the way the Twenty20 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 npower Test against Bangladesh."

The first Test starts at Lord's on Thursday.

England squad: AJ Strauss (captain, Middlesex), JM Anderson (Lancashire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), TT Bresnan (Yorkshire), AN Cook (Essex), ST Finn (Middlesex), EJG Morgan (Middlesex), KP Pietersen (Hampshire), MJ Prior (Sussex), A Shahzad (Yorkshire), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), IJL Trott (Warwickshire)

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