Aug 18 2013
England have sprung two surprises by naming uncapped pair Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan in a 14-man squad for the fifth Ashes Test.
All-rounder Woakes and extra spinner Kerrigan join fast bowlers Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn in an otherwise predictable list of names.
Tremlett and Finn's presence was widely-expected following Tim Bresnan's season-ending back injury as England seek to conclude their third successive Ashes series victory with a 4-0 scoreline at the Kia Oval.
Lancashire spinner Kerrigan gives England an extra option to deploy two slow bowlers at a venue which often plays to their strengths, while Warwickshire's Woakes provides potential balance to the team.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "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."
Bresnan played a key part in England's series-sealing 74-run win at Chester-le-Street and it is hoped he will be fit again in time for the return assignment which gets under way in Australia in November.
"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," added 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 players have produced some good cricket in this Investec Ashes series so far and should be congratulated on their performances.
"But I have no doubt that the squad will be determined to finish this series with another strong performance this week and will be working hard in the build up to Wednesday."
England squad for fifth and final Investec Test against Australia, starting at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, August 21: AN Cook (Captain), JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, IR Bell, SCJ Broad, ST Finn, SC Kerrigan, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior (wkt), JE Root, GP Swann, CT Tremlett, IJL Trott, CR Woakes.