The Investec Ashes 2013 July 28, 2013

Taylor, Tremlett, Panesar recalled


James Taylor, Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar have all been included in an expanded 14-man squad for the third Investec Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Steven Finn, who was left out at Lord's in favour of Tim Bresnan, and Graham Onions have been dropped, while Kevin Pietersen is included with his calf injury, which is progressing well, due to be assessed closer to the match.

The recalls for Tremlett, who last played for England against Pakistan in the UAE early last year, and Panesar reflect the conditions that are expected at Old Trafford where traditionally, pace, bounce and spin come to the fore. However, it remains unlikely that England will tinker with the bowling attack that was so impressive at Lord's.

Tremlett's return is a significant blow for Finn, who was in the three-man pace attack just two Tests ago but does not even feature in a 14-man squad now. He has been working on technical aspects of his run-up and delivery for most of the year and in Test cricket has rarely looked completely comfortable.

Tremlett trained with the England squad during the Lord's Test as he continues to build up his workload during the season after missing the majority of 2012 with a series of injuries, the most serious of them being to his back. England are keen to have him available for the Ashes in Australia later this year after the impact he had during the 2010-11 series.

Last month, he told ESPNcricinfo that he was confident his body would now allow him to get through Test matches again. "If I was picked for a Test tomorrow I'd be confident," he said. "If you had asked me that three games into the season, my honest answer would have been that I'm not ready to play Test cricket. But now I have some games under my belt, I have my confidence back. I feel I'm ready now. I've no doubt."

Panesar, the other bowler brought into the squad, remains England's second spinner in Test cricket despite a difficult tour of New Zealand where he had to take on the main role in Graeme Swann's absence. He enjoyed some success against the Australians at Hove with 3 for 70, which followed a five-wicket haul against Middlesex, although his overall Championship returns this season are a modest 21 wickets at 40.09.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "Chris Tremlett has worked hard to regain fitness and form following a couple of injuries and his performances for Surrey this season have been very encouraging. Including an additional spinner in Monty Panesar who has plenty of international experience provides Alastair Cook and Andy Flower with a number of options.

"Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and he will be assessed by the medical team closer to the start of the Test and we have therefore included an extra batsman in James Taylor who has been in good form for Nottinghamshire this season." Miller said. Taylor is currently playing for Sussex against the Australians in the tour match at Hove.

It would be a quirk of fate if it were to be Taylor who replaced Pietersen, given the stories that emerged following his Test debut against South Africa, at Headingley last year, where he had an extended partnership with Pietersen, although may not have overly impressed his senior team-mate.

After being abruptly dropped after his two appearances against South Africa, and not even named in the England performance squad at the start of the season, Taylor was told to churn out the runs at domestic level and work on some technical flaws which concerned the selectors, specifically his ability to handle deliveries outside off stump.

His performances for Nottinghamshire, where he has made 824 runs at 58.85 in the Championship, mean he has done all he can at county level to make the selectors consider him again.

Squad Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, James Taylor, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Monty Panesar

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • H on July 30, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @JG2704 I think when he gets it right he can be unplayable. Bowls a bit faster than Jimmy, gets more bounce and if he bowls the right length, he gets swing too. Has a good cricketing brain and some good changes of pace so when there's nothing in it for him, he can still come up with ways to get batsmen out.

    The really pleasing thing has been how much more consistent he's getting. Jimmy's real asset isn't just the wickets he takes, but his accuracy, which gives Cook control even when things aren't going his way. Broad's increasing consistency means we've got more ability to sustain the pressure, and we all know pressure gets wickets, no matter what the conditions are like.

    As for picking him when not fully fit, I feel as though the worst aspect of that isn't even what it does to him or the team. It's that we never use those times to look at our other options, to give one of our young quicks a go. We'll never know if they're up to Test standard if they don't play.

  • Tom on July 30, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Kerrigan is a Lancs lad but the test wicket at OT is on the original square and plays differently from the new strips that Kerrigan has been taking all those wickets on. Anyway you have to think Monty is there strictly as cover for Swann.

  • Richard on July 30, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    GiantScrub: I wasn't denying that Bairstow is 'not learning' (though given his age, he's still got time). I was saying that calling for Taylor - who gets out consistently lbw in county cricket when playing across the line - to replace him because of his technical deficiencies seems a little odd. Bairstow has worked out a way to be effective in Test cricket this year. He doesn't deserve to be dropped.

  • Dan on July 30, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    RichardG: Bairstow does not learn. He's been bowled five and a half times in fifteen innings. I remember watching the Lord's test against SA last year - he played the same mindless T20 swipe to an identical innocuous straight one from Morkel, with the exact same result. I have no problem with players playing across the line, as long as they either confine it to balls that are missing the stumps, or are Viv Richards and never miss.

  • John on July 29, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @SDH12 - Re Monty/Kerrigan - I'd have gone for SK for this one because his stats have been better and it's on his home ground . Re Monty , it's a weird one as they ditched him in SL after the 1st test after he'd done so well in UAE and yet he looked short of ideas in NZ. Sure you could say he it would be harsh after 1 poor tour but he doesn't appear to have done so much since he got back to England

    @H_Z_O / cric_J - Broad seems to be every "Neutral" fan's Love To Hate person. I have at times criticised his inclusion when not fully fit , but when he is fit and on his game he's up there with Jimmy for me. The one thing I'm always wary of is picking an injury prone bowler in a 4 man bowling attack , but personally I'm a big Broad fan and for me he exudes passion.

  • H on July 29, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @cric_J hey now, I know JG2704 and I agree on a lot of things, but I'm not him! I'd have to agree with you about Broad being our second best, although I must confess that before the series I would have said Finn was. Mostly because I wasn't sure the lessons from Broad's performance against New Zealand at Lord's would sink in.

    He has a good bouncer, and he should use it, but I've always felt he should look at Glenn McGrath as a role model. They're of a similar build, similar pace, but Glenn's success came from bowling most of his deliveries on the right line and length, and then using the odd sharper short one (just ask Pietersen, whose ribs he broke) just when the batsman least expects it. I thought the Oval in 2009 was a turning point, but then he started bowling short again.

    I'm not saying he's McGrath (he's not) or even close, but there's nothing wrong with taking inspiration from a fast bowler who has a lot of physical similarities to you. A fast bowler with 563 Test wickets.

  • Dean on July 29, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Quite a few comments regarding Onions non inclusion. Even if he would have made the squad he wouldn't have played so with Durham having a CC game during test it's best he gets some overs under his belt. I am surprised to see Lurch back, his form has been pretty mediocre for Surrey so far & my feeling was that he probably needed a few more FC games to get somewhere near his best & prove he was worth a place on the winter tour. Some saying Monty is there as cover but I think he's been picked because there is a very small chance Eng could go with both spinners, if they think this is going to be a raging Bunsen. We shouldn't forget that on the dry turning tracks in Ind during the winter he was our best bowler & he has an outstanding record at OT, however my gut feeling is it will be the same bowling unit as Lords . As for Taylor we knew he would be in the squad, if KP does fail to makes it he plays & if he does well it maybe enough to get him on the plane to Aus later in the yr.

  • Richard on July 29, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    GiantScrub: "I live in hope that the selectors drop the technically inadequate Bairstow for him or Ballance before he gets bowled again trying to swat another straight one over midwicket."

    Have you seen Taylor bat? He plays across the line and around his front pad every bit as much as Bairstow. And let's not forget that Bairstow - for all his faults - is the third highest scoring batsman in this series thus far. The people seemingly willing him to fail perplex me.

    Henrick Loven - Kerrigan will wait because spin bowling, more than any other discipline in cricket, is reliant on experience. As Shane Warne - a freak who still was 23 before establishing himself at international level - says, spin bowlers need to get their 'neck ache' before they are ready.

  • shashwata on July 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @Bhavesh Buch : Well mate, I know that Broad is a very decent batsman as well but that does not mean that he is a "part timer" ! Not by any means. And BTW by saying so , are you suggesting that India lost 24 wkts to a "part timer" on the 2011 tour ?

    You desperately need to understand that bowling is not just about getting 5 fors and 10 fors. It is also about creating pressure and making the batsman unsure and uncomfortable. And Broad was the best of all seamers at doing that at Lord's.

    @JG2704 : Couldn't agree more with you re Broad. Just like Jimmy in his early days, Broad used to bowl the most unplayable spells immediately followed by the most horrendous ones. The only thing he was consistent at was at being inconsistent. But over the last two years, he has evolved into a much more mature , dependable and consistent bowler. And IMO he is surely England's second best test seamer at present , although a lot of people may beg to differ with me.

  • Samuel on July 29, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @JG - it's an odd situation. It would have been harsh to drop Monty after just one poor tour, but I do think form should have more say with the selectors, espeically for bowlers, than it currently does. Fact is Monty nowadays only seems to bowl well in tandem with Swann, whilst Kerrigan is quite clearly earmarked as his replacement. Seems like a missed trick not to get him involved, especially seeing as its at his home ground. Not a liability in the field like Monty either; he's not exactly an athlete, but a safe pair of hands at least. Can hang around at the crease too, although he's hardly what you'd call a batsman!

    @2MikeGattings - Kerrigan barely plays limited overs cricket for Lancs. Why not pick young players in the format they are most comfortable in?