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Matthew Hoggard was recalled to the England cricket squad for the opening Test against New Zealand starting at Lord's on Thursday.

The Yorkshire swing bowler was dropped during England's 2-1 series victory in New Zealand, but had returned to form this season and is named in a squad of 12 for the first two of three Tests against the Black Caps. The second is at Old Trafford starting May 23.

Hoggard is one of five specialist bowlers in the lineup - Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson and spinner Monty Panesar being the others - and one is almost certain to be left out.

"It's a headache for the selectors and I think it's good for English cricket that there are lot of people vying for not so many places," Hoggard said Sunday.

Paul Collingwood was also included despite poor form with the bat and a right shoulder injury. The team will be led by Michael Vaughan, who has also failed to make a half century so far this season.

The third Test is at Trent Bridge on June 5-9.
 

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And he is "unselected" for the first test.....

Will be interesting for the second test selection following the draw and pretty even bowling across the board by England.
 
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