Ashes 2013: Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes in England squad
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Uncapped Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes have been named in the England squad for the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.
Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes, 24, has played 13 one-day international and two Twenty20s, while left-arm spinner Kerrigan, also 24, has taken 48 first-class wickets this season.
Pace bowlers Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions are both absent injured.
England lead the series 3-0 after a 74-run win in the fourth Test in Durham.
Onions, 30, missed out on selection for the match on his home ground of Chester-le-Street then suffered a broken finger while playing for Durham.
Yorkshire's Bresnan, meanwhile, has a stress fracture of the back that will keep the 28-year-old out for the rest of the season.
"Tim 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," said national selector Geoff Miller.
"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 injuries mean a recall for Steven Finn and a call-up for Woakes, who has taken 27 first-class wickets at an average of 22.77 this season.
England selected Monty Panesar in their squad for the third Test at Old Trafford, but the Sussex left-arm spinner has since been fined by police for urinating on nightclub bouncers in Brighton.
Kerrigan, 24, who has taken more first-class wickets than any other spinner this summer, claimed 1-66 for England Lions in their drawn two-day game against Australia.
Miller added: "The inclusion of five pace bowlers as well as an additional spinner in Simon 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 Kia Oval."
Kerrigan has taken 47 wickets at 20.23 in the County Championship this summer, making him one of the top performing spinners in the country.
The 24-year-old said: "I'm delighted to be selected, but it was a bit hard to take in when he [Miller] rang. It all felt a bit surreal to be honest.
"Hopefully I can impress over the next couple of days and be ready if they choose two spinners."
England squad for fifth Test: Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Maybe still doubts about Root opening or Bairstow being test quality. But for people to be on the backs of Cook, Trott, KP, Prior is poor. They will come good. Not might, will.
Like this guy?
Neither Kerrigan/Woakes will play at the Oval. Woakes isn't good enough to bowl in a 4 man attack, so we'd need to bring in both and play 2 spinners- big change to a successful formula- wont happen- Tremlett for Bres will be the only change
FC Batting = 3089 runs @ 37.67
FC Bowling Average = 284 wickets @ 25.48
Those figures are utterly amazing. There are no English players who can match those figures in the modern era. By comparison, Flintoff averaged 4 runs less with the bat and 6 runs more with the ball in FC cricket!
Ignore Woakes' ODI performances. He is not an ODI player, just like Philander!
Taylor, Compton, Ali, Ballance, Morgan, Stokes, Buttler, Onions, Tremlett, Finn, Kerrigan...and then you can add in Bopara, Woakes, Barker, Harris and Plunkett.
Wonderful times indeed.
Whilst I am not saying he should be dropped - he is good enough to stay in the team, opening at Test level has exposed flaws that need rectifying if he is to succeed at this level batting at 2.
I only said he was worth a look! By all means, if there are young 83 mph bowlers who can do what Jimmy does with a ball, lets have them...
111, If the result doesn't matter and the batsmen need practice and the bowlers need a rest, why don't we just pick 11 batsmen?
We should respect test cricket, the ashes, and the paying public and pick as strong a side as possible
Taylor did not impress against SA, Bairstow did. Bairstow was messed about over the winter & has been given a run this summer with mixed results but some important knocks esp in 1st inns (both NZ tests & 1st 2 Aus tests). He may be seen as successor to Prior, ideally as an established test batsman, but needs time keeping instead of warming the bench in T20 & ODIs.
Hopefully Taylor will make the touring party, then will get a chance to impress in the warm ups.
England have to look to players who will be able to produce at the Oval and if Kerrigan plays he will be made to look below average, even against this poor Aussie side.
While he did well at Derby, he never able to consistently replicate that at test level, while eyesight may have been a problem I dont think it was the only one.