England recall Harmison for third SA Test
England have recalled Stephen Harmison to their 13-man squad announced Saturday for the third Test against South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
The Durham fast bowler has not played for England since being dropped along with new-ball colleague Matthew Hoggard following the first Test defeat away to New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. at Hamilton in March.
But he has looked back to somewhere near his best during county cricket County cricket is the highest level of domestic cricket in England and Wales. Teams
The eighteen traditional English first-class counties are the main cricket teams in England. this season and now the 29-year-old has been recalled to add extra pace to an attack that has taken just 13 wickets in the last 344.3 overs bowled at South Africa during the series.
Australia-raised seamer Darren Pattinson Darren Pattinson (born August 2, 1979) is an England born Australian cricket player who currently plays for the Victorian Bushrangers domestic team. His debut was against Queensland at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. , controversially awarded a Test debut in the second Test at Headingley, where the Proteas won by 10 wickets to go 1-0 up in the four-match series, and squad member Chris Tremlett Christopher Timothy Tremlett (born 2 September 1981 in Southampton, Hampshire) is an English cricketer who plays for Hampshire County Cricket Club. He is 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) tall and is a fast medium bowler able to extract bounce on most surfaces. have both been dropped.
England have also recalled Harmison's county colleague Paul Collingwood Paul David Collingwood MBE (born 26 May 1976), is an English cricketer. He is a regular member of the England Test side and captain of the One-Day International team. He is also vice-captain of his county, Durham County Cricket Club. , dropped at Headingley where England's top five batsmen managed just one fifty between them in the whole match.
Left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom Ryan Jay Sidebottom (born January 15, 1978 in Huddersfield) is an English cricketer. He sports a flamboyant hairstyle which has led to the dressing room nickname of "Sexual Chocolate" He is a left-handed batsman and a left-hand fast-medium bowler. , a Nottinghamshire team-mate of Pattinson, returns to the squad after missing the second Test because of a back injury.
But it is the recall of Harmison which was the eye-catching move and England national selector Geoff Miller Geoffrey Miller (born September 8, 1952, Chesterfield, Derbyshire) is a former English cricketer who played in 34 Tests and 25 ODIs from 1976 to 1984.
Miller ended the famous 1982 Boxing Day Test by catching Jeff Thomson - England winning by a mere 3 runs. said: "Steve Harmison has been bowling well for Durham this season and his inclusion in the Test squad gives us another option in terms of our bowling attack for the Edgbaston Test.
Turning to Sidebottom, Miller added: "Ryan Sidebottom has been progressing well with his back injury over the past week and we're confident he'll be fit for selection but obviously he'll be monitored closely in the lead up to next Wednesday."
Collingwood, who had played 33 consecutive Tests until being dropped, could now return if England decide to bolster their batting by opting for a four-man, rather than five-man, attack at Edgbaston.
"Paul Collingwood was unlucky to miss out on a place in the team for the second npower Test match but this decision was based on a number of factors," said Miller.
"He has shown what a true professional he is by returning to Durham over the past week and playing well for his county."
Victory for South Africa at Edgbaston would give them an unbeatable 2-0 lead and see them win a Test series in England for the first time since 1965.
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Tim Ambrose (wkt), Stuart Broad, Stephen Harmison, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar