Prior excluded from England’s provisional squad for Champions Trophy

Updated: Apr 05, 2013, 10:04 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

London: England’s wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior was on Friday overlooked for a place in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June.

Prior, England`s first-choice test wicketkeeper, scored an unbeaten century to help his team avoid a series defeat to New Zealand last month

He has not been a part of England’s limited overs squad since March 2011.

Craig Kieswetter, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler were preferred as options behind the stumps for the tournament that England will host from June 6-23.

Four uncapped players - batsmen Gary Ballance, Varun Chopra and bowlers James Harris and Chris Wright – were given a national call-up in an enlarged squad that will be trimmed to 15 by May 5.

Star batsman Kevin Pietersen who is currently sidelined with a knee injury has also been included in the squad.

Nick Compton and Monty Panesar also missed out on a call-up.