Trott to miss Edgbaston Test
Bopara replaces injured batsman; Tremlett making progress
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: 07/08/11 11:35am
Trott leaves the field in pain at Trent Bridge
England batsman Jonathan Trott will sit out the third Test against India after failing to overcome a shoulder injury.
The Warwickshire batsman has been replaced in the 13-man squad by Ravi Bopara, who last played a Test match for England back in August 2009.
Trott, who has played 23 consecutive Test matches for England and was an integral part of the side's winter Ashes success, injured his shoulder whilst fielding in the second Test at Trent Bridge and will hope to be recovered from the injury in time for the final match at The Oval.
Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn is also included in the squad, however national selector Geoff Miller expects fellow seamer Chris Tremlett to overcome a back complaint in time to play on Wednesday.
Miller said: "We have seen some very pleasing performances during the first two npower Test matches but there is still plenty more to do in this series and the squad and management will be determined to carry the momentum from recent weeks through to the remaining two Tests and push for a comprehensive series victory.
"Ravi Bopara comes in for Jonathan Trott who is continuing his rehabilitation from his shoulder injury.
"Chris Tremlett is recovering well from the back spasms that ruled him out of the second Test and although we are expecting him to be fully fit ahead of Wednesday we felt it was prudent to include an extra seam bowler at this stage meaning Steven Finn comes into the squad."
Should England open up an unassailable 3-0 lead over India, with just one to play, they will usurp their opponents as the number one team in the International Cricket Council Test rankings.
That is a position never previously occupied by England. But having apparently failed to make the expected progress after spraining a shoulder joint, Trott will not be part of it.
England squad: AJ Strauss (Middlesex, captain), JM Anderson (Lancashire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), RS Bopara (Essex), TT Bresnan (Yorkshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), AN Cook (Essex), ST Finn (Middlesex), EJG Morgan (Middlesex), KP Pietersen (Surrey), MJ Prior (wkt, Sussex), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Surrey).