Tredwell fills in for Swann

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James Tredwell

James Tredwell follows Liam Plunkett to South Africa as injuries continued to disrupt England's preparations

England’s injury problems increased today when it was announced that Graeme Swann will miss the first two one-day internationals against South Africa with a side strain.

Fellow off-spinner James Tredwell has been called up as cover and will fly out today to join a squad beset by fitness concerns.

Kent’s Tredwell is uncapped at international level, although he was called up to England’s one-day squad for the tour of New Zealand last year.

Swann is the sixth player to pick up an injury on tour, and joins Stuart Broad on the sidelines for the opening two games of the five-match series.

Broad has not played since the first practice match due to a shoulder problem, while James Anderson continues to receive treatment on a knee injury, and Paul Collingwood and Alastair Cook missed the final warm-up encounter against South Africa A on Tuesday due to back complaints.

That match saw Graham Onions make his first appearance of the tour, the seamer having also been troubled by a back complaint.

Tredwell, who took 69 wickets at 26.62 in the LV= County Championship this summer, will join the squad 24 hours after Liam Plunkett arrived as seam-bowling cover.

Kent chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said: “James is a fine cricketer and this call-up is thoroughly deserved.

"He enjoyed a great season and is clearly back to his best. I’m sure he will be in contention for a place in the side.”

The first one-day international takes place at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, while SuperSport Park in Centurion hosts the second game on Sunday.

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