England call up Tremlett for Old Trafford

Published: Monday, May 19, 2008, 22:47 [IST]
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England have added fast bowler Chris Tremlett to their squad for the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday at Old Trafford.

Tremlett will replace the injured Matthew Hoggard in a 12-man squad.

Hoggard, left out of the team that drew the first Test of this three-match series at Lord's on Monday, is unfit after having his thumb broken by rival seamer Stephen Harmison in a county match last week.

Hampshire pace bowler Tremlett, who won three Test caps against India last year, impressed for the England Lions against New Zealand during last week's tour match at his Rose Bowl ground.

Tremlett, 26, who won three Test caps against India last summer, impressed against the Kiwis in last week's tour match against the England Lions at the Rose Bowl.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "Chris performed well in last summer's npower Test Series against India and was unfortunate to have to return home early from the tour of New Zealand through injury."

The former England off-spinner added: "He is a player whose form we have been closely monitoring for some time and I am sure that he will be very pleased to be back in the squad and keen to stake his claim for a regular place in our bowling attack."

Tremlett suffered a back spasm in last week's County Championship game against Surrey but has recovered to win a recall ahead of Harmison.

England squad for second Test against New Zealand

Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Tim Ambrose (wkt), Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett

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