England send SOS to Borthwick and Tredwell

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Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and off-spinner James Tredwell have been added to England's Ashes squad in the absence of the recently retired Graeme Swann.

Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and off-spinner James Tredwell have been added to England's Ashes squad in the absence of the recently retired Graeme Swann.

Swann retired from international and first-class cricket with immediate effect on Sunday, leaving the tourists short of resources ahead of the fourth and final Tests in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

Left-armer Monty Pansesar is likely to be drafted into the XI in the absence of Swann, with Borthwick suggested as a longer-term replacement. Borthwick has been capped twice in ODI cricket and has earned one Twenty20 International, but is yet to make a Test match debut.

"I think Monty's going to come in and do a great job in this game coming up this week. Whoever ends up taking the role full-time I think they'll do a great job as well," said Swann.

"Personally I hope little Borthwick gets a chance before long. He's a leg-spinner with a bit of x-factor and he can bat as well. Despite supporting Manchester City and Sunderland, two of the worst teams in England, he is a good guy."

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The 23-year-old Borthwick will be available for both closing fixtures of the five-match series, which the hosts lead three-nil, while the 31-year-old Tredwell will only join the squad for the final Test.

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