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Tremlett earns England call-up

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 0:49 [IST]
 
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London: 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, 26, 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 home ground.

"We believe he deserves the opportunity," Michael Vaughan, the England captain, told reporters at Lord's.

"He bowled well for us last year, picked up an injury in New Zealand when it looked like he might get in the Test squad."

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

"Harmy just needs to bowl a bit more for Durham, and get big five-wicket hauls," Vaughan explained.

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."

However, Vaughan made it clear England were unlikely to alter their pace trio of Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the space of just a few days.

"It's very difficult until we've seen the wicket to tell you what the final XI will be but I'd have thought that the guys that bowled reasonably well here will be given another opportunity."

England squad for 2nd Test:

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

AFP

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