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Vaughan left out of first Test at Lord's

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  • Vaughan, Bell and Shah overlooked for first Test against West Indies
  • Bopara gets the nod from selectors to bat at three at Lord's
  • Onions and Bresnan rewarded for good start to the county season
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(CNN) -- Former England captain Michael Vaughan has failed to win a recall as the selectors sprung a series of surprises in naming the squad for the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's.

Vaughan walks off after dismissed in a county match for Yorkshire this season.

Vaughan walks off after dismissed in a county match for Yorkshire this season.

Fellow centrally-contracted players Ian Bell and Steve Harmison have also been left out of a 12-strong party along with Owais Shah.

Vaughan, Bell and Shah were competing for the number three spot in the England batting order, but that's gone to Ravi Bopara.

Essex star Bopara, who can also fill in as a medium pace bowler, scored a century against the West Indies in Barbados last month but may have owed his selection to the injury which ruled all-rounder Andrew Flintoff out of the series.

Durham paceman Harmison has been overlooked as his county teammate Graham Onions is called up to give a fresh look to the attack along with Tim Bresnan of Yorkshire.

The uncapped pair will provide the back-up to the current opening pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

"This is very exciting for the two young fast bowlers to be included in the squad for a Lord's Test match and sends a message to all county players that if they put in consistently good performances they will get recognized," national selector Geoff Miller told the Press Association.

But much of the media focus will be on Vaughan, who led England to Ashes triumph in 2005 and is hoping to play a part in the series against Australia later this summer.

Vaughan has been playing regularly for his county side Yorkshire but has failed to find his best form in early season.

He stood down from the England captaincy after series defeat to South Africa last summer and took a rest from international cricket over the winter.

Shah claimed the number three spot for the series against the West Indies in the Caribbean but missed the chance to cement his place as England lost the series 1-0.

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