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England drop Collingwood, prior for ODIs

Former captain Paul Collingwood and wicketkeeper Matt Prior have been dropped from England’s squads for upcoming one-day and Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

cricket Updated: Jun 22, 2011 00:06 IST

Former captain Paul Collingwood and wicketkeeper Matt Prior have been dropped from England’s squads for upcoming one-day and Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.

Wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter and all-rounder Samit Patel have been recalled for both squads while fast bowler Steven Finn is also a surprise selection.

Collingwood, who retired from test cricket at the start of the year, is England's most capped one-day player but has been out with a knee injury.

Kieswetter’s return at the expense of Prior had been widely expected as England's test keeper has struggled to reproduce his best form in the limited-overs game.

"Paul Collingwood has been an inspirational limited-overs cricketer for England?over many years and we still see a role for him in this capacity based on form and fitness," national selector Geoff Miller said in a statement. “His omission is purely down to form over a period of time.”

Bowler James Anderson has retained his place after being left out during the recent World Cup.