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Andy Flower keen to keep pacers fresh for Durham Test

Coach Andy Flower knows the value of keeping his pace attack fit for purpose for the second of two back-to-back Ashes Tests at a venue often tailor-made for their skills.

Andy Flower
Andy Flower

To that end, after England retained the Ashes in a rain-affected draw at Emirates Old Trafford, the selectors immediately added two more options to cover for the three who bore the brunt of the workload in Manchester.

Chris Tremlett has been retained from the initial squad for the third Test and Graham Onions brought back into the reckoning for a possible return on his home ground.

England’s three frontline seamers got through almost 120 overs between them in the stalemate which secured the urn for a third successive time, and each conceded more than 100 runs in Australia's first innings as did off-spinner Graeme Swann.  

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