England bowler Chris Tremlett has been ruled out of the fourth npower Test against India at The Kia Oval.
The Surrey paceman, who has been in fine form since breaking into the side during the successful Ashes campaign down under, has failed to recover from a back problem that saw him miss the victories at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.
With doubts also over James Anderson’s fitness following a minor leg injury, Durham seamer Graham Onions has been called-up to the squad as cover.
Anderson, who has been a key figure in England’s series victory over India and their rise to the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings, will be monitored over the next couple of days.
Sports betting pundits note how Onions hasn’t played for his country since 2010 because of a career-threatening problem, but has been drafted into the squad following good form for his county this season.
Onions is likely to be an ideal replacement for Anderson, if the Lancashire seamer fails to be passed fit, as England search for victory in London which would secure a series whitewash.
Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan is set to retain his place after starring in the last two Tests, while Steven Finn, also included in the 13-man squad, is another option at captain Andrew Strauss’ disposal.
Batsman Jonathan Trott continues to occupy the sidelines with a shoulder injury with Essex batsman Ravi Bopara likely to be given a second chance on Thursday.
Meanwhile, England have confirmed team director Andy Flower will be given a break from his duties for the one-day international against Ireland later this month.
Assistant coach Richard Halsall is set to take charge for the one-off showdown, with Flower given time off to manage his work-load.
The former Zimbabwe batsman has always stated he would look to take breaks from the busy international schedule and the game against the Irish will be the first time he has been away from the squad since taking over in 2009.
The move comes after spending time away from his family following tours to Australia for the Ashes and the sub-continent for the World Cup in recent times.