So, Flower and Strauss have mixed things up a bit with what Mr Hopps has called in The Guardian “an adventurous Test selection”.

None of the three main candidates for the number three spot get it, and a couple of interesting selections in the bowlers too.

Vaughan needed to score bigger county runs to get back in – he hadn’t, and it was rather a lot of journo fantasy to wish for his return. Bell has scored big county runs, but obviously hadn’t done enough for a quick return. Shah’s run in the side looks over and perhaps he will now go and join Rob Key as another of England’s nearly men.

Fair enough for Ravi Bopara. He batted wonderfully in his one test match to date and was unlucky to be dropped. In addition he’s done well at the IPL – considerably better than either big Fred or Kevin Pietersen.

Also, I’m fairly relaxed about Matt Prior batting at six. He’s a better batsman than keeper and better to get him in a drop earlier.

The most interesting thing is the bowlers. Here’s hoping that Onions has real wheels, because from what I remember about Bresnan’s ODI bowling he is a medium fast at best. Harmison needs bowling to be at his best, but he does have pace and bounce.

In early summer English conditions a bowling attack of Anderson, Broad, Swann, Bresnan and Onions should still be enough for the Windies. Not sure it would have enough cutting edge for our Canary Yellow friends mind, but here’s hoping it can find it in time for July.

The following 12 players have been selected in the England squad for the first npower Test against West Indies at Lord’s, from May 6-10:

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Graham Onions (Durham)
Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
Matt Prior (Sussex, wkt)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

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