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England name same squad for Second Test

Tim Bresnan

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Tim Bresnan

England have named an unchanged squad for the npower Second Test against Pakistan, which starts at Edgbaston on Friday.

Tim Bresnan is retained after being called up as cover for the First Test last week in place of Yorkshire team-mate Ajmal Shahzad, who aggravated an ankle problem.

Both bowled eight overs for Yorkshire in a Clydesdale Bank 40 League match in Holland yesterday, but the selectors have opted to stick with the same 12-man squad.

Bresnan is again likely to miss out on a spot in the starting XI, however, with England set to field the same side that stormed to a 354-run victory at Trent Bridge in the first of the four-Test series.

National selector Geoff Miller, said: “Tim Bresnan returns to the squad, while Ajmal Shahzad will play for Yorkshire in their County Championship match commencing on Tuesday.

“We would like to see how Ajmal gets through this four-day match, given the recent ankle injury that saw his withdrawal from the first-Test squad.

“Clearly we were delighted with the performance in the first Test, but the key to consistency is building on that success throughout the rest of the series,” he added.

“We saw a number of outstanding performances at Trent Bridge, not only with bat and ball but also in the field, and the challenge is to maintain those standards over the next three Test matches.”

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