Ravi Bopara replaces Johnathan Trott for England

Ravi Bopara will replace Johnathan Trott in the third Test against India at Edgbaston, which begins on Wednesday, after Trott failed to recover from his shoulder injury in time to make the squad.

The Essex man, who last played a Test for England during their victorious Ashes series in 2009, has averaged 37.5 in first class cricket this year, and this week scored 19 and 25 for England Lions against Sri Lanka A. He comes in for a big match, which will see England move to number one in the world rankings ahead of India if they win. Steve Finn has also been selected as cover for Chris Tremlett, who is expected to be back after missing the second test with hamstring and back problems.

'Ravi Bopara comes in for Jonathan Trott, who is continuing his rehabilitation from his shoulder injury,' said national selector Geoff Miller. 'Chris Tremlett is recovering well from the back spasms that ruled him out of the second Test - and although we are expecting him to be fully fit ahead of Wednesday, we felt it was prudent to include an extra seam bowler at this stage.

'That means Steven Finn comes into the squad. We have seen some very pleasing performances during the first two npower Test matches. But there is still plenty more to do in this series, and the squad and management will be determined to carry the momentum from recent weeks through to the remaining two Tests and push for a coprehensive series victory.'

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