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England bowlers rested from county action

Andrew McGlashan

July 10, 2012

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None of the bowlers likely to make up England's attack for the first Test against South Africa will play first-class cricket before the series, having been rested for this week's round of County Championship matches following the one-day series against Australia.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann are unavailable for their counties, who all start four-day matches on Wednesday - roughly 12 hours after the end of the final NatWest Series tie at Old Trafford.

England's concerns lie primarily with Swann, who was rested for the final two ODIs against Australia to nurse a troublesome elbow, and Bresnan, who sat out the last match, also with an elbow niggle.

The management's decision means that the only bowler playing county cricket this week who is in the shake up for a Test slot is Durham's Graham Onions who is currently in action against Worcestershire. He appeared in England's most recent Test, against West Indies at Edgbaston, when Broad and Anderson were rested.

Anderson was troubled by a groin injury during the Australia series and missed the second match at The Oval, while Broad and Finn played the four games that were possible. Bresnan is currently in possession of a Test place but Finn, who also played against West Indies last month, will push him close after taking eight wickets at 19.37 in the one-day matches against Australia including 4 for 37 at Chester-le-Street.

Rest has also been prescribed for some of the batsmen, with England's ODI captain, Alastair Cook, and Ravi Bopara, who is favoured for a Test recall to replace Jonny Bairstow, not available for Essex's Championship match against Gloucestershire, although Bopara can play the CB40 match that follows on Sunday.

Jonathan Trott has also been given the week off whereas Ian Bell, his Warwickshire team-mate, does play against Sussex at Edgbaston. Earlier this season Bell was eager to play as much cricket as possible after a lean winter and appeared for England Lions against the West Indians.

England's Test specialists - Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior and, these days, Kevin Pietersen - will all play a Championship match as expected. Strauss will face Nottinghamshire (minus Broad and Swann) at Uxbridge, Prior has a match against Warwickshire and Pietersen will face Lancashire - but not Anderson - for Surrey at Guildford. For Strauss it will be his first competitive outing since the final Test against West Indies.

Eoin Morgan, who is unlikely to be in the Test thinking, sits out Middlesex's match, which means he will not need to make a late-night dash south after the ODI.

The time span of 12 hours between a floodlit match at Old Trafford and the Championship matches, largely in the south, also swayed the selectors' thinking about the fast bowlers. Quite why the quirk in the fixture list was allowed is something England are unlikely to discuss.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by threeslipsandagully on (July 11, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

@RandyOZ Not being funny here mate, but your boys have just been totally humiliated but these bowlers. I mean, come on; you had Mitchell Johnson in your touring party, so you're hardly in a position to criticise anyone else's bowling options.

Posted by pom_don on (July 11, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

@RandyOZ I take it by your comment that you don't rate Anderson,Finn,Bresnan, Broad & Swann..........what is going to happen to Australia on their next meeting with us if we find some 'good bowlers' in the meantime.............? It's simply the best balanced attack in world cricket run a close second by SA & I am afraid Aus is not in the running at the moment.

Posted by allblue on (July 10, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

I'm disappointed that Morgan won't be playing for Middlesex tomorrow. Surely the plan is for him to play as much four-day cricket as possible to press his case for a recall to the Test side. He's hardly been overworked, since his fine innings in the first ODI he's hardly had a bat, and he's not going to improve his longer form game sitting out championship matches. Still, a cracking game in prospect weather permitting, and if everyone's tip for relegation were somehow to win it they would have to be considered serious contenders at the other end of the table.

Posted by funkyandy on (July 10, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

As a Warwickshire fan, I'm delighted with Sir Ian Bell's attitude. A Bears' legend!! Shame Trott can't play, but he probably needs a good sit down!

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Andrew McGlashan Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.
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