Harmison and Broad return to England team to face South AfricaEngland have made two changes to their line-up for the final 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 tomorrow as they attempt to salvage some pride at The Oval. Already without Michael Vaughan, who is taking a break from the game following his emotional resignation as captain on Sunday, England have also given left-arm seamer 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 break for the final Test of the summer.
But rather than recall Essex batsman Ravi Bopara for his first Test since last December as Vaughan's replacement, England have instead reverted to a five-man attack with Stuart Broad and Steve Harmison Stephen James Harmison MBE (born 23 October 1978, Ashington, Northumberland) is an England cricketer, and a leading Test match fast bowler. He plays county cricket for Durham. With his height (6'4") he can extract pace and bounce from most pitches. coming back into the line-up.
"I'm going to go with four fast bowlers and Monty [Panesar]," said the new England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt. skipper Kevin Pietersen This article is included in the list of featured articles.
Kevin Peter Pietersen MBE (born 27 June 1980 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa) is an English cricketer. . "I think it is an aggressive move, a positive move. We need to take 20 wickets in this Test - you need to take 20 in any Test - and I feel a lot more comfortable with four fast bowlers. We've given responsibility to the batters to score runs with [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. ] at five, [Andrew Flintoff] at six, [Tim Ambrose Timothy Raymond Ambrose (born December 1, 1982) is an Australian born English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Having played with Sussex since 2000, he now plays for Warwickshire. ] seven and [Stuart] Broad eight. I'm looking forward to getting started."
As for Harmison, Pietersen said: "I like Steve and what he brings to the team. He's had his ups and downs ups and downs
Alternating periods of good and bad fortune or spirits.
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alternating periods of good and bad luck or high and low spirits but I have a really good relationship with Steve. He seems as excited as anything and he had a bit of a bounce in his step. I like Steve in the side. [Coach Peter Moores For the English cricketer and cricket coach, see .
Sir Peter Moores (born 9 April 1932) is a British businessman, art collector and philanthropist, a former chairman of the Liverpool-based Littlewoods football pools and retailing business in the United Kingdom. ] and I are singing from the same hymn sheet at the moment. It's all positive."
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Broad has been recalled after being rested because of his workload for Edgbaston while Harmison plays his first Test since the opening defeat against 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. in Hamilton last March. But it is the batting order which is expected to provoke the most debate with England deciding to field an extra bowler despite failing to score 250 in the first innings of both the last two Tests.
Ambrose, picked at No8 at Headingley and No6 at Edgbaston, once again has to move down to accommodate the return of Flintoff at six - which is a change in policy from the Vaughan regime who have in recent times had their key all-rounder as a No7.
While Pietersen performed his first official duties as captain, his South African counterpart Graeme Smith was warning him that it will be over the next few months that he will learn the true pressures of captaincy, rather than over the five days of this Test match. "He won't experience too much of the pressures right now," said Smith. "Captaincy will be about a few months' time, the next couple of series he faces. Then he will really understand what it's all about; running a team, getting the team to play for you. It is going to be interesting.
"He's got a one-off Test match against us, he will obviously be hugely motivated, excited, nervous and have a lot of energy in this game. It is easy to make one-off decisions and it doesn't really matter what happens in this Test. It is six months' time when you have gone through that process, you have carried your team to that level, you have sustained the team you want to play, the brand of cricket you want to play and the management of those players. That's when it starts to show. So for us the best way to keep him under pressure is to beat England."
Smith and Pietersen have never quite seen eye-to-eye, and the South African was unwilling to offer the man he will toss up with tomorrow morning too much praise. "I would think there is a mutual respect in terms of performance," he said of their relationship. "That's basically probably as far as it goes."
Teams for the fourth Test
England: KP Pietersen (capt), AN Cook, AJ Strauss, IR Bell, PD Collingwood, A Flintoff, TR Ambrose (wkt), SC Broad, JM Anderson, SJ Harmison, MS Panesar.South Africa: GC Smith (capt), ND McKenzie, HM Amla, JH Kallis, AG Prince, AB de Villiers, MV Boucher (wkt), PL Harris, M Morkel, A Nel, M Ntini.Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) & SJ Davis (Aus).