Sunday 18 August 2013 

England Call Up Kerrigan, Tremlett, Woakes

Chris Tremlett remains in the frame to play an Ashes Test at his home ground
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England have named a 14-man squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval which includes Simon Kerrigan, Chris Tremlett and Chris Woakes.

With Tim Bresnan (lower back stress fracture) and Graham Onions (broken finger) unavailable, fast bowlers Tremlett, Woakes and the recalled Steven Finn give England options.

Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan gets his first full call-up although it is not thought likely that England will play two spinners at home for the first time since 2009.

Kerrigan and Woakes are both uncapped at Test level, although Warwickshire's Woakes has played 13 One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals and Kerrigan has been part of England Development and Lions squads.

England lead the series 3-0 following wins at Trent Bridge, Lord's and Chester-le-Street while the third Test at Old Trafford was drawn.

“The players have produced some good cricket in this Investec Ashes series so far and should be congratulated on their performances but I have no doubt that the squad will be determined to finish this series with another strong performance this week and will be working hard in the build up to Wednesday," National Selector Geoff Miller said.

"The inclusion of five pace bowlers as well as an additional spinner in Simon Kerrigan who has impressed with Lancashire and England Lions in recent years gives Andy Flower and Alastair Cook plenty of options once they have assessed the conditions at the Kia Oval.

"Tim Bresnan has made valuable contributions with both bat and ball during the series and I would like to wish him all the very best in his recovery from his back injury.

"The focus for Bresnan now will be the tour of Australia later this year while this Test will provide an opportunity for another member of this squad to make equally vital contributions."

Finn played in the opening Test before he was replaced by Bresnan for the following three matches and his recent form may hand him an edge over Tremlett, who has only recently returned to full fitness.

Woakes toured New Zealand with Englad in the winter and has also been in strong form for Warwickshire, taking 26 wickets in the LV= County Championship at 21.50 as well as scoring three half-centuries, therefore offering more of a like-for-like replacement for Bresnan.

Tremlett took the wicket that won England the Ashes in Australia last year and was included in the squads at Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street.

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Simon Kerrigan, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

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