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    In Pics: Meet England's Test squad

    • England will be led by Alastair Cook who was given the captaincy after Andrew Strauss retired this summer. Cook made his Test debut against India in 2006, aged 21, and scored 60 and 104 not out in a draw at Nagpur.

    • Graham Onions is the first fast bowler in England's squad. His Test career was stalled after a promising start due to serious injury in 2010, but he has forced his way back through a series of strong performances.

    • Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow was named in the squad after getting a second lease on his Test career following a strong showing against South Africa last summer. The 23-year-old is seen as the future of England's batting.

    • Nick Compton, grandson of England great Denis, has earned his maiden call-up after finishing as the leading run-scorer during the 2012 county season. The 29-year-old could be vying for the opening role alongside Cook.

    • Jonathan Trott is England's certified No. 3, with a Test average of 50.49 after 34 matches. This is his first Test tour of India.

    • Kevin Pietersen was added to England's squad after being overlooked initially following a controversial stand-off with the ECB. Undoubtedly England’s most valuable player, Pietersen averages 62.15 against India.

    • Ian Bell has fashioned himself into one of England's most dependable batsmen. He tormented India’s bowlers during the 4-0 whitewash last summer with 504 runs at an average of 84.

    • The 21-year-old Joe Root, who also plays cricket for Yorkshire on the county circuit, was called up after a strong last year in which he impressed England batting coach Graham Thorpe. He has yet to play international cricket.

    • Matt Prior, 30, is England's designated wicket-keeper. A veteran of 58 Test matches, this will be his second tour to India.

    • Left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Samit Patel, who made his Test debut in Sri Lanka this year, provides an option to balance the side at No. 7.

    • Stuart Broad, 26, is one of England's finest talents. Not just a bustling fast bowler capable of achieving swing while hitting top speeds, he is also a proper allrounder who averages 26.74 with the bat. Broad has played one Test in India.

    • Tim Bresnan has been a regular feature of England's Test team for the last 18 months, when fit. The 27-year-old allrounder from Yorkshire has a Test batting average of 36.27 and bowling average of 30.05.

    • Graeme Swann is a proven match-winner for England, with a career tally of 192 wickets from 46 Tests. He made his Test debut in India in 2008, dismissing Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman in his first over.

    • James Anderson is the leader of England's attack and their most experienced bowler with 73 Test caps. He has toured India twice, taking 10 wickets in three Tests.

    • Steven Finn is the tallest of England's fast men at 6 ft 7 in, and could be a real threat to India. He has impressed in his 16 Test matches, with 66 wickets at 28.15.

    • Monty Panesar is no stranger to India, having made his Test debut here and taking Sachin Tendulkar as his first wicket. The 30-year-0ld left-arm spinner will be hoping to add to his 43 Test appearances after being sidelined by Swann in the past few years.