Tremlett on brink of Test return

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Former fast bowler Bob Willis has implored England to include fast bowler Chris Tremlett in the XI for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

Former fast bowler Bob Willis has implored England to include fast bowler Chris Tremlett in the XI for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

Tremlett has been retained in a squad which features the uncapped Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes and the recalled Steven Finn. Seamers Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions, meanwhile were not considered due to respective back and finger injuries.

"With Bresnan out with that stress fracture of the back at The Oval Chris will come in. Surrey and England have been monitoring his progress very carefully this season. He is now back to full fitness and bowling well," Willis told <i>Sky Sports News</i>.

Left-arm spinner Kerrigan has graduated to the international fold on the back of an outstanding 2013 County Championship Division Two campaign, clinching 47 wickets in 10 matches at the impressive average of 20.23.

While the 24-year-old has been named in the 14-man squad ahead of fellow slow bowler Monty Panesar, who was recently fined for urinating on a security guard in Brighton, his position in the playing XI remains in the balance.

England, who sport an unassailable three-nil lead in the five-fixture affair on the back of a 14-run win at Trent Bridge, 347-run victory at Lord's, rain-affected draw at Old Trafford and 74-run triumph at Chester-le-Street, are not likely to rest the in-form Graeme Swann.

"I think he is probably going to go to Australia in front of Panesar. It is a little bit of a thankless task carrying the drinks around on these tours abroad because if Swann remains fit he probably is the best orthodox finger spinner in world cricket," added Willis.

Seamer Woakes, who has earned 13 ODIs and four Twenty20 Internationals, has been afforded a second chance to debut in a Test – after not getting a berth in the final XI despite featuring the squad for the series against New Zealand earlier this year.

"England are constantly looking for an all-rounder. Woakes is a very capable batsman. He bats up at number six or Warwickshire. I am not sure yet on flat pitches his bowling is quite up to the mark. I would be very surprised if he was included in the final team," concluded Willis.

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