London, Aug 16: As though India hasn't been hounded and grounded enough by the English pace attack in the three Tests of their tour so far, the battered visitors now has a promising new fast bowler to contend with. Relative new-comer Graham Onions has been recalled into the hosts' side after Chris Tremlett was ruled out of the fourth encounter while James Anderson's has complained of stiffness in his right quadricep.
It seems the English Cricket Board (ECB) has discerned more value in Onions over Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach, which were the other two options the board had been mulling over. But ultimately Onions secured the spot due to the power-that-be showing faith in his full-length bowling.
However, Onions has been off the cricketing scene since he withdrew from the Bangladesh tour in March 2010 with a back injury. The last official Test he appeared in was against South Africa January 2010 and later went on to skip the whole 2010 season while metal pins had been installed in his back.
On his return to the domestic circuit earlier this year, Onions snared up 39 wickets at 28.82 in nine Championship matches for Durham. He also figured in the England Lions game against Sri Lanka at Derby in May.
In the eight Tests that he has chalked up, Onions has taken 28 wickets at 31.03 including a best of 5/38 on debut against the West Indies. He has also proved himself as a handy bat down the order, playing two crucial innings in the last overs against South Africa at Cape Town and Durban.
One will have to see if Onions brings tears to the eyes of the Indians or whether the latter will chop him up.