England have called up Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell to their squad for the remainder of the Ashes series following the retirement of Graeme Swann.
Borthwick will arrive in time for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, with Tredwell only available for selection for the final Test in Sydney. Both men are only likely to play as a second spinner behind Monty Panesar, unless England aim to try out a few players now the Ashes are lost and hand a Test debut to Borthwick.
The 23 year-old is, in some ways, a surprise inclusion after a county season where he contributed more for county champions Durham from number three with the bat than he did with ball. However, he has displayed a good temperament throughout his career thus far and has already represented England at both 50-over and 20 over cricket. It is to be hoped that his promotion to the full side does not, as in the case of Simon Kerrigan, prove premature.
Tredwell has long been Swann’s understudy in limited-overs cricket and will now take over the lead role in that form of the game. His selection, therefore, is expected, despite a torrid season for Kent in 2013 where he took just 17 wickets at an average of 56.76 in the LV= County Championship.
England Ashes squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Scott Borthwick, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell (fifth Test only), Chris Tremlett.
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