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Onions Named In Fourth Test Squad

Graham Onions (centre) and Chris Tremlett (right) are included in England's 13-man fourth Test squad
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Graham Onions could be in line to play the fourth Ashes Test at his home ground in Chester-le-Street after he was named in England's 13-man squad.

He joins Chris Tremlett and the 11 players who drew the third match at Old Trafford to help England retain the Ashes while James Taylor is omitted from the squad.

With the fourth Test beginning just four days after the third one has finished, Tremlett and Onions offer back up to the fast bowlers and with Kevin Pietersen proving his fitness, Taylor is no longer required as batting cover.

Onions last played a Test in 2012 against the West Indies but has taken 47 wickets at 21.36 this summer including a haul of seven for 62 in his most recent match against Middlesex, which was portayed by some in the media as a 'bowl-off' between him and fellow England hopeful Steven Finn.

Tremlett, meanwhile, took the wicket that won England the Ashes series in 2010/11 and following injury problems has taken 19 wickets at 39.63 this season.

"While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket," National Selector Geoff Miller said.

"The inclusion of Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett gives Andy Flower and Alastair Cook an opportunity to assess both the fitness of the bowling attack following the third Test as well as the conditions at Durham," he added.

England Fourth Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, James Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graham Onions, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott

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