Prior choice was a tough call - Flower

England team director Andy Flower has admitted it was a "tough decision" after the surprise selection of Matt Prior over Steven Davies for the World Cup squad.

Davies was the only wicketkeeper selected for the current ODI series against Australia and has played the last six one day fixtures but Prior has been brought in despite having not played a one-day international in almost a year.

Prior enjoyed a good Ashes series with bat and gloves but Flower said his ability on the slow sub-continental wickets swayed the decision to include him.

"Matt Prior did very well out here in the Test matches and is a combative, aggressive cricketer," said Flower. "He fits our aggressive fielding unit so those are the reasons why he has been picked for the World Cup but it was a tough decision."

Prior stayed on after the Ashes to play Twenty20 cricket for Victoria but has now been called up by England ready for the next ODI in Hobart on Friday.

Chris Tremlett and Chris Woakes had been left out which means Yorkshire duo Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad are included in the four man seam attack along with James Anderson and Stuart Broad who is due to link up with England again on Friday after sustaining injury in the Second Test.

Three spinners are chosen with James Tredwell joining Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy although Swann will miss the next two one-dayers, in Hobart on Friday and then Sydney on Sunday, due to a bruised knee.

After South Africa collapsed from 200-4 to 220 all out, India took a 2-1 series lead when recovering from 93-5 to reach 223-8 (Yusuf Pathan 59) with 10 balls to spare in Cape Town in the third ODI.

Pakistan, needing 274 to win, finished the final day on 226-5 to draw and clinch the series 1-0 against New Zealand in Wellington. Younis Khan made 81.

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