Durham fast bowler Graham Onions will travel to the United Arab Emirates as cover for England's fast bowlers when they take on Pakistan in a three-Test series which begins in January.
Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett, who are all recovering from injuries, were named in the 16-man squad for the series.
Onions, who has played nine Tests, has been added to the touring party although is not added to the squad and may return home if all three fast bowlers are passed fit for the opening game in Dubai on 17th January.
"We've obviously got some niggles from the seamer point of view, so Graham Onions will go out there in a cover capacity," national selector Geoff Miller explained.
"If he's not required then he'll probably come back after the first Test, or even during it."
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