Tremlett steps in for Hoggard
Chris Tremlett has won the race to replace the injured Matthew Hoggard for the second Test Match against New Zealand at Old Trafford.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 20/05/08 12:35pm
Chris Tremlett has won the race to replace the injured Matthew Hoggard in England's 12-man squad for the second Test Match against New Zealand.
The Yorkshire swing bowler was ruled out of the Old Trafford Test after breaking a thumb during his county's LV County Championship Division One defeat against Durham last week.
Hoggard sustained the injury whilst fending off a nasty delivery from Steve Harmison - one of a number of bowlers hoping to step in for the 31-year-old for the crucial second Test.
However, it is Tremlett who has earned a recall to the Test squad after an impressive display for the England Lions against the Kiwis in last week's tour match at the Rose Bowl.
England selector Geoff Miller said: "Chris performed well in last summer's npower Test Series against India and was unfortunate to have to return home early from the tour of New Zealand through injury.
"He is a player whose form we have been closely monitoring for some time and I am sure that he will be very pleased to be back in the squad and keen to stake his claim for a regular place in our bowling attack."
Tremlett suffered a back spasm in Hampshire's County Championship game against Surrey last week but has recovered sufficiently to win a recall ahead of Durham pace pair Graham Onions and Harmison.