Key role for Kieswetter in England Twenty20

ENGLAND have named uncapped Michael Lumb as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter and recalled Ravi Bopara and Michael Yardy in their final 15-man ICC World Twenty20 squad.

There is no place on the trip to the West Indies at the end of this month for Matt Prior, England relying on Kieswetter behind the stumps and accommodating Yardy as an extra spinner and Bopara's batting. South Africa-born pair Kieswetter and Lumb's inclusion gives England exciting new Twenty20 options at the top of the batting order.

Bopara returns after being dropped following last summer's Ashes and then being left out of England squads throughout the winter. Both the Essex batsman and Lumb have made recent eye-catching runs in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

National selector Geoff Miller

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said: "On the recent tour of Bangladesh, Craig Kieswetter showed what he is capable of in international limited-overs cricket – and as a wicketkeeper at the top of the order, he gives us options down the order."

Twenty-two-year-old Kieswetter, who became available for England only two months ago, already has a one-day international hundred to his name – against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

"Craig has improved over time, and his selection indicates real competition for places – which is only healthy for the England team," Miller added. "Despite missing selection for this format of the game, Matt Prior very much remains in the England set-up and a part of our plans."

Lumb put himself in the reckoning for a place in the squad, captained by Paul Collingwood, with a match-winning half-century for the England Lions against the full international team in Abu Dhabi last month.

"Michael Lumb has consistently performed well in limited-overs cricket for Hampshire and has also impressed during his time in the IPL and with the England Lions," said Miller.

Yardy, meanwhile, has edged out two others as a third spin option behind Graeme Swann and James Tredwell.

England are drawn in Group D alongside West Indies and Ireland, and their first match against the hosts will be in Guyana on 3 May.