Poms put faith in Harmison

Steve Harmison and Stuart Broad have been recalled as England opt for a more attacking line-up in the final Test at the Oval.

Harmison comes in for Ryan Sidebottom, who looked off the pace in the defeat at Edgbaston, to make his first start since England’s defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton in March.

“Sidey’s struggling with a few niggles,” captain Kevin Pietersen told cricinfo.com. “We all saw he was down on pace last week, so he’s not fit at the moment and we decided to give him a bit of a break to get away from things.

“But Steve is buzzing, properly buzzing. You can see that little smile on his face, and he’ll be given the responsibility to take the new ball tomorrow.”

With Michael Vaughan ruling himself out to concentrate on his batting, Stuart Broad comes back into the side after missing out on the third test.

“We need the extra bowler,” said Pietersen. “It’s a positive move, an aggressive move, and it’s one where Mooresy [coach Peter Moores] and I have come to sing off the same hymn-sheet, which is a good start for us. It’s given the batters the responsibility to score the runs.”

England - 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen (c), 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Tim Ambrose (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Steve Harmison, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar.