Australia in England 2012 July 5, 2012

Swann ruled out of last two ODIs


England's offspinner Graeme Swann has been rested from the final two fixtures in the NatWest Series to enable him to overcome discomfort in his right elbow ahead of the Test series against South Africa, which begins at The Oval in a fortnight.

Swann has had to manage a niggling elbow problem for some time, but it is not thought to be serious enough to put his involvement against South Africa at risk in the showpiece series of the summer.

Warwickshire's allrounder Chris Woakes and Kent offspinner James Tredwell have been added to the squad for the remaining two matches against Australia. Woakes has been added to and removed from the squad so often that it will be an achievement if he manages to turn up at the right ground.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "We had earmarked the fourth and fifth matches in this series as an opportunity to rest Graeme regardless of the result at Edgbaston as we have to consider our preparations for the Investec Test series later this month. Graeme has some pain in his elbow at the moment and we feel that an extra week's rest will allow his elbow to settle."

Heavy rain is forecast for Chester-le-Street on Friday afternoon, and there is no sign of settled weather ahead, bringing the fear of further disruption after the third ODI at Edgbaston was washed out without a ball being bowled.

England have made some gesture towards the worsening financial plight of the counties, as the FLt20 tournament has been largely lost without trace thanks to abysmal weather and the usual clash with international fixtures.

Samit Patel has been released to play for Nottinghamshire against Yorkshire on Thursday and Jonny Bairstow will be available for that fixture, as well as Yorkshire's Roses clash against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Both players will return to the squad ahead of the fourth ODI on Saturday.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on July 7, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    @AKS286 on (July 07 2012, 16:26 PM GMT) different courses for different horses there . WCs are remembered so you have a point there but points rankings reflect the consistency of a team over a certain period.

  • Anupam on July 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    @INDFAN1 i agree with you, ranking does't matter until and unless any team fails in main occasion. the 83 WC when india won just after that indian team whitewashed by WI team. and also i want to mention SAFFERS they have awesome team but they choke at main event. like WI, NZ poor ranking and poor performance also. So, ranking is good but WC point table is more important.

  • Willem on July 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Australia is getting swell! All the pieces are there, but they need to be placed at the right spot. It's just a click away: once the batters do their job, the bowlers will follow. Or when the bowlers are on track the batters feel less pressure. No worries mate! It's all about one little click. :-)

  • Richard on July 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @Indfan1 and you can win a test series in Australia and do likewise !!

  • John on July 6, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @INDFAN1 on (July 06 2012, 10:46 AM GMT), you seem confused. Winning a WC and being the #1 ranked team have nothing specifically to do with each. India have proven that. England may take the #1 ODI ranking without winning the next WC and they may win the next WC without taking the #1 ranking. They might do neither or they might do both. Regardless, you probably ought to learn the difference.

  • John on July 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @INDFAN1 on (July 06 2012, 10:46 AM GMT) - Start winning some matches and your comments will hold more water

  • Anupam on July 6, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @RandyOz Tredwell is better than panesar. tredwell can bat also.swann & ajmal are the best spinners in current cricket. swann injury is a good chance for tredwell to play.

  • Big on July 6, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @Hammond, that's a bit selfish statement - but expected from an English fan. If Ashes is too important than why bother watching the current series, just turn-off your TV and don't use internet for cricket information. Wait till the Ashes begin. You do know there is a big world outside of Ashes. Regardless, if you think 3 months of rest is necessary before Ashes then how do you believe they will have real world experience before the series?

  • Jon on July 6, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @INDFAN1, If we are to go by the logic of many Inidan fans that our results at home are not important, should we also suggest that your WC win is nullfied by the fact that it was played in your own back yard. If the only means by which Eng can prove themselves is to win in India, then surely the only means by which India can prove themselves is by winning in ENG/AUS + SA. Therefore by this logic there was no point in India winning the WC, they have to win it in Aus for it to count. Of course, I don't follow this logic personally, but surely you must see the flaws in constantly writing off all our games played at home. Pot, kettle black?

  • Jon on July 6, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, yeah I agree that spinners to tend to mature later, but if we are going to be realistic, we have to say that Tredwell does not have what it takes to be a top class spinner. Yes, he provides control, but against the players of Ind/ Sri Lanka that is not enough. For once I actually agree with Randy Oz that Monty has been given a raw deal, he is vastly improved. I think Tredwell may do a job against Aus and SA, but we need to look for a proper replacement for Swann, someone who has the potential to bowl match winning spells. I just don't see any future for Tredwell. I would really hate to see him bowling against the best players of spin, if our quicks had no come off.

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