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Ashes hero wants Onions back in squad

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Former England bowler Steve Harmison has admitted he would love to see Durham's Graham Onions given an opportunity in the fourth Ashes Test. 

He does, however, expect England to stick with the side that drew with Australia at Old Trafford to reclaim the Ashes. 

The fast bowlers play County Cricket together for Durham, and although Harmison is hopeful his teammate will feature in Friday's Test on his home ground, the former Ashes hero believes England's squad will remain unchanged with Tim Bresnan keeping his place. 

Harminson told Sky: "I would love (England) to play Graham Onions, not just because of what Graham means to me having seen him grow up. 

"But where he fits in is the difficult thing. Tim Bresnan has come in and done a great job, so it would be unfair on him if he didn't play in this Test match."

Despite being largely outplayed by Australia in the third Test, England reclaimed the Ashes with a draw after rain prevented the visitors from finding a way back into the five-game series. 

Now 2-0 up with two left play, England will be looking to win the series outright when tomorrow's Test gets under way, with Harmison confident there will be no alterations to the squad. 

"I don't see England changing their side, I don't think they need to. They've played some good cricket, they were just outplayed at Old Trafford," explained the 34-year-old. 

"But, if they want to give someone a rest, if there's injury concerns over Stuart Broad, maybe they want to give him a week off, but if I was Stuart Broad I would be upset if I was given a week off.

Harmison played 63 Tests for his country, taking 226 wickets including 45 over Australia. He was also part of the famous 2005 winning squad, where he took the final wicket in the memorable Edgbaston Test as England defeated Australia by two runs.


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