The Ashes: England call seamers Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett
Last Updated: 06/08/13 12:25am
Graham Onions: Possible Ashes chance for Durham seamer on home soil
Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett will rejoin the England squad ahead of the fourth Ashes Test at the Emirates Durham ICG in Chester-le-Street.
Tremlett and Onions were omitted from the third Test team at Old Trafford, where England retained the Ashes with a rain-affected draw, but with the next game starting on Friday they have been recalled as cover.
England will assess the fitness of their seam attack, which had almost two days in the field at the start of the match, before making a decision on their side, with the in-form Onions a possible inclusion on his home ground.
Their seam attack struggled in the main at Old Trafford, only contributing two of the seven wickets to fall as Australia piled up 527-7 in their first innings before declaring.
Onions took seven wickets in the second innings of Durham's defeat at the hands of Middlesex over the weekend to give another prompt to selectors.
Surrey seamer Tremlett has not played in a Test for 18 months and he is again preferred to Steven Finn, who started the series in the team.
England have not called up any batting cover, allaying fears over the fitness of Ian Bell, who took a nasty whack on the thumb just before rain ended play for good on Monday.
National selector, Geoff Miller, said: "While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket.
"The inclusion of Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett gives Andy Flower and Alastair Cook an opportunity to assess both the fitness of the bowling attack following the third Test as well as the conditions at Durham."