James Anderson is poised for a return to 20-over cricket after being called into the England squad for the NatWest Twenty20 series against South Africa as cover for Steven Finn, who has a stiff back.
Pace bowler Anderson, 30, has not played for England in the shortest form of the game since his appearance against South Africa in a match at Centurion in November 2009.
He is not part of the England squad for the ICC World Twenty20 which starts in Sri Lanka later this month.
Finn did not feature in the final one-day international against the Proteas on Wednesday because of his back problem.
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the news of Anderson's call-up on Thursday morning.