Sunday, August 15, 1999 Published at 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
England ring the changes
Graeme Swann celebrates a wicket for England A in Zimbabwe
England's selectors have culled five players in an attempt to reverse the side's dismal recent performances for the final Test against New Zealand at the Oval.
Dean Headley had already been ruled out due to injury.
Captain Nasser Hussain returns to the side, having fully recovered from the fractured finger he suffered when England were defeated by the Kiwis at Lord's.
Essex all-rounder Ronnie Irani is back in the side after a long period in the wilderness. He has not represented England since the Lord's Test against India in 1996.
Former captain Alec Stewart returns to his favoured position of wicketkeeper, but drops down the order from three in the last Test to five for the Oval.
"We need battlers and Ronnie [Irani] fits the bill. He is fitter than in 1996-97 - especially in the bowling department - and that means he will have more chance of doing himself justice," said Graveney.
Fast bowler Chris Silverwood's place is in doubt, after his wife Emma was seriously injured in a car accident. England said they will monitor the Yorkshire player's situation.
The final Test starts on Thursday 19 August.
For the fourth Test against New Zealand at The Oval.