16 Aug 2011

Onions joins England cricket squad

5:54 am on 16 August 2011

Pace bowler Graham Onions has been called up to the England squad for the final cricket Test against India at The Oval after Chris Tremlett was ruled out due to his back injury while concerns emerged over James Anderson.

Tremlett has failed to recover from the problems that ruled him out of the second and third Tests, meanwhile Anderson has experienced tightness in his right quadriceps since the victory at Edgbaston, at the weekend, which sealed the series and took England to number one in the world.

Steven Finn was already in the 13-man squad and now Onions will provide a further option for Andy Flower.

For Onions it is his first call-up to the full national side since leaving the tour of Bangladesh in March 2010 with a back injury that would subsequently be diagnosed as a stress fracture and put his career in doubt.

He missed the whole of the 2010 season and towards the end of the summer had metal pins inserted in his back.