The Ashes 2013: Simon Kerrigan, Chris Woakes in for final Test

Akshay SK
Modified 18 Aug 2013

Simon Kerrigan

The Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan has been selected for the final Ashes Test against Australia. He has taken 47 wickets at an average of 20.23 in the recent County championship matches.

He also played in a practice match against Australia and took 1 wicket for 66 runs. He was clobbered by Shane Watson all over the park.

Also, Chris Woakes, who made his international debut in 2011, also returned to the English squad for the final Test match at The Oval.

With Tim Bresnan out of contention, Steven Finn and Chris Tremlett have been recalled for the final Test. England have named five fast bowlers in the squad, but it will be interesting to see who the third seamer will be in the final Test against Australia.

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 played an important role in England’s 74-run win at Durham, and England will be hoping that he returns in time for England when they will tour Australia later this year.

“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,” said national selector Geoff Miller.

“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.

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

Published 18 Aug 2013
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