Ashes 2013: Monty Panesar recalled to England squad

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England have recalled James Taylor, Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett for the third Ashes test beginning on Thursday at Old Trafford.

James Taylor, who was replaced by Joe Root after playing two tests against South Africa last summer, has been recalled as cover for Kevin Pietersen, who is suffering from a calf injury. 

Surrey seamer Chris Tremlett and Sussex spinner Monty Panesar have come in to replace seamers Steven Finn and Graham Onions.

Pietersen, 33, suffered from a calf problem during the second Test at Lord’s and was unable to field during the second innings. 

Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor was asked to play as a guest for Sussex in a three-day match against Australia by the England and Wales Cricket Board, and he justified this decision by scoring a century.

As the wicket at Old Trafford is usually spin-friendly, Panesar has been called into the squad to add attacking options, and if he makes it into the playing XI, it would be his first Test at home after about four years.

Tremlett has been recalled to the England squad after 18 months, after performing well this season, recovering from a couple of injuries.

Selector Geoff Miller considers Taylor to be an adequate replacement for Pietersen, who will be given time to prove his fitness.

He said: "Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and he will be assessed by the medical team closer to the start of the Test, and we have therefore included an extra batsman in James Taylor who has been in good form for Nottinghamshire this season.

"Chris Tremlett has worked hard to regain fitness and form following a couple of injuries and his performances for Surrey this season have been very encouraging.

"Including an additional spinner in Monty Panesar, who has plenty of international experience, provides Alastair Cook (captain) and Andy Flower (coach) with a number of options."

England lead the five-match series 2-0, winning by 14 runs in the opening Test at Trent Bridge, and the second Test at Lord’s by 347 runs, and will retain the Ashes if they can avoid loss at the Manchester.

England squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).


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