Sydney - England on Monday added spinners Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell
to their Ashes tour squad in Australia following Graeme Swann's
retirement from international cricket.
Borthwick was scheduled to arrive in Melbourne late Monday and will
train with the squad before the fourth Test starts on Thursday at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Team officials said Borthwick,
recommended by Swann for the England team, would be available for
selection in the Boxing Day Test.
Swann announced his immediate
retirement from international and first-class cricket mid-way through
the series, with Australia already holding an unassailable 3-0 lead and
retrieving the Ashes urn they lost in 2009.
"Personally I hope
Scott Borthwick gets a chance before long," the off-spinner said at his
Sunday press conference to announce his retirement.
"He's a leg-spinner with a bit of X-factor and he can bat as well."
off-spinner Tredwell will arrive in Melbourne during the fourth Test
and will be available for selection for the final Test in Sydney
beginning on January 3.
Monty Panesar, who is expected to be part
of the England attack in the Melbourne Test, paid tribute on Monday to
fellow spinner Swann.
He noted Swann took 255 Test wickets compared to Australian legend Richie Benaud, who snared 248 with his leg-spin.
the elite class ... he's obviously an icon cricketer, (he's) been a
match winner for England and probably one of the best spin bowlers in
the modern game," he told reporters.
"We loved him to bits when he played with us - he had great character and his sense of humour was good."
"We are all disappointed, the way the results have been."
Panesar said the English take great pride in representing their country.
"When you're playing for England, it is the pinnacle for every sportsman," he said.
"In no way (do we) take it for granted, absolutely not."