Woakes, Kerrigan named in fifth Test squad

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The uncapped Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes have been named in England's squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

The uncapped Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes have been named in England's squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will get underway at The Oval in London on Wednesday.

Fast bowler Steven Finn, meanwhile, has been recalled – and the lanky Chris Tremlett retained. All-rounder Tim Bresnan and seamer Graham Onions, however, were not considered due to injury.

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.

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.

"The inclusion of five pace bowlers as well as an additional spinner in Kerrigan, who has impressed with Lancashire and England Lions in recent years gives Andy Flower and Alastair Cook plenty of options once they have assessed the conditions at The Oval," said national selector Geoff Miller.

"Bresnan has made valuable contributions with both bat and ball during the series and I would like to wish him all the very best in his recovery from his back injury. The focus for Bresnan now will be the tour of Australia later this year while this Test will provide an opportunity for another member of this squad to make equally vital contributions."

The 14-man squad does not include batting cover, despite concerns over the right-handed Kevin Pietersen's fitness and the young Jonny Bairstow's trying stretch of form. Pietersen has been nursing a knee injury through out the series, which the hosts lead three-nil, while Bairstow has managed a mere 203 runs in seven innings.

England 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.

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