Trott gets call as Eng name 14-man squad for 4th Test

Updated: 04 August 2009 15:58 IST

England on Tuesday announced a 14-man squad for the 4th Ashes Test against Australia at Leeds starting on Friday.

Trott gets call as Eng name 14-man squad for 4th Test

New Delhi:

England on Tuesday announced a 14-man squad for the 4th npower Ashes Test against Australia at Leeds starting on Friday.

The squad includes the eleven players who featured in the drawn 3rd Test at Edgbaston together with pace bowlers Stephen Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom, and the uncapped Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott.

ECB National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: "In choosing our squad for this Test Match, we decided to omit a second spinner as Headingley is not usually a ground where two spinners are required and therefore Monty Panesar misses out on selection this time.

"We will need to carefully assess the pitch and the overhead conditions at Headingley before finalising our eleven for this Test and the inclusion of Stephen Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom will give us different types of pace bowling options.

"Both players have been in good form for their Counties in recent weeks and as selectors we are delighted that competition for places in the side is so strong.

"Jonathan Trott has also performed really well for Warwickshire this season and his place in the squad is fully deserved. His inclusion will provide us with the option of playing six batsmen if we feel this is appropriate.

ECB said it was concerned about Flintoff's fitness and no decision will be taken on his availability till the start of the match.

"We will continue to closely monitor Andrew Flintoff's fitness in the build-up to Headingley. His right knee will be reassessed by our medical staff over the next forty-eight hours and no final decision on his availability will be taken until closer to the start of the Test Match."

Squad:
Andrew Strauss (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Graham Onions, Matt Prior, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.



Topics : Cricket
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