The Ashes: England have called up Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes for fifth and final Test
Uncapped duo Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes are the surprise names in the England squad for The Oval Ashes Test.
Last Updated: 19/08/13 1:26am
Victory at Durham in the fourth Test gave England a series-clinching 3-0 lead over Australia and they may now shuffle their pack for the final match, having named a 14-man squad.
Lancashire left-arm spinner Kerrigan, a 24-year-old who is yet to feature for the England senior side in any format, could join Graeme Swann in the starting XI as a second spinner, or fill in if Swann is rested.
And Woakes, who has 13 ODI caps and a pair of T20 appearances to his name, joins the seam bowling ranks, with Tim Bresnan (stress fracture in lower back) and Graham Onions (broken finger) having been ruled out.
Middlesex paceman Steven Finn, who played in the first Test but has not featured since, returns to the squad and will also be in the mix to replace Bresnan.
The most likely candidate is Surrey seamer Chris Tremlett, who has been in the squad without playing for the last two Tests and would relish the chance to return to the side on his home ground.
It has also been suggested that England's leading seamer James Anderson could be rested for The Oval, in which case two of Finn, Tremlett and Woakes could start.
Miller wants to end on a high
England national selector Geoff Miller said: "The players have produced some good cricket in this Investec Ashes series so far and should be congratulated on their performances.
"But I have no doubt that the squad will be determined to finish this series with another strong performance this week and will be working hard in the build-up to Wednesday.
"The inclusion of five pace bowlers, as well as an additional spinner in Simon Kerrigan, who has impressed with Lancashire and England Lions in recent years, gives (coach) Andy Flower and Alastair Cook plenty of options once they have assessed the conditions at the Kia Oval.
"Tim Bresnan has made valuable contributions with both bat and ball during the series and I would like to wish him all the very best in his recovery from his back injury.
"The focus for Bresnan now will be the tour of Australia later this year, while this Test will provide an opportunity for another member of this squad to make equally vital contributions."
England squad: Cook (captain), Anderson, Bairstow, Bell, Broad, Finn, Kerrigan, Pietersen, Prior, Root, Swann, Tremlett, Trott, Woakes