England Name 15-Man Champions Trophy Squad


ALASTAIR COOK will have Essex pal Ravi Bopara alongside him as he looks to guide England to their first ever 50-over international trophy this summer.Bopara, 27, was the only surprise inclusion in Cook’s squad for the ICC Champions Trophy — the mini World Cup being held here this summer.Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were both named in the squad, having returned to fitness after both undergoing surgery on elbow problems.But Kevin Pietersen’s absence will be felt, with the star batsman’s knee injury seeing him ruled out of the tournament last week.That blow has opened the door for Bopara, the only player selected to have missed out the senior tours to India and New Zealand during the winter.England start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against Australia on June 8 at Edgbaston.

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