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 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?

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

i dont know whats funnier about english cricket, the fact that jade dernbach gets anywhere near their test squad or the fact that hes not even english! haha

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

roarster --- haha yes that is how desperate england are! but you are joking about james pattinson, the next great fast bowler in world cricket, he is full blown aussie and would not want to or play for england even if his life depended on it, his england born aussie brother only played for england because he couldnt get near the vic squad and was dominating county cricket (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

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (January 25, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Why another fast bowler? WE already have 2 spare fast bowlers in Finn and Onions, niether of who are likely to get a Test out there - yet we have no reserve spinner and if a batsmen pulls out the only spare is Bopara who, as proved beyond all doubt against Sri Lanka, is nowhere near competent enough.

Posted by jonnybtestmatch on (January 25, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

I personally think Shazad has the potential to be good on these sort of tracks, as he bowls 90 mph, full and skids the ball through. He had a poor county season but I think he is one for the future. He can bat also

Posted by yorkshirematt on (January 25, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

@JG2704 Shahzad is badly out of form. After last season he is definitely down the pecking order. last season should have been the one where he really staked his claim for an england slot but it just didn't happen and in my opinion he is back to square one. Promising but raw if you get my drift, and he really should be beyond that stage by now.

Posted by AidanFX on (January 25, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

No worries - they can find a Pakistani, South African, Jamaican, Irish or even Russian fast bowler who has lived in the country for about 3 months.

Posted by roarster on (January 25, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

What's wrong with drafting in England & Notts stalwart Darren Pattinson? Having been too slow to prevent the Aussie's crowning his wee brother in baggy green, we'd be as well to give the sibling that we did capture another tilt at it. In all seriousness, he's been in the wickets for the last couple of years and seems to be in the doghouse through no fault of his own, not so much blighted by his actual performance but by the fallout from his "leftfield" selection for his only cap. (AND, to keep the Anti-Saffer Selection (ASS) Movement sweet, he was born in Grimsby!)

Posted by WilliamFranklin on (January 25, 2012, 14:16 GMT)


almost as hilarious as Australia's 'spin' options...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (January 25, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Majr's comments is plain wierd. Nasser Hussain was long retired in 2006 (not 2007). Personally, I would have looked at someone like Shazad or Woakes first. As Jade Dernbach isn't going to play it is pretty irrelevant that he is added, unless they are looking for specific qualities in a net bowler. Certainly he would be one of the more surprising Test caps in recent times having looked totally inoffensive in India last Autumn.

Posted by charlesandrewbudge on (January 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur - Sort of like how the Indian attack all got "scared" of England last summer? Tremlett is notoriously injury prone. ASSUMING Dernbach gets called up (and it's purely speculation at the moment), the chances of him playing a test are almost zero. Having said that, I don't think Dernbach should be anywhere near the side. Even though he's only just returned from injury I'd sooner they select Chris Woakes, who has an excellent first class record with the ball as well as being a fine middle order batsman.

Posted by JB77 on (January 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@ Majr 'Something similar to what Nasser Hussain had to endure in the 2007 Ashes tour of Australia'. Nasser Hussain in 2007?! I don't think so....

Posted by Stark62 on (January 25, 2012, 10:52 GMT)


Another Saffer called into the squad!

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

i seriously didnt realise this is all england have. i weep for thee. very very worrying but at the same time, funny, times.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 25, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

jade dernbach??! hahahaha oh my god this is just hilarious. that guy isnt even a 4th grade club cricketer. are england seriously still ranked number 1?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Don't like the idea of bringing in an out of form Dernbach. Is Shazhad injured , out of form or has he become a forgotten man? He seemed to be next in line a year or so ago

Posted by JG2704 on (January 25, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (January 25 2012, 07:49 AM GMT) I usually slate your posts , because I usually find them unconstructive and trying to stir. However I agree with this one. Broad is another guy who has had his injury problems. He looks the pick of our bowlers right now so I hope it's the end to his luck

Posted by Tigg on (January 25, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Not Dernbach. He isn't worth his salt in the formats he's supposedly good at (T20/OD). He should never play test cricket for England.

Posted by Valavan on (January 25, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur, I see you more here than in India vs Australia, what happened, didnt you forget Tremlett got injured after 1st test in Lords against India. so you mean to say its of scared of indian batters, comon wake up your team is on the way to 5th innings loss and 8th in a row. mind more of that rather howling here. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko on (January 25, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

Jade Dernbach is never a test cricketer.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT)


Posted by Percy_Fender on (January 25, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

England are going through what India did when they went to England the last time. It just goes on and on when your luck is down. Something similar to what Nasser Hussain had to endure in the 2007 Ashes tour of Australia. They had won the Ashes in 2005 and then everything went wrong. Currently Pakistan seems to be having the best of luck and captaincy. Misbah seems the new messiah for Pakistan's cricket. Imran Khan said recently that Pakistan is passing through exciting times. Since there is very little exciting there, I suppose he must have been talking about Pakistan's resurgence in cricket.Good luck to Pakistan .

Posted by SirBobJones on (January 25, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

No offence, but I hope whoever is chosen to replace Tremlett doesn't actually play - I'd be picking Finn or Onions before any of these guys, and that's if they don't go in with two spinners anyway.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (January 25, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

why do english fast bowlers get scared of the sub-continent? another injury break?

Posted by Batscoop on (January 25, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Satish Do you honestly think that England pick unfit players? Why would they do that for any match let alone for Asian tours? Get a grip - injuries happen. Remember what happened to Zaheer last year in England? Its like saying why do india always pick old players? Good luck at Adelaide. Your boys need all the luck they can get

Posted by me54321 on (January 25, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Well, I guess that explains why he was bowling so slowly in the first test then.

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 25, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Was this expected? When a bowler who was boasted and was bowling at 140+ in home conditions bowls at 120's pace like RP Singh(As the commentators repeatedly mentioned him in the only match he played), he did look like a unfit guy.. Why England always pick unfit guys for Asian tours? Knowing current English setup, they wont pick an already injured player.. Why players always get injured when bowling in these conditions? Its an enigma to many cricket followers..

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 25, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

young FINN will get chance now hope he does well

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