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Uncapped duo in England squad for fifth Ashes Test

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Aug 18, 2013 at 03:45pm IST

London: England have included the uncapped duo of Warwickshire allrounder Chris Woakes and Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in a 14-man squad announced on Sunday for next week's fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.

Woakes, already a one-day international, was brought in after pace bowling allrounder Tim Bresnan, who starred with bat and ball in England's 74-run fourth Test win at Chester-le-Street concluded Monday, was ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Meanwhile, with pitches at The Oval renowned for taking turn, Kerrigan was added to give England an extra spin option in addition to off-break bowler Graeme Swann.

Uncapped duo in England squad for fifth Ashes Test

Chris Woakes during a practice session. (Getty Images)

The hosts also gave themselves additional fast bowling choices by including Chris Tremlett, who if selected will be playing on his Surrey home ground, and Middlesex's Steven Finn, dropped after the 14-run first Test win over Australia at Trent Bridge.

England, who at 3-0 up have already retained the Ashes and won the series, will be looking to win four matches in a home Test series against Australia for the first time when the clash with their arch-rivals starts on Wednesday.

Squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Simon Kerrigan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.

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