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England name uncapped duo for final Ashes Test
AFP
London, August 18, 2013
First Published: 14:34 IST(18/8/2013)
Last Updated: 14:38 IST(18/8/2013)

England included the uncapped duo of Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes and Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in a 14-man squad announced Sunday for next week's fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.

Woakes, already a one-day international player, was brought in after pace bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan, who starred with bat and ball in England's 74-run fourth Test win at Chester-le-Street, was ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Kerrigan was added to bolster the spin department with pitches at The Oval renowned for taking turn.

Kerrigan's inclusion is an extra spin option for captain Alistair Cook in addition to off-break bowler Graeme Swann.

England have already retained the Ashes, leading the series 3-0, in thw process winning three successive Test series against Australia for the first time since the 1950s.

England also gave themselves additional fast bowling choices by including Chris Tremlett, who if selected will be playing on his Surrey home ground in south London, and Middlesex's Steven Finn, dropped after the 14-run first Test win over Australia at Trent Bridge.

"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 (coach) Andy Flower and Alastair Cook plenty of options once they have assessed the conditions at the Kia Oval," said England national selector Geoff Miller in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

Tremlett, who starred in England's 3-1 Ashes win in Australia in 2010/11, played the last of his 11 Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last year, with the towering 31-year-old's career blighted by injuries.

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


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