Onions recalled, Tremlett retained, Panesar rejected

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England have recalled seamer Graham Onions ahead of the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham, on Friday.

England have recalled seamer Graham Onions ahead of the fourth Ashes Test, which will get underway at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham, on Friday.

Onions was named in the squad for the first two matches against Australia, but dropped for the third. Batsman James Taylor, meanwhile, has been sidelined – after acting as cover for the previously injured Kevin Pietersen at Old Trafford.

Fast bowler Steven Finn, again, and spinner Monty Panesar has been excluded – while the lanky Chris Tremlett has retained a berth in the 13-man party. Ian Bell has recovered from a thumb injury.

"The inclusion of Graham and Chris gives Andy Flower and Alastair Cook an opportunity to assess both the fitness of the bowling attack following the third Test, as well as the conditions at Durham," said national selector Geoff Miller.

"While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes, there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket."

England have retained the coveted Ashes on the back of a 14-run win at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, 347-run triumph at Lord's in London – and Monday's rain-affected draw in Manchester.

<b>Squad:</b> Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior (wicketkeeper), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Graham Onions, Chris Tremlett.

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