Saturday 26 July 2008 

Harmison Back In England Squad For Third Test

Durham fast bowler Steve Harmison has been named in England's 13-man squad for the third Test against South Africa at Edgbaston.

The return of Harmison, who has been bowling well for Durham this season, means that Chris Tremlett and Darren Pattinson, who made his debut at Headingley in the second Test, miss out while Paul Collingwood is also retained in the squad.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) National selector Geoff Miller explained the decision.

"Steve Harmison has been bowling well for Durham this season and his inclusion in the Test squad gives us another option in terms of our bowling attack for the Edgbaston Test.

"Ryan Sidebottom has been progressing well with his back injury over the past week and we’re confident he’ll be fit for selection but obviously he’ll be monitored closely in the lead up to next Wednesday.

"Paul Collingwood was unlucky to miss out on a place in the team for the 2nd npower Test match but this decision was based on a number of factors. He has shown what a true professional he is by returning to Durham over the past week and playing well for his county.

"After a tough match at Headingley Carnegie I know the England team is looking forward to an improved performance in the 3rd npower Test and levelling the series against a very good South African side."

The third Test begins on Wednesday with South Africa leading the four-match series 1-0.

England: Michael Vaughan (captain), Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Tim Ambrose (wicket-keeper), Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Monty Panesar

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