Durham pace bowler Graham Onions has been called into the England squad as bowling cover ahead of the fourth Test, after Chris Tremlett was ruled out with a back problem and James Anderson suffered a minor quadriceps injury.
Anderson has experienced tightness in his right quadriceps following England’s win over India in the third npower Test at Edgbaston.
Chris Tremlett will miss the fourth Test through injury after failing to overcome a back injury in time for the final match against India.
National selector Geoff Miller said, “Unfortunately Chris Tremlett has failed a fitness test and won’t be available for selection for the fourth npower Test, despite showing strong signs of recovery over the past few days.
“Chris’s absence in conjunction with what appears to be a minor injury concern with Jimmy Anderson has led to a call up for Graham Onions as precautionary bowling cover.
“We are hopeful that Jimmy will overcome this niggle by Thursday but more time is required before a decision on his availability can be made conclusively.
“Steven Finn is obviously in the squad and he is now joined by Graham Onions who has been in good form for Durham since returning from a back injury at the start of the season.”
Onions has taken 39 wickets at 28.82 in nine Championship matches for Durham this season and played for England Lions against Sri Lanka at Derby in May, taking three wickets in that match.
He has played eight Tests for England, taking 28 wickets at an average of 31.03 and has a best figure of 38/5 which came on debut against West Indies at Lord’s.