London - Matt
Prior missed out on a return to limited-overs cricket for England after
being overlooked for a place in the provisional 30-man squad for the
Champions Trophy in June.
is England's first-choice Test wicketkeeper, scoring an unbeaten
century to spare England a series defeat to New Zealand last month, but
has struggled in the one-dayers and hasn't played in the format
internationally since March 2011.
Kieswetter, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler were preferred as options
behind the stumps for the tournament that England will host from June
England included four
uncapped players - batsmen Gary Ballance and Varun Chopra and bowlers
James Harris and Chris Wright - in an enlarged squad that must be
trimmed to 15 names by May 5.
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen was called up even though he is currently sidelined with a knee injury.
is a balanced squad which will provide the selectors with strong
options in all areas," national selector Geoff Miller said. "With this
country hosting the tournament for the first time since 2004, there will
be every incentive for England to perform well and we anticipate
intense competition for places in our final squad."
specialists Nick Compton and Monty Panesar join Prior in missing out on
a call-up, as England goes in search of its first major 50-over title.Squad:
Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow,
Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos
Buttler, Varun Chopra, Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex
Hales, James Harris, Craig Kieswetter, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan,
Graham Onions, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Graeme Swann,
James Taylor, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Wright, Luke Wright,