Sidebottom Named In England Test Squad
Featured News | 4th August 2009
Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom has been recalled to the England Test squad to face Australia in the fourth npower Ashes Test at Headingley.
Sidebottom has played no part in the series so far but could be called on to exploit seamer-friendly conditions in Yorkshire.
Monty Panesar’s omission means Graeme Swan is assured of his place in the side with Stuart Broad set to face renewed competition following the selection of Steve Harmison.
“Ryan’s attitude and application has been exemplary throughout the time that he’s spent out of the England side,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“He had a few injury problems in the winter and he came into the domestic campaign needing to play games and to prove that he can bowl longer spells with consistent pace and that’s exactly what he’s done.”
National Selector Geoff Miller announced the squad from Trent Bridge this afternoon and paid tribute to Sidebottom’s application.
“Headingley is a ground where conditions will have a bearing on selection and we wanted to give the captain as many options as possible,” said Miller.
“Ryan has done the work to get better since his rehabilitation from injury and he’s got pace and shape back and merits a return. We all know the situation with Andrew Flintoff and we’ll monitor that but we’re covered for all eventualities.
“We’ve got strength in depth in all areas of the side and we appreciate the intensity of international cricket. There’s going to be some natural rotation and we need quality players on the sidelines so that when a chance is made an international player can come into the side.”
Uncapped Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott is also named in the 14-man squad.
England squad: Andrew Strauss (capt) James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Graham Onions, Matt Prior, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott