Swann ruled out of the ODI Series
Thursday , July 05 2012 , 05:35 PM
England spinner Graeme Swann has a sore elbow and is being rested for the remaining two matches of the one-day series against Australia, with James Tredwell and Chris Woakes called up.
Warwickshire seamer Woakes had already joined up ahead of Wednesday's washout at Edgbaston as cover.
He will now remain with the squad for the games at Chester-le-Street (Jul 7) and Old Trafford (Jul 10). England are 2-0 up and need only to avoid defeat in either match to clinch the series.
Kent spinner Tredwell, who played the most recent of his five previous ODIs in March 2011, has also been brought in to allow Swann - England's first-choice slow bowler in all formats - to take a break.
Swann has been suffering from discomfort in his right elbow and will rest ahead of the Test series against South Africa.
"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 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."
Samit Patel has been released to play for Nottinghamshire in the Friends Life t20 fixture against Yorkshire on Thursday and Jonny Bairstow will be available for the same fixture, plus the Tykes' game against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford on Friday.
Both players will return to the squad ahead of the fourth ODI.
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