Paul Collingwood has been ruled out of England’s two-Test series against Bangladesh with a shoulder injury, it was announced on Sunday.
But batsman Eoin Morgan, who played in the side captained by Collingwood that last Sunday won the World Twenty20 final against Australia in Barbados, has been called up into a Test squad for the Bangladesh series opener, which starts at the Middlesex left-hander’s Lord’s home ground on Thursday.
Meanwhile England fast bowler Stuart Broad will miss the series in order to undergo a “strengthening programme”.
Collingwood’s absence has created room in the Test squad for 23-year-old former Ireland batsman Morgan, although South Africa-born Jonathan Trott also remains in contention.
Morgan’s county colleague Steven Finn retains his place in the Test squad, the fast bowler having played in both of England’s wins in Bangladesh two months ago.
Their fellow Middlesex team-mate Andrew Strauss returns to captain the side, having been rested from the Bangladesh tour and then missing the World Twenty20 as the opening batsman has opted out of that form of the game.
Alastair Cook, who captained the side in Bangladesh, is set to resume his opening partnership with Strauss.
As well as Collingwood and Broad, other players from England’s victorious side in the Caribbean not selected for Lord’s include openers Michael Lumb and wicketkeeper/batsman Craig Kieswetter, left-arm pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom, left-arm spinner Michael Yardy and all-rounder Luke Wright.
The four ‘survivors’ are Morgan, star batsman Kevin Pietersen, seamer Tim Bresnan and off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Paceman James Anderson, in the squad in the Caribbean but who didn’t play, is in England’s 12 for Lord’s.
The second and final Test of this series gets underway at Old Trafford on June 4.
England first Test squad:
Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wkt), Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Ajmal Shahzad.