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December 23, 2013
Durham legspinner Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell, the Kent offspinner, have been added to the England Test squad for the remainder of the Ashes. The spinners were named in the squad following Graeme Swann's retirement from international cricket.
Borthwick is expected to arrive in Melbourne on Monday and will be available for selection for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Tredwell will join the team during the fourth Ashes Test.
During a press conference announcing his retirement, Swann had picked Borthwick as a future Test cricketer saying that the legspinner "had a bit of x-factor" and could contribute with the bat.
Borthwick had significant performances during Durham's County Championship Division One victory earlier this year, scoring 1022 runs in 16 games - the leading run-getter for Durham - and taking 28 wickets at an average of 38. In 59 first-class matches since his debut for Durham in 2009, Borthwick has scored 2322 runs at an average of 30.96 and has taken 110 wickets at 31.29.
Although Tredwell has played just one Test - against Bangladesh in 2010, where he finished with match figures of 6 for 181 - the Kent offspinner has been seen as an understudy to Swann. He was a part of the England Test squads on the tours to Sri Lanka in March 2012 and India in December 2012.
Tredwell played 15 of England's 22 ODIs in 2013, taking 25 wickets at an average of 22.36, including 11 wickets in the ODIs against India in January 2013. His overall ODI record stands at 36 wickets from 24 ODIs.
The offspinner made his T20 debut for England against India last year and has since played seven games, including one - against New Zealand in June 2013 - as captain of the England side.
In 140 first-class games, Tredwell has taken 352 wickets at an average of 35.75 and scored 3837 runs.
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