England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge July 28, 2011

England sweat on Tremlett fitness

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India have taken an early decision to rule out Zaheer Khan at Trent Bridge, but England will wait until Friday morning to decide whether Chris Tremlett is fit enough to take his place. He has been struggling with a hamstring problem since the fourth day at Lord's and while Andrew Strauss remained optimistic on Tremlett's chances the signs weren't promising as he struggled during training.

Tremlett bowled in two stints but the second lasted only a handful of deliveries which he bowled off one pace before leaving the field again. He had earlier run in harder - although at far from top pace - against Alastair Cook in the full nets before getting further treatment from the physio both on the outfield and in the dressing room.

Tremlett was outstanding at Lord's, where match figures of 4 for 124 didn't reflect his constant threat as he troubled all the India batsmen, but with this game starting just four days later it puts a huge strain on the fast bowlers while there is also the longer term view of two further Test matches to follow.

Strauss spoke about Tremlett's chances moments before the very brief second spell in the middle and the captain's bullishness may yet be misplaced. "We are very confident he will be fine but like all of these things, because there is such a short turnaround, we have to wait until this afternoon or tomorrow morning to make a decision," Strauss said. "We'll only pick him if we are 100% sure he'll get through the game."

England are also blessed with plenty of capable reserves and Tim Bresnan will slot into the line-up should Tremlett be ruled out, although Steven Finn has also been called up as cover. Bresnan came close to replacing Stuart Broad at Lord's but, due to his own injuries at the start of this season, still hasn't played a Test since his key role in helping secure the Ashes in Melbourne and Sydney.

Tremlett's extra bounce has clearly unsettled the India batsmen - even the best were hopping around against him at Lord's - so his absence would be a blow, but Bresnan's fuller length and swing will be well suited to a ground that often gives the pace bowlers some assistance. As a by-product he would also give England an even stronger lower order alongside Broad and Graeme Swann.

"Tim Bresnan certainly hasn't let anyone down when he has played for us," Strauss said. "He was outstanding in Australia and he's getting better and better. In many ways he's unfortunate not to be playing at the moment and if he does come in he'll do a great job."

One of the main reasons Tremlett's international career stalled following his promising start against India in 2007 was a string of injuries which meant he was often sidelined for Hampshire. However, his move to Surrey last year coincided with an injury-free time which propelled him back into the England squad for the Ashes and since his comeback at Perth he has played seven consecutive Tests.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on July 30, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    India's bowlers have set this test up nicely. Now lets see if India's much bragged about batting line up can deliver?

  • Biggus on July 29, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    @5wombats-Enjoying the contest mate. I picked you guys to win this series well and go to No.1, so don't please be making a liar of me. Catch you again soon!

  • 5wombats on July 29, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Hey @Biggus! As you can see - it's business as usual here and we are having a lot of fun with people who paint targets on their foreheads. Are you going to do an overnighter and watch this game? You would have enjoyed Lords - A good Test match and the right result!

  • subbass on July 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Well as many have said even if we lose the big fella, we have adequate replacements and anyway India have no Zak and we don't need to even discuss how big a loss that is for them, when they bounced back in SA it was entirely down to Zak, so chances are that they will not bounce back here. And, anyway who knows Tremlett may yet make it although the chances of that happening must be no better than 5%.

    Still, the main man at Trent Bridge is of course Jimmy Anderson who's last four bowling efforts there have been 6-17, 5-54, 2-55 & 7-43, to go with his career avg of taking wkts there at an amazing avg of just 15.

    I see jonesy2 continues to astound us with his amazing cricketing knowledge, keep up the good work jonesy2, we all can't wait for your next golden nugget of cricketing knowledge ! Once again he is proving that Aussies are extremely knowledgeable on all things cricket !

  • legb4 on July 29, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Not sure what you're basing that on Jonesy2 Eng would have the 2nd best bowling line up in world cricket at the moment and they're not that far behind Sth Africa. To me their weak link at the moment if anything appears to be Swann and he wont be down for long.

  • Meety on July 29, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    In all the hoo ha about how unlucky India were losing Zaheer, I didn't realise that Tremlett was incapacitated. There was no mention of it in commentry. Interesting then that Tremlett has a hamstring injury - continues to bowl & take wickets, Zaheer has a hammy & goes off never to be seen again in the field AND is promptly ruled out of the next test. Could it be the IPL effect taking over? Players not liking the risk & reward in Tests v T20s? Could just be that Zaheer had a worse injury, but interesting anyway.

  • Praxis on July 28, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    @khiladisher , Sehwag's batting is going to be as ineffective as it gets in these seaming pitches in England. If I were you I would try to make some realistic prediction, like, Sachin scoring his 100th ton, or Dravid showing again why he's so valuable. Hell, even Gambhir surely will be a better performer than Sehwag in these conditions.

  • landl47 on July 28, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Ah, jonesy2, great to see you- brings back such happy memories of the Ashes series. It IS hard to believe that England's 'average' bowlers can win, isn't it? And yet, they took 20 Aussie wickets 4 times, three times for less than England made in one innings. They bowled out Aus for less than 100 at Melbourne. Last Summer, they bowled out Pakistan 3 times for under 100. This year, they bowled out Sri Lanka for less than 100 in 24 overs to win by an innings- with Anderson hurt. They just bowled out the mighty Indian batting line-up for under 300 twice, with Tremlett hurt in the second innings, on a dead flat pitch. So either everyone else's batting is no good, or England's bowling is a whole lot better than you think it is. Is everyone else no good? Ponting, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman..... any decent bats there? I guess you might be wrong about England's bowling. Hard to believe, isn't it?

  • DragonMisri on July 28, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    KHILADISHER, your comments are not valid in the most imaginative, extravagant and abstract of dreams. Your so far off from reality, that your comment is LAUGHABLE. Sehwag will never make a fifty this series, let alone anything else. No Indian will make a double century this series

  • on July 28, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    bearing the strength of the Indian bowling & the form of the English batsmen in mind i would bring in both Finn & Bresnan. that way whatever total England get bowled out for they have the bowling to defend. with 4 bowlers if Swann & another bowler misfires or is ineffective there will be hell to pay as Laxman & Tendulkar will want to bounce back & have their revenge

  • Meety on July 30, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    India's bowlers have set this test up nicely. Now lets see if India's much bragged about batting line up can deliver?

  • Biggus on July 29, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    @5wombats-Enjoying the contest mate. I picked you guys to win this series well and go to No.1, so don't please be making a liar of me. Catch you again soon!

  • 5wombats on July 29, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Hey @Biggus! As you can see - it's business as usual here and we are having a lot of fun with people who paint targets on their foreheads. Are you going to do an overnighter and watch this game? You would have enjoyed Lords - A good Test match and the right result!

  • subbass on July 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    Well as many have said even if we lose the big fella, we have adequate replacements and anyway India have no Zak and we don't need to even discuss how big a loss that is for them, when they bounced back in SA it was entirely down to Zak, so chances are that they will not bounce back here. And, anyway who knows Tremlett may yet make it although the chances of that happening must be no better than 5%.

    Still, the main man at Trent Bridge is of course Jimmy Anderson who's last four bowling efforts there have been 6-17, 5-54, 2-55 & 7-43, to go with his career avg of taking wkts there at an amazing avg of just 15.

    I see jonesy2 continues to astound us with his amazing cricketing knowledge, keep up the good work jonesy2, we all can't wait for your next golden nugget of cricketing knowledge ! Once again he is proving that Aussies are extremely knowledgeable on all things cricket !

  • legb4 on July 29, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Not sure what you're basing that on Jonesy2 Eng would have the 2nd best bowling line up in world cricket at the moment and they're not that far behind Sth Africa. To me their weak link at the moment if anything appears to be Swann and he wont be down for long.

  • Meety on July 29, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    In all the hoo ha about how unlucky India were losing Zaheer, I didn't realise that Tremlett was incapacitated. There was no mention of it in commentry. Interesting then that Tremlett has a hamstring injury - continues to bowl & take wickets, Zaheer has a hammy & goes off never to be seen again in the field AND is promptly ruled out of the next test. Could it be the IPL effect taking over? Players not liking the risk & reward in Tests v T20s? Could just be that Zaheer had a worse injury, but interesting anyway.

  • Praxis on July 28, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    @khiladisher , Sehwag's batting is going to be as ineffective as it gets in these seaming pitches in England. If I were you I would try to make some realistic prediction, like, Sachin scoring his 100th ton, or Dravid showing again why he's so valuable. Hell, even Gambhir surely will be a better performer than Sehwag in these conditions.

  • landl47 on July 28, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Ah, jonesy2, great to see you- brings back such happy memories of the Ashes series. It IS hard to believe that England's 'average' bowlers can win, isn't it? And yet, they took 20 Aussie wickets 4 times, three times for less than England made in one innings. They bowled out Aus for less than 100 at Melbourne. Last Summer, they bowled out Pakistan 3 times for under 100. This year, they bowled out Sri Lanka for less than 100 in 24 overs to win by an innings- with Anderson hurt. They just bowled out the mighty Indian batting line-up for under 300 twice, with Tremlett hurt in the second innings, on a dead flat pitch. So either everyone else's batting is no good, or England's bowling is a whole lot better than you think it is. Is everyone else no good? Ponting, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman..... any decent bats there? I guess you might be wrong about England's bowling. Hard to believe, isn't it?

  • DragonMisri on July 28, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    KHILADISHER, your comments are not valid in the most imaginative, extravagant and abstract of dreams. Your so far off from reality, that your comment is LAUGHABLE. Sehwag will never make a fifty this series, let alone anything else. No Indian will make a double century this series

  • on July 28, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    bearing the strength of the Indian bowling & the form of the English batsmen in mind i would bring in both Finn & Bresnan. that way whatever total England get bowled out for they have the bowling to defend. with 4 bowlers if Swann & another bowler misfires or is ineffective there will be hell to pay as Laxman & Tendulkar will want to bounce back & have their revenge

  • Biggus on July 28, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    I think Bresnan's an excellent player and a fine replacement. He'll make them play and moves the ball just enough. I think 'skiddy' bowlers like him get a bad rap. Remember, that was Malcolm Marshall's basic approach too. Not much of a let-up for India I'm thinking.

  • on July 28, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Those of you claiming Sehwag will make huge scores - get real. This is a bowling side with more weaponry than South Africa, where sehwag was a catastrophic failure - scores of 0, 63, 25, 32, 13 and 11 at an average of 24 - compared to his career batting average of over 53, he couldn't even get halfway. He is not too good against sides with strong swing bowling. Expect England to take a leaf from South Africa's book and out-think him, when you constantly rely on 3-4 players out of your entire side, you fail. England on the other hand have at least 6 that they rely on at any one time, which makes them far more formidable. India will struggle to win a single test.

  • Patchmaster on July 28, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    @ Jonesy@ 'average bowling line up' - have you watched England play in the last two years ? They steamrolled the Aussies in the Ashes, and took India apart last week. So what are you basing your comments of average on ? If ENG are average - then it makes Aus and India look awful.

  • Trickstar on July 28, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    @sriadi & khiladisher Course he will because Sehwag is such a good player against the moving , bouncy ball, OH wait he isn't, he's the biggest flat track bully around. You are also talking about the same Sehwag who averages 39 in England, in general against England he's never gone right well, apart from the odd occasion, he averages a total of 31 at home and away. Another place is SA where he averages 25, just shows what kind of player he is, average on a pitch with life in it and swing in the air.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 28, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    I already said in one of my posts during the Lord's test that he didn't look match fit.

  • Valavan on July 28, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    No.1 team depended on sehwag and Zaheer khan. Oh Aussie never cried when hayden was injured or Windies never cried when greenidge was injured. we have quality bowlers even though not great to defuse your sehwags and any replacement you have.

  • on July 28, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    KHILADISHER, there is no chance in the most dreamiest of dreams that Sehwag is gonna get a triple. Your thinking is completely abstract and totally out of this world, and so far off from reality, that your comment is laughable. England bowlers are disciplined as never before, and they are HUNGRY to win, and they will make it happen against the lacklustre Indian side. Infact, NO indian player will get a double, let alone a triple.

  • dsig3 on July 28, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    I have not watched Bresnan for a while but I would have thought that Finn would be better replacement?

  • khiladisher on July 28, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    WITH SEHWAG COMING BACK AFTER THE SECOND TEST,TREMLETT HAS PICKED UP A HAMSTRING INJURY-TAKE MY WORD IF SEHWAG COMES BACK-HE WILL HIT 1 MORE TRIPLE FOR SURE.BEWARE ENGLISH BOWLERS.

  • on July 28, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Finn for me,he needs that encouragement,bresnan very good.we need 20 wkts.

  • richardall8383 on July 28, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    I agree with what has been said that Tremlett is a loss, he is a quality player for sure. Finn is certainly England's future, he will definatly surpase the 400 wicket group, but he is still raw and does leak runs at a Broadesque rate. Although Broad does look like he is turning a corner, still not the Flintoff player yet but he's not far off. Onions to me would be a step back, which is a shame as he is still a quality bowler. But we need to look to the guys performing and Bresnan has the hall marks of a match winner. If you replace Tremlett with Bresnan. He will most likely take less wickets then Chris would have, but potentially score more vital runs down the order. It's a ying and yang sort of deal. But all I want is the damn test to start as I have a feeling the 2nd test will ba an even better match. Good luck England and India too.

  • bumsonseats on July 28, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    tremlett will be a big miss. bresnan will do a good job and his batting and fielding a plus. i for 1 thought broad was the pick of the bowlers at lords. i expect him and jimmy anderson will be the 2 of the 4 bowlers i think will take the bulk of the wickets, if they each bowl as the did at lords. i expect a low scoring match with winning the toss 300 par for the course in the 1st innings dpk

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    this is really great news for indian batsmen now easily our batsmen will score 400+ runs

  • jonesy2 on July 28, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    is it my imagination or is there way more injuries in cricket now, to both batsmen and bowlers. its hard to believe that england win with such an average bowling lineup in terms of depth and dynamic

  • aracer on July 28, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    With Bresnan in the side, the 6th best all rounder in the world to bat at 10?

  • sriadi on July 28, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    watever pace and bounce tremlett has , once sehwag returns it will be game over for tremlett or anderson or whichever bowler they field,praying for viru to be back atleast for third test !!!!!!

  • Fifthman on July 28, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    I wouldn't lose any sleep about replacing Tremlett with Bresnan. Bresnan's style of swing bowling is ideally suited to Trent Bridge, plus his presence would bolster an already strong batting line-up. Even the no. 11, Anderson, can hold a bat. A 'tail' of Bresnan, Broad, Swann and Anderson is probably the best England have ever had.

  • landl47 on July 28, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Bresnan is strong and reliable, a decent bat and safe fielder and a very positive influence in the dressing room. He's not as dangerous as Tremlett but he certainly won't let England down. Compare him with India's choices: the wild man Sreesanth or the non-batting, non-fielding Munaf instead of Zaheer. Definitely advantage England.

  • on July 28, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    What a great position in which to be; Tremlett out Bresnan or Finn in. Anyway SRT breaths a sigh of relief. What a series ahead.

  • 5wombats on July 28, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Hmmm.... This is a blow. "Lurch" is an absolute menace - no batsman in the world would be comfortable against him. I hope this is not the start of another run of injuries for the big fella. Still - it might give the otherwise unfortunate Bresnan a go. india won't get much lose change out of him.

  • vsreddy4u on July 28, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    And now it is advantageous to indian batsmen to bounce back and show their class as one of their prime seamer injured who is leathal in seaming conditions at trent bridge. As for as bowling dept is concerned it is the time for ishant sharma to recall his legacy in 2008 in australia.If at all India to win in england at least with 2-1 india has to bowlout england cheaply.for that bowlers have to adapt to the english conditions quickly.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    India will definitely like it if tremlett does not play.he may not have got the wickets but he was consistently threatening with his bounce and movement,thereby pushing batsmen to the backfoot.hypothetically,if i was given a choice to pick an english bowler who i would like injured for trentbridge,i would choose tremlett.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 28, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Will be a shame if he misses out as he was huge (literally as well as figuratively) at Lord's. England's bench strength is better than in days of yore however and Bressie is not a bad replacement at all.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    If England had 2 bowlers injured it would make little difference to their performance. Why? because England unlike India have so many excellent reserve players to call upon who have plenty of experience. Finn, Bresnan and so many more waiting in the wings. India however have just a handful of good bowlers and the rest bowl lolipops.

  • wibblewibble on July 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I love having Tremlett in the team - how can you lose with a giant like him in your team - but Bresnan is just as good a bowler in my opinion. In the Ashes he came in for the MCG test and took match figures of 6-75, bowling tight wicket to wicket lines and going at less than 2 an over.

    He is particularly good at getting batsmen to feel for the ball outside off. He's definitely ahead of Finn, and tbh he was unlucky Broad got back in to the team before him.

  • Angad11 on July 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    England's pace attack is so good rite now. Even if Tremlett is not fit, Bresnan is equally good so i think it will not really be an issue.

  • Malret on July 28, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Now that an English player is having a fitness issue are we going to question England's approach to fitness? Not sure what is going on out there. Just want the stupid test match to start.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Wont hamper english chances casue brenan is good if not better and way better a as a batsman and not the same wit india loosin zak......The bench strenth shoows the quality of english attack, wish we cud have one

  • 200ondebut on July 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Fingers cross for the tripod - although Bres will be a very capable alternative.

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    If Tremlett does'nt play than there are possiblities of Sachin gettiing his 100th 100...!!!!!!

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Losing Tremlett would be a blow but I suppose we can't complain since the Indians will be missing key players. On the plus side Bresnan or Finn (or Onions or Shazad for that matter) should slot in well. Bresnan is certainly the safer choice but Finn is a real wicket taker who can go for runs. If we pick Bresnan the batting will go down to number 10!

  • rahulcricket007 on July 28, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    england should not have any problem . they will include bresnan in place of tremlett .

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  • rahulcricket007 on July 28, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    england should not have any problem . they will include bresnan in place of tremlett .

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Losing Tremlett would be a blow but I suppose we can't complain since the Indians will be missing key players. On the plus side Bresnan or Finn (or Onions or Shazad for that matter) should slot in well. Bresnan is certainly the safer choice but Finn is a real wicket taker who can go for runs. If we pick Bresnan the batting will go down to number 10!

  • on July 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    If Tremlett does'nt play than there are possiblities of Sachin gettiing his 100th 100...!!!!!!

  • 200ondebut on July 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Fingers cross for the tripod - although Bres will be a very capable alternative.

  • Return-of-Sinhaya on July 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Wont hamper english chances casue brenan is good if not better and way better a as a batsman and not the same wit india loosin zak......The bench strenth shoows the quality of english attack, wish we cud have one

  • Malret on July 28, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Now that an English player is having a fitness issue are we going to question England's approach to fitness? Not sure what is going on out there. Just want the stupid test match to start.

  • Angad11 on July 28, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    England's pace attack is so good rite now. Even if Tremlett is not fit, Bresnan is equally good so i think it will not really be an issue.

  • wibblewibble on July 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I love having Tremlett in the team - how can you lose with a giant like him in your team - but Bresnan is just as good a bowler in my opinion. In the Ashes he came in for the MCG test and took match figures of 6-75, bowling tight wicket to wicket lines and going at less than 2 an over.

    He is particularly good at getting batsmen to feel for the ball outside off. He's definitely ahead of Finn, and tbh he was unlucky Broad got back in to the team before him.

  • on July 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    If England had 2 bowlers injured it would make little difference to their performance. Why? because England unlike India have so many excellent reserve players to call upon who have plenty of experience. Finn, Bresnan and so many more waiting in the wings. India however have just a handful of good bowlers and the rest bowl lolipops.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 28, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Will be a shame if he misses out as he was huge (literally as well as figuratively) at Lord's. England's bench strength is better than in days of yore however and Bressie is not a bad replacement at all.