Desperate to win an international tournament, England will try their best to clinch the last version of the ICC Champions Trophy, going to be held in June at home. The 15-man squad the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced for the purpose includes Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann. Bopara was ruled out of the team after the last year’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Bresnan and Swan were out of the side because of their injuries and they will be seen in action this time around.

[caption id="attachment_792" align="alignright" width="276"]Combination of experienced and young players makes England a strong contender for the title (Photo: AP) Combination of experienced and young players makes England a strong contender for the title (Photo: AP)[/caption]

Alastair Cook will captain the balanced side which is an amalgam of experienced and young players. On the one hand, there are Eoin Morgan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, and on the other, the squad includes emerging players like Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Joe Root. The combination makes England the strongest side of the tournament as the hosts are the most familiar with the conditions.

One-day format is more difficult than T20 and also requires more patience, which is why fine batsmen and bowlers are a must for any team. Though England will not have Kevin Pietersen, the presence of Trott, Cook, Bell and Morgan is certainly going to make the batting line-up strong. They also have better bowlers than most teams. On the one hand, the pace of James Anderson, Steven Finn and Broad can make the matter worse for the opponents, and on the other, the experienced Swan has the ability to cause massive trouble for the visitors.

Meanwhile, the same players of the 15-member squad will play a three-match ODI series against New Zealand before the Champions Trophy.

England are in group A with defending champions Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The will play their first match on June 8 against Australia in Birmingham.

England have also hosted the 2004 Champions Trophy, and despite making it to the final, they unfortunately succumbed to West Indies who claimed a two-wicket win after a riveting competition.

England squad:

Alastair Cook (captain), Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes.
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