Graham Onions has spoken of his desire to represent England for one last Test before he retires.
It is more than a year since the Durham seamer made his last appearance in England colours, but with questions remaining over Tim Bresnan’s fitness, Onions is certainly worth considering.
England will name their squad for the Ashes Down Under on Monday, and while Onions does not expect to play a major part, he is hoping to be given one last hurrah.
Bresnan is admittedly more experienced, having won the Ashes twice, while Onions has not played a lot of cricket on the international stage.
His debut came against the West Indies in 2009 and he went on to be selected in the sixteen man squad for the victorious Ashes tour of the same year.
Onions did not make an appearance however, and despite making a comeback against South Africa, he was dropped for the fourth Test of that series in favour of Ryan Sidebottom.
That was the bowler’s last Test tour, but although he has suffered with injuries, he has won plaudits for his performances with Durham, helping them to the the County Championship and could certainly be used as a fourth seamer against Australia.
Boyd Rankin, formerly of Ireland and Ben Stokes will also be on tenterhooks awaiting Monday’s squad announcement, having impressed against Australia in the ODI series, which England lost 2-1.
Chris Tremlett and Steven Finn will also be fighting for their places among the starting XI, even if England’s top order is practically inevitable.
England will go into the series hoping to win a fourth consecutive Ashes, something that would have seemed inconceivable a decade ago.
The 31-year-old has taken 32 wickets for England, and while his economy still needs to be perfected, he could prove a valuable asset if the Three Lions find themselves in need of quick wickets.
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