England have reacted quickly to off-spinner Graeme Swann’s retirement with the recruitment of two new players who join the Ashes squad in Australia.

Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell are both available however are unlikely to feature with slow left-armer Monty Panesar is favourite.

The arrival of the pair comes days after Swann’s shock decision to quit midway through the series after only achieving seven wickets.

With the series gone already after losing the first three Test matches convincingly, coach Andy Flower could change the side around for the Boxing Day test in Melbourne.

Tredwell will not arrive in time to play in the fourth Test but the uncapped Borthwick could win his first Test cap.

31-year-old Kent player Tredwell has one appearance before, playing against Bangladesh taking 6-181 three years ago.

Panesar is likely to get the spot if England decide to play a spinner but the two new boys could feature in the fifth and final test in Sydney.

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