England trio earn recalls

28 July 2013 05:15:58 EST

James Taylor has been included in the England squad for the third Test against Australia at Old Trafford as doubts remain about Kevin Pietersen's fitness.

Monty Panesar looks set to feature for England at Old Trafford.

Pietersen is continuing to struggle with the calf problem which meant he was unable to field in the second innings of England's second Test victory against the tourists at Lord's earlier this month.

Taylor played in two Tests last summer against South Africa before being replaced by Joe Root and is currently playing as a guest for Sussex against the Baggy Greens.

Meanwhile, spinner Monty Panesar has been included in the 14-man squad as has Surrey paceman Chris Tremlett but Steven Finn and Graham Onions have been left out.

Selector Geoff Miller said: "Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and he will be assessed by the medical team closer to the start of the Test, and we have therefore included an extra batsman in James Taylor who has been in good form for Nottinghamshire this season.

"Chris Tremlett has worked hard to regain fitness and form following a couple of injuries and his performances for Surrey this season have been very encouraging.

"Including an additional spinner in Monty Panesar, who has plenty of international experience, provides Alastair Cook (captain) and Andy Flower (coach) with a number of options."

England are 4/5 to win the third Test, which is scheduled to start in Manchester on Thursday and can be backed at 100/1 to win this summer's Ashes series 5-0.

England squad for the third Test:

Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).

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