England news February 2, 2012

Tremlett faces three months out


Chris Tremlett is facing a lengthy break from the game after specialists decided his back injury requires surgery. He will now miss England's tour to Sri Lanka at the end of March.

After experiencing a recurrence of back pain bowling in the first Test in Dubai, Tremlett flew home from England's tour of the UAE last week. He had not played since July when he was forced out of the Test series against India with the same problem. He subsequently underwent a long period of rest and recuperation but the strain of bowling in a match situation appears to have exacerbated the injury.

Tremlett will hope to regain his fitness with Surrey ahead of the start of England's home season against West Indies in May.

He said on Twitter that he had seen a specialist and may face three months on the sidelines: "Scans reveal a bulging disc and may require a little clean up. Hopefully back playing mid to end of April."

Until injury intervened, Tremlett had enjoyed a fine return to Test cricket. Recalled to the team ahead of the third Test of the 2010-11 Ashes, Tremlett took 36 wickets in his next seven Tests including 17 in three Tests against Australia.

But now aged 30 this new setback will renew concerns over whether his 6ft 7in frame can withstand the rigours of fast bowling in Test cricket.

England have decided against calling up a replacement for Tremlett to their Test squad in the UAE. He was the second bowler forced to return home after Tim Bresnan, who underwent elbow surgery at the start of December. Bresnan has subsequently started bowling again in Yorkshire.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • stuart on February 5, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Docbindra.Yeah that will be it then.He faked an injury and needs major spinal surgery just to avoid playing.Aside form the fact that England seemingly can't play in the Middle East we won last time in Aus, Drew in SA and won in Bangladesh. India last won?

  • John on February 3, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    I must apologise to Docbindra - I forgot that Bresnan went home early (bottling it) as well so therefore Docbindra and other well informed postees must be right in their educated comments

  • John on February 3, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Tremlett could have been a great bowler were he to have been free of injury. Some players (Ryan Harris is another) just seem to have constant physical problems. With Steve Finn coming through, this might have been Tremlett's last chance. Still, even if he doesn't play for England again, he can look back on two series, those against Australia and Sri Lanka, and know that he was a major contributor to England's victory. A lot of players wish they could say that.

  • Roo on February 3, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Really tough reading about Tremletts injury - hope it goes well & gets back on the paddock before Eng summer... He like Johnson may find it impossible to get back into the Test squad due to strength of the back up bowlers... It would be a sad way to end a career...

  • Charles on February 2, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Yeah, awful commenting from DocBindra there. He's the second player to go home from this tour and is notoriously injury prone. On the last two occasions that he broke down it was in England, the fact that this time was overseas is purely coincidental. Besides which, do we remember the joke of an attack that India fielded in the latter part of their tour of England owing to injuries to Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar? I wonder a little about Tremlett's England future; he's struggled with injuries over the past few years, and with the emergence of Bresnan and Finn as international-quality bowlers in the past twelve months, Onions' return from a long injury layoff and the likes of Woakes and Harris on the fringes, he may struggle to break back into the side.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    DocBindra - 3-1 in Australia mate? Selective memory struck?

  • Paul on February 2, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    This is worrying news, I have similar condition that put paid to my club career! Trimming discs is a very risky op, fingers crossed it goes well for the big man. Doc Bindra though should be renamed DocGreen as he is obviously envious of what happened to his team when it visited our little island!

  • Graham on February 2, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    @DocBindra - We understand. Given India's desperate performances of late, it's perfectly understandable that you want to lash out at something - anything - to try and make yourself feel better. Denial is such a tough thing to overcome. We're all praying for you over here...

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I don't think he'll be back. Too many other good bowlers out there sadly for CT. Shazad, Dernbach, Bresnan, Finn, Woakes and a few others all queueing up. Onions back... I doubt there's room, which is sad cause he seems like a nice bloke. I miss Jonesy more than anyone, more than Harmison, more than Flintoff or Hoggard. Jonesy was the one, old ball or new. Shazad will be the new Jones in the nexy 18 months. Big shoulder action, late inswing (reverse) and he'll get past that 92mph mark. Finn bowling at 95+ like he was 4 months ago will be nice to see as well

  • John on February 2, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Nice to see the sympathetic comms from DocBindra. No doubt there will be a plague of similar comms from the usual suspects to follow. Just thinking , is this not the only person who has gone home injured from this tour so far? And that equates that he is going home because he's bottled it?Surely if our players were as fragile as you and others alike make out then none of our test squad would even have boarded the plane ?

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