Fifth Ashes Test Preview
Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott looks set to make his England debut as they prepare for a must-win final Ashes Test at the Oval. The 27-year-old South African-born player was called up to replace Essex's Ravi Bopara after the latter had scored just 105 runs in seven innings in this Ashes series.
England will be hoping that debutante Trott, called up ahead of Rob Key and Mark Ramprakash, can recreate his prolific County Championship form which has seen him score 1,019 runs at an average of 92.09.
Speaking at the announcement of the England squad on Sunday, England selector Geoff Miller said of Trott:
"Having been part of the squad at Headingley, he was the next batsman in line in our view and this rewards him for the excellent form he has shown in county cricket both this summer and with England Lions over the winter."
Andrew Flintoff returns to the England side for his final Test after missing out the defeat at Headingley with a recurrence of a long-standing knee problem. Flintoff was left out at Headingley despite declaring himself fit and England will be hoping that a man often described as their "talisman" can recreate his best form and guide them to an Ashes victory.
Meanwhile, Australia can finally call upon the services of fast bowler Brett Lee as he recovered from a side strain sustained in the tour match against England Lions before the start of the series.
Lee bowled in a match against the same opposition this past weekend and played himself into contention for selection, being the pick of the Australian bowlers with figures of 3-37.
However, Australia have had to call up Tim Paine as wicket-keeping cover as both Brad Haddin and Graham Manou are struggling with injury. Haddin is expected to be fully fit for the final Test match despite suffering from a broken finger sustained in the warm up to the third test. Australia maintain that Paine's call up is a "precautionary measure."
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