The England selectors have named a 13-man squad for the first Test match against South Africa commencing Thursday July 19 at the Kia Oval.
Ravi Bopara is the only player included in the squad who did not feature in the 2-0 series victory against West Indies earlier this summer.
Bopara has played 12 Tests for England to date with the 27 year old middle-order batsman last playing a Test in August 2011.
National selector, Geoff Miller, said “We have played some very good cricket over the last couple of months in all formats to win series against West Indies and Australia.
“After a month of limited overs cricket, preparations are now underway for what is sure to be a very competitive Test series against South Africa.
“We know we will need to play excellent cricket to win this three match series and the squad will be determined to start with a strong performance this week during the first Test and set the tone for the rest of the series.
“Ravi Bopara has worked hard to regain his place in the Test squad following some injury concerns earlier in the season and is the only player included who is yet to play a Test match this summer.”
England squad for 1st Test against South Africa
Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn.