Tredwell added to England NatWest Series squad

Thursday 5th July 2012

Men’s First Team

Kent off-spinner James Tredwell has been added to the England squad for the remaining two matches in the NatWest Series against Australia. Graeme Swann is being rested for the final two fixtures to allow him an opportunity to overcome discomfort in his right elbow ahead of the Investec Test series against South Africa beginning in a fortnight. Warwickshire pace bowler Chris Woakes also joins the squad.

National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: “We had earmarked the fourth and fifth matches in this series as an opportunity to rest Graeme regardless of the result at Edgbaston as we have to consider our preparations for the Investec Test series later this month. Graeme has some pain in his elbow at the moment and we feel that an extra week’s rest will allow his elbow to settle. Chris Woakes replaces Jade Dernbach in the squad who has been ruled out with a side strain.

“We have played some very good cricket in the last week to lead this NatWest Series 2-0 and will need to continue that form if we are to win our seventh straight series on home soil.”

Samit Patel has been released to play for Notts Outlaws in the Friends Life t20 fixture against Yorkshire Carnegie tomorrow and Jonny Bairstow will be available for Yorkshire’s fixtures tomorrow and on Friday against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford. Both players will return to the squad ahead of the fourth ODI at Emirates Durham ICG on Saturday.

England NatWest Series squad

Alastair Cook (Essex) (Captain)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Ravi Bopara (Essex)

Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Steven Finn (Middlesex)

Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)

James Tredwell (Kent)

Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Remaining NatWest Series fixtures

Saturday July 7 Emirates Durham ICG 10.45am

Tuesday July 10 Old Trafford 2pm