It is Ravi Bopara at No.3

Ravinder Bopara at the Cricketforce Launch, Up...Image via Wikipedia
The England squad for the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s has a few surprises.

After much debate at least in the media, Ravi Bopara finds himself in the 12-man squad. The selectors have omitted Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell and Owais Shah, in essence leaving the No.3 position to Bopara to make it his own.

The other surprise is the selection of Graham Onions instead of Steve Harmison. I had genuinely believed that Harmison would get another chance to redeem himself. Looks like the selectors have lost patience with his weak willed ways.

Another surprise is the retention of Monty Panesar, I believe that after his non-performance in India and in the West Indies, he is lucky to find a place in the English squad for the first Test.

England squad for the first npower Test match against West Indies at Lord's (May 6-10):

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Ravi Bopara (Essex)

Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Paul Collingwood (Durham)

Alastair Cook (Essex)

Graham Onions (Durham)

Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)

Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)

Matt Prior (Sussex, wkt)

Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

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