London: The uncapped duo of Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes have been added to the England squad for the final Ashes Test, which starts at the Oval on Wednesday.
Although England are unlikely to offer debuts to either player, the selection of Kerrigan, the 24-year-old Lancashire left-arm spinner, is confirmation of Monty Panesar’s fall from grace following his altercation with bouncers outside a Brighton night club two weeks ago.
Steven Finn is also recalled to the squad — having been dropped after the first Test — in place of Tim Bresnan, whose season was ended by the diagnosis of a stress fracture in his back following victory in Durham last week. Graham Onions is also out of the squad with a broken finger, creating an opening for Woakes, the Warwickshire all-rounder.
Despite the new names in the Test dressing room, England are likely to make only one change to the XI that will take the field at the Oval, with Chris Tremlett tipped to replace Bresnan. James Anderson is included in 14-man selection, with no indication yet that he will be rested after his heavy workload in the series so far, which England lead 3-0.
Alastair Cook (capt.), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Simon Kerrigan, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes.