England news August 15, 2011

Onions called up to England squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Graham Onions has been called up to the England squad for the final Test against India at The Oval after Chris Tremlett was ruled out due to his back injury while concerns emerged over James Anderson.

Tremlett has failed to recover from the problems that ruled him out of the second and third Tests, meanwhile Anderson has experienced tightness in his right quadriceps since the victory at Edgbaston, on Sunday, which sealed the series and took England to No. 1 in the world. Steven Finn was already in the 13-man squad and now Onions will provide a further option for Andy Flower.

For Onions it is his first call-up to the full national side since leaving the tour of Bangladesh in March 2010 with a back injury that would subsequently be diagnosed as a stress fracture and put his career in doubt. He missed the whole of the 2010 season and towards the end of the summer had metal pins inserted in his back.

"Unfortunately Chris Tremlett has failed a fitness test and won't be available for selection for the fourth Test, despite showing strong signs of recovery over the past few days," Geoff Miller, the national selector, said. "Chris's absence in conjunction with what appears to be a minor injury concern with Jimmy Anderson has led to a call up for Graham Onions as precautionary bowling cover.

"We are hopeful that Jimmy will overcome this niggle by Thursday but more time is required before a decision on his availability can be made conclusively. Steven Finn is obviously in the squad and he is now joined by Graham Onions who has been in good form for Durham since returning from a back injury at the start of the season."

Onions has taken 39 wickets at 28.82 in nine Championship matches for Durham this season and played for England Lions against Sri Lanka at Derby in May. He only took three wickets in that match but bowled with good pace and has remained highly rated by the selectors throughout his injury lay-off.

In eight Tests Onions has taken 28 wickets at 31.03 including a best of 5 for 38 which came on debut against West Indies at Lord's. However, he is equally famous for two efforts with the bat when he survived the final overs against South Africa at Centurion and Cape Town. The Test at Newlands was his last because he was then dropped for the final match of the series at Johannesburg before injury struck in Bangladesh.

Onions has been preferred over Jade Dernbach, the Surrey fast bowler, who was named as cover for the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka earlier this season and has also made his one-day international debut. Whether he earns a recall to the XI will depend on whether Anderson, who has 18 wickets in the series including his four-wicket burst to remove the India top order on the fourth day at Edgbaston, is replaced with a like-for-like bowler should he not recover by Thursday.

Finn is the next pace bowler in line for a spot having played against Sri Lanka and has been a regular part of the squad, but Flower and Andrew Strauss may decide that with Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan able to trouble India with the short ball that Onions' fuller length is a better option.

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  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    @Lucky Lky I accept india is showing poor performance, but that doesn't mean its not worthy to hold no.1 place...if so why not england couldn't tried to touch that place for last two years..even they should have tried but we never let it happen.It's just a series and we will rise again...you will see

  • Andrew on August 18, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    I would also like to see Raina get some rest for this 4th test.Kohli should get a chance instead because Raina has been playing the most cricket in this Indian team. Yes, he is an important player and the best fielder of the team but Kohli is just as important too. Raina will be more important for the ODI's and T20s.Also Kohli can be handy with seam bowling and if by chance another Indian fast bowler is injured then he can bowl some overs of seam.

  • Valavan on August 17, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @ALL INDIAN FANS SAYING ENGLAND DIDNT WIN ANYTHING IN LAST 30 YEARS, Please visit this Link: http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1980S/1984-85/ENG_IN_IND/

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Dont support vijay selectors give him more chance but he s not using them

  • Kavin on August 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    @ Arjun_CB - Rightly said Arjun. At least india won a series in 2007 in England. What about England? They have ever won a series in India in last 30 years? If Indian players are not used to English conditions and they are not winning, then India is not a good side? And when England can't even win a test in India and performs well in their home conditions, and then they are the best? Gimmie a break! Let them come to India this December and we'll see! Forget about India, Let them first play Sri lanka in Sri Lanka and SA in SA LOL! They won't be even able to play Sri Lanka's Mendis and Randiv forget about R Ashwin.

  • Arjun on August 17, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    All those who are talking against India's No#1 spot in the test ranking. (Especially Eng/Aus/SL/SA guys), Eng wil be No#1 after this series, but Do remember this is the same point table make India No#1.. now i would like to ask a question to Eng supporters.. If Eng is No#1 test side, then why They can't win a series in india for the last 30 years??? Why they can't bat in subcontinental pitches??

    All team will have hom advantages.. mind you... then if you dare, come to india and play a 4 test match .... and win all 4 test matches....

  • Dip on August 17, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    The Selectors must give rest 2 the 38+ like Rahul Dravid,Sachin Tendulkar and MUST 2 VVS LAXMAN...he is d poorest performer.Sehwag also need some rest.....have 2 bring back new mettle guys like Vijay,Kohli,Rohit Sharma.......

  • Kavin on August 17, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Suggest to BBCI (i Know they won't listen but still) - When you prepare for tours like England, SA and Australia, where the conditions are overcast, pitches are made for pacers with green grass. Then why not create a stadium and similar conditions in northern part of India, where conditions are similar throughout the whole year. For example, Dharamshala cricket stadium and condition are similar to English conditions there. So why not prepare same pitches there and send the team 2-3 week before there, to prepare themselves for similar conditions? It can be easily done, if the intentions are there to play for the nation. But it won't happen because they are running around for money and rubbish IPL. The intent and hunger is missing.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    Stop dreaming indians.you are still #1 in flat track.and sehwag is the worst batsman ever in bouncy track.even tamim iqbal is better than him in bouncy track.play more test in india.make pitch as harbhajan wants.you will keep winning and cling to #1.and don't look for anything in this series.it's 4-0.although before starting the series,you told, india will win by 4-0 bla bla....except zaheer you have no seaming bowler.except srt,dravid,luxman.. no batsman for you....you are equal to any associate team now at the moment.e.g. kenya,nepal,holland,bangladesh,ireland.

  • Mark on August 17, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Sehwag has never succeeded where others have failed. His strength is that he makes the most of easy conditions. Even his big scores in Australia are in matches where all the other batsmen also made huge scores. Flat pitch bully.

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