England go without Harmison

Collingwood, Sidebottom back for third Test

Last Updated: 29/07/08 6:06pm

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Collingwood: Swift recall

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England have recalled Paul Collingwood and Ryan Sidebottom for the third Test against South Africa starting on Wednesday.

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However, there is no place at Edgbaston for paceman Steve Harmison, who had been named in the initial 13-man squad, with Collingwood coming in for Stuart Broad and Sidebottom returning in place of Darren Pattinson.

Durham all-rounder Collingwood was dropped for the second Test defeat at Headingley but instantly made runs for his county, while Sidebottom was forced to sit out the match with a back injury and was expected to come straight back into the side.

Tim Ambrose, who batted at number six in Leeds, will drop down to eight to make way for Collingwood with Andrew Flintoff remaining at number seven.

Broad has shown great potential in his seven consecutive Tests since coming in for Harmison in New Zealand during the winter, but his recent lack of success with the ball sees him missing out this time.

The need for rest has been given as a reason for Broad's demotion; however, the 22-year-old has been included by Nottinghamshire for their County Championship match against Durham, which also starts on Wednesday.

England must win the match to keep alive their hopes of winning the series, currently being 1-0 down after the first two Tests.

England:
Michael Vaughan (capt), Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Tim Ambrose, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar.

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