Pakistan v England 2011-12

Back injury ends Tremlett's tour

George Dobell in Abu Dhabi

January 25, 2012

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Chris Tremlett, the England fast bowler, is to return home from the UAE after suffering a recurrence of a back injury. England will decide upon a replacement for the remainder of the Pakistan series later today.

Tremlett, the 30-year-old fast bowler, reported stiffness in his back following the first Test. He will fly back to England on Wednesday afternoon.

He is the second man to fly home from this tour. Tim Bresnan has already been forced home with an elbow injury. Neither can blame a heavy workload having come in to the tour on the back of lengthy breaks from the game.

As a consequence, the England management were in discussions with the Lions management in Sri Lanka about replacements. Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker - both of whom were born in South Africa - are the most likely replacements, though it is understood Meaker is not fully fit. Chris Woakes, another option, has only just returned to bowling after a thigh injury, while Boyd Rankin is also suffering from a minor thigh strain. Jack Brooks and Nathan Buck will also be considered, but Dernbach is the overwhelming favourite.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by ramenvis on (January 27, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

why not Samit Patel , Andy flower seems to just keep him away , The way Eoin Morgan is batting might as well try Samit in his place

Posted by 5wombats on (January 25, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

@jonesy2 on (January 25 2012, 17:23 PM GMT); "(do we really need to argue that county cricket is basically australian 3rd grade stuff) and it was his only chance to get near playing test cricket". You clearly don't know spit about Grade cricket. Particularly 3rd Grade. Mate, play some - then you might know what you are talking about. Seems to me you Got off at Redfern a few times too many and it's affected your reasoning..... As an Aussie you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Please publish.

Posted by brittop on (January 25, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

@jonsey2: think your "English born Aussie brother" comment proves you do actually believe the irrelevance of where someone is born.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

@yorkshirematt on (January 25 2012, 16:09 PM GMT) Cheers for response. I wonder what had happened to him. Having said that , form didn't seem to bother the selectors when they recalled Bopara. Is it my imagination or are the selectors more persevering with batsmen than bowlers?

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 25, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

why the hell pick Dernbach. What is wrong with Woakes or Harris. Why the desire to pick a fast bowler who is so poor he couldn't even get a gig in the Aussie team. We have enough good English bowlers so please Miller stop picking SAffers.

Posted by charlesandrewbudge on (January 25, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

What are you bitter about with regards to "imports", jonesy2? The fact that none of them want to live in Australia, the fact that England's thrashed you in your own backyard a year ago, or the fact that an Australian playing for New Zealand scored runs against a pie chucker like Starc?

Posted by anuradha_d on (January 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Seeing his 120kph EXPRESS speed in T1....it was quite clear he was carrying a niggle into the test match....and broke down completely.

Sounds like a familiar story?

Err....but that was when Zaheer broke down in T1 against England carrying a niggle?

But wasn't England advertized to be zillion time better prepared focussed on test matches, not playing IPL or masala ODIs.....putting test cricket on a pristine pedastal?

and run by ECB and not BCCI ?

How did they end up with an India like blunder and producing India like rsults so far?

Posted by spence1324 on (January 25, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

@jonesy2,well you speak from the heart dont you, but that being said if Australia is this great country you speak off why are you not the number1 team in the world? are you not 7th or 8th?,point is I do not look that far down so when you can win a test series without having to copy and modal off england then come speak to me!

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

@world.cricketer on (January 25 2012, 05:08 AM GMT) - You would think so - but due Eoin Morgan's mass of runs , it seems that he is deemed more valuable to England than Finn is?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@yorkshirematt on (January 25 2012, 16:09 PM GMT) Cheers for response. I wonder what had happened to him. Having said that , form didn't seem to bother the selectors when they recalled Bopara. Is it my imagination or are the selectors more persevering with batsmen than bowlers?

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