LITESPORT JONATHAN TROTT was today called into theEnglandsquadaheadof Fridaysfourth Ashes Test -- in case Andrew Flintoffs dodgy knee fails to recover from yester- days disappointing draw against the Australians at Edgbaston. As LiteSport revealed on 23 July, the England selectors considered Trott when Kevin Pietersen pulled out of the series before the third Test -- but preferred his Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell, who scored a half-century on his Test match return over the weekend. But this time, Trott has been ear-marked to fill the huge boots of Fiery Freddie, whose bowling won the second Test at LordsandwhosebattingputthethirdTest beyond the Aussies at Edgbaston. Trott, 27, born in Cape Town and raised in South Africa like Pietersen, can bowl a bit -- he has taken 50 first class wickets at 45.68 in his career -- but it is his batting which sets him apart. He has scored 831 runs at just over 83 this season. T r o t t h a s b e e n included in a 14-man squad with left-arm spinner Monty Panesar dropping out while left- arm seamer Ryan Side- bottom, still Englands highest ranked bowler behindJimmyAnderson, has been called into the squad for the first time in this Ashes series. National selector Geoff Miller said: We decided to omit a second spinner as Headingley is not usually a ground where two spinners are required, so Monty Panesar misses out on selection this time. Wewillneedtocarefullyassessthepitch and the overhead conditions at Headingley before finalis- ing our eleven for this Test and the inclu- sion of Steve Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom will give us different types of pace bowling options. Both players have been in good form for theircountiesinrecentweeksandasselec- tors we are delighted that competition for places in the side is so strong. Trott could come in for out-of-form Essex batsman Ravi Bopara but Miller said this was unlikely, suggesting he will bat with Bopara if Flintoff pulls out. LITESPORT 34 Tuesday, 4 August 2009 London Lite NOW ENGLANDFlintoffsub calledinas Sidebottom earnshis recalltoo BY NEAL COLLINS Inbrief Record cyclists on their knees OLYMPIANS Rebecca Romero and James Cracknell have had to abandon their record-breaking attempt to cycle from Lands End to John OGroats because of injury. Beijing cycling gold medallist Romero has had to withdraw because of pain in her knees. The pair, who were ahead of record schedule, were just north of Johnstone Bridge near Dumfries when they had to give up at 9.14am this morning. Rob is the key as Kent charge KENT skipper Rob Key scored his third century of the summer to help his side narrowly beat Derbyshire in the LV County Championship Division Two. Geraint Jones also weighed in with a hundred as Kent chased down the target of 318 inside 71 overs to win by three wickets with just 19 balls to spare. Elsewhere, Middlesex are without a win in nine games after losing to Northants by 35 runs at Lords. Surrey eye up a Batty swoop SURREY and Middlesex are on red alert after England spinner Gareth Batty was given permission by Worcestershire to speak to other counties. The 31-year-old, who played in the one-day internationals against West Indies in the winter, has one more season left of his current contract at New Road. Batty is also believed to being tracked by both Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire. Brawn facing speeding ban ROSS BRAWN, the head of F1 team Brawn GP could be banned from driving after he was charged with speeding today. Ross Brawn is accused of doing 100mph in his Mercedes on the A30 at Sourton, Devon, on May 30. The 54-year-old from Henley did not appear at Plymouth Magistrates Court. No plea was entered. Brawns legal team was granted an adjournment until Friday, 4 September. All Blacks all backed by PM NEW ZEALAND All Blacks have been defended despite two dismal defeats to South Africa -- by their own prime minister. John Key has called on the nation to support the team following their latest 31-19 defeat against the Springboks in the Tri-Nations at the weekend. The team is rebuilding. As long as they win in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup that will probably work for me, Key explained. Do you tweet? Follow us at: LondonLiteNews JIMMY ANDERSONS summary of the disappointing drawn third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Twitter is short and sweet. JimmyAnderson9 says: Wasnt to be today. Glad to be home for a day. Just enjoyed fish and chips for dinner! Sad really. Just 24 hours earlier, Englands swing bowling sensation (right) said hopefully: Going to bed dreaming of an England win! Spinner Graeme Swann, who has significantly less followers than Anderson on Swannyg66, said: Not exactly the day we were looking for but were still 1-0 up so not too grumpy but he quickly updated that on the drive home to Nottingham with a distinctly grumpy: But if one more d***head cuts me up im going to kill someone....aaarrrgggghhh!!! He is also anxious to catch up with Anderson on the front. He has 8,909 followers to Jimmys 9,729 at the last count and says: I am getting nothing but gloating from the Anderson camp due to my trailing in the twitter follower wars. Please help!! BBC cricket correspondent Jon Agnew (Aggerscricket) says before the 2pm announcement of Englands squad for Headingley on Thursday: Harmison and Monty already in the squad! Changes... Sidebottom plus an extra bat should be added to existing 13. Monty might not go to Leeds. He adds: Extra bat. Rob Key? Jonathan Trott? CHIPS ARE DOWN FOR TWITTERING JIM SQUAD FOR THE 4TH TEST A Strauss (capt), A Cook, R Bopara, I Bell, P Collingwood, M Prior, A Flintoff, G Swann, S Broad, J Anderson, G Onions, J Trott, S Harmison, R Sidebottom. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html