By CricketCountry Staff
London: Jul 29, 2012
England on Sunday announced their 13-member squad for the second Test against South Africa, naming Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor in place of Ravi Bopara, who is unavailable for selection for personal reasons.
Taylor, who made his One-Day International debut for England in a match against Ireland in 2011, is yet to make Test debut.
Taylor has been a part of the England Lions side since his debut in 2010, captaining them during the last year, the England Cricket Board (ECB) informed on its website.
England national selector Geoff Miller said: "We were outplayed during the first Test last week, but it is important that this squad regroups and focuses on preparing for the second Test. This is a talented squad with plenty of international experience and they will be determined to improve on the performance during the first Test.”
"We have made one change to the squad with James Taylor replacing Ravi Bopara, who is unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. James has been part of the England Performance Programme for a number of years and has performed consistently for England Lions and now has an opportunity to step up and experience the Test environment,” he added.
Miller continued, "We have played a lot of good cricket over the last few years and it's important we remember that, learn from the mistakes that we made and retain the belief that we can level this series at Headingley."
Andrew Strauss (c), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior (wk), Graeme Swann, James Taylor, Jonathan Trott.