Chester-le-Street: England offspinner Graeme Swann has been rested for the remaining two matches against Australia owing to a sore elbow, with James Tredwell and Chris Woakes called up into the squad. England’s concerns that Swann be fully fit ahead of a marquee Test series against South Africa starting at The Oval on July 19 are understandable, and thus the decision to allow him time to overcome a niggling elbow problem was taken.
"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," said national selector Geoff Miller. "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."
Kent spinner Tredwell, whose last ODI appearance was during the 2011 World Cup, has been called up as Swann’s replacement. Woakes, the Warwickshire fast bowler, had already linked up with England’s ODI squad ahead of Wednesday's washout at Edgbaston as cover and will remain with the unit for the remaining games on July 7 and 10. England lead the five-match series 2-0.