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Fast bowler Steve Harmison was recalled to a 13-man England cricket squad today as one of three changes to give the team greater variety for the third test against South Africa next week.

Batsman Paul Collingwood and left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom were also included for the Edgbaston match from Thursday, resulting in the omission of opening bowlers Chris Tremlett and Darren Pattinson, whose selection was widely criticised as England lost the second test by 10 wickets to trail 1-0 in the four-match series.

"Steve Harmison has been bowling well for Durham this season and his inclusion in the test squad gives us another option in terms of our bowling attack for the Edgbaston test," England selector Geoff Miller said.

The 29-year-old Harmison, whose test best is 7-12 against the West Indies, struggled with line and length on the 2007 Ashes tour of Australia as England was swept 5-0 and has since failed to find his best form on overseas tours.

Harmison was dropped after England lost the first test at New Zealand by 189 runs in March, taking 1-97 in the first innings and bowling only four overs in the second, two less than Collingwood, a part-time medium-pace bowler.

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