Onions still in England frame?

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Former coach David Lloyd has suggested England seamer Graham Onions will remain in contention for a Test recall, despite recent exclusion from the Ashes squad.

Former coach David Lloyd has suggested England seamer Graham Onions will remain in contention for a Test recall, despite recent exclusion from the Ashes squad.

England have named a 17-man touring party for the series in Australia, lined with right-arm seamers Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Chris Tremlett.

Onions, however, was overlooked despite a superb run of form for Durham, which saw him top the 2013 County Championship Division One's wicket-taking ranks. The uncapped Boyd Rankin, meanwhile, was called up.

"In my view, he is still the understudy to James Anderson and if they need him – if Anderson breaks down – then they can get him," Lloyd wrote in his <i>Sky Sports</i> blog. "It think it's sensible for him to be playing cricket this winter, rather than carrying drinks and getting bored mindless in Australia.

"A lot of people have been saying that it's a disgrace that he didn't make the squad, but I think he's better off playing cricket and being able to arrive, match fit, at a moment's notice.

"Maybe I'm being naive here, but I think this might have been sorted out between the player and the selectors. I might be wrong, but I think he's the understudy to Anderson and while it's at a distance, I think he's very much part of that squad."

The first Test will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November. Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host fixtures two, three, four and five respectively.

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