Hoggard returns for fourth Test
"Matthew has been bowling pain-free for the last few days and he will play for Yorkshire against Northamptonshire in the Friends Provident Trophy on Wednesday," said England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney. "The next step for him then will be to bowl in the nets at Chester-le-Street on Thursday and show that he is available for selection.
"If he is fully fit, he will replace Liam Plunkett in our starting line-up for the next Test match," said Graveney. "James Anderson will be our standby seam bowler and he will also play for his county, Lancashire in their Friends Provident Trophy match against Nottinghamshire on Wednesday."
Although England have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Wisden Trophy, Hoggard's steadying influence has been sorely missed all series. The Nottinghamshire seamer, Ryan Sidebottom, has impressed on his return to the side, taking eight wickets at Headingley in his first Test match for six years, but the Durham pairing of Plunkett and Steve Harmison have been largely off-colour.
Harmison, however, belatedly found some of his best form at Old Trafford, taking four for 95 in the second innings and six wickets in the match, including two in four balls to usher West Indies ever closer to defeat on the final morning. He is set to lead England's attack on his home ground on Friday.
England 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Steve Harmison, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 Matthew Hoggard, 11 Monty Panesar.