Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara and Leicestershire wicket-keeper Paul Nixon were included on Wednesday in England’s 15-man squad for the World Cup.
Bopara, who got the nod ahead of Lancashire opener Mal Loye, and Nixon both made their one-day debuts for England during the just-finished Tri-Nations series in Australia.
Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: “The selectors were delighted with the team’s outstanding performance in winning the Commonwealth Bank (Tri-Nations) Series and we have retained the bulk of the squad who were in Australia for the World Cup”.
“Michael Vaughan, James Anderson and Jon Lewis are all still recovering from injuries at present and have been named in the squad subject to a further re-assessment prior to our departure for the Caribbean,” he explained.
“They will continue to undergo intensive treatment over the next fortnight and the medical staff will be giving the selectors regular updates on their progress. Kevin Pietersen, however, is now fully recovered from his rib injury and will be keen to make an impact in his first World Cup,” he expressed.
England are scheduled to leave for the Caribbean on March 2nd and play their first warm-up match against Bermuda in St Vincent on March 5th. Their first match in the tournament’s Group Stage is against New Zealand in St Lucia on March 16th.
England World Cup squad: Michael Vaughan (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood, James Dalrymple, Andrew Flintoff, Ed Joyce, Jon Lewis, Sajid Mahmood, Paul Nixon, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Andrew Strauss.
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