Ravi Bopara recalled to England squad for Natwest series and Champions Trophy

Bopara's inclusion aside, there were few surprises, with off-spinner Graeme Swann and seamer Tim Bresnan both recalled following elbow problems.

updated: May 03, 2013 17:45 IST
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London: Ravi Bopara's England exile came to an end on Friday when the Essex all-rounder was named in the hosts' 15-man squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy and the preceding one-day series with New Zealand.

Bopara has not played a 50-overs-a-side international since September and the stylish batsman and handy medium-pacer had not been selected in either of England one-day coach Ashley Giles's two previous squads in the format since the former Test spinner took charge of the limited overs side.

It seemed Bopara was fighting for his international future but he edged out fellow all-rounders Samit Patel, Luke Wright and Rikki Clarke.

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