Harmison recalled for second Test

LONDON: Fast bowler Stephen Harmison was recalled on Monday to England’s squad for the second Test against Australia starting at Lord’s on Thursday as the selectors named a 14-man party.

Harmison is being considered as a potential replacement for injury-prone all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who is struggling with a right knee problem he sustained while fielding during the drawn series opener in Cardiff which concluded on Sunday.

“We have added Harmison to our squad for the next Test match as Andrew Flintoff injured his right knee at Cardiff and will undergo a precautionary scan,” said selection chief Geoff Miller. “Andrew is experiencing soreness and swelling in the knee which he twisted while in the field and he will be reassessed by the medical staff over the next 48 hours leading up to the Test Match on Thursday,” he added.

“In the event of Andrew being unfit, we see Stephen as a like for like replacement in terms of the type of bowler he is and his ability to unsettle the opposition with pace and bounce. But we will need to consider all our options carefully when we come to determine the make-up of our bowling,” the former England off-spinner explained.

SQUAD: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior (wkt), Andrew Flintoff, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Monty Panesar, Ian Bell, Graham Onions, Stephen Harmison.