Ashes, fourth Test: England consider recalling Graham Onions on his home ground at Durham
Last Updated: 08/08/13 7:11pm
Graham Onions (centre): Durham seamer is back in England squad for Ashes Test on his home ground
England retained the Ashes at a damp Old Trafford on Monday and now have the chance to clinch the series in the fourth Test in Durham on the back of just three days rest.
Outplayed for long periods in Manchester, the rain rescued England on the final day to allow them to maintain a 2-0 lead. As holders, Alastair Cook's men will keep possession of the Ashes for the third series in a row regardless of the outcome of the final two Tests.
There is little time for rest and reflection for either side before they are straight back into it at Emirates Durham ICG, which will be hosting its maiden Ashes Test.
Much of the interim has been taken up with yet more fallout from the DRS controversies that have dogged the series. This time, it is 'Hot Spot' under the microscope with both sides rubbishing claims in the Australian media that they are using silicon tape on the edges of their bats in order to prevent thin nicks showing up on the infrared camera.
England have tweaked their 13-man squad with the addition of Durham seamer Graham Onions in place of Sussex spinner Monty Panesar.
Onions and Chris Tremlett give England the option of rotating their seam attack if they deem it necessary, with James Anderson - whose 128.5 overs in the series are the most by a fast bowler - the prime candidate for a rest.
Australia reshuffled their batting order when chasing quick runs in the second innings at Old Trafford, moving David Warner up to open in place of Shane Watson.
Watson's moderate form with the bat means there is a strong case for Warner to remain in his preferred position, while the only other change likely being considered is a first appearance of the series for seamer Jackson Bird.
England have won all four of the previous Tests held at the venue - three by an innings - albeit the opposition was Bangladesh, West Indies (twice) and Zimbabwe.
The wicket is expected to be on the slow side and has offered uneven bounce earlier in the county season, possibly a result of scarring caused by an Australian Rules Football match on the ground last November.
As ever in England, the captain who wins the toss is well advised to look up as well as down. Cloud cover is forecast for much of the match with the meteorologists expecting the opening day to be the hottest, highs of 20 degrees Celsius.