Broad got spared of the axe for his ability with the bat as well and a match haul of 6 for 162 against Somerset, where he seemed to strike form. The lanky bowler finished with just 8 wickets in the three match test series against Sri Lanka followed by a poor performance in the ODI series. Tim Bresnan, who is returning from a calf injury, was also selected. He was instrumental in England’s Ashes win down under last year.
"Following the successful Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka we're pleased to be able to include Tim Bresnan in the Test squad after his excellent return from a calf muscle injury," Geoff Miller, the national selector, said. "Tim adds further bite to our pace attack along with James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad, who has greatly benefitted from getting overs and wickets under his belt for Nottinghamshire during the week."
The squad is almost the same which beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in the recently concluded Test Series.
Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan