England news February 9, 2012

Tremlett undergoes back surgery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Tremlett, the England fast bowler, has undergone back surgery in London. He was suffering from a bulging disk and was forced to fly home from England's tour of the UAE after the first Test against Pakistan.

Tremlett, 30, will undertake a rehabilitation programme at Surrey, in conjunction with the England medical staff, and a date for his return will be agreed. Tremlett posted on Twitter that he hoped to play again by the end of April.

Having made his comeback in Dubai after a five-month absence, Tremlett looked out of sorts, taking 0 for 53 before being ruled out of the remainder of the series, as well as England's tour of Sri Lanka that begins at the end of March.

With England's bowling options very deep, many fear this latest problem could spell the end of Tremlett's international career, in which he has taken 49 wickets at 26.75 in 11 Tests, including 17 in the victorious Ashes series last winter. After making his debut in 2007, he didn't play international cricket again for three years, in part due to a variety of injuries.

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  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    @anuradha_d Frankly the bowlers didn't fare all that bad for England. It was the batsman that lost them the series. Pretty much similar to India in the early part of the England series

  • anu on February 10, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    he was carrying niggle in the first test.......and kept Monty out.......and was probably the weak link between a win / defeat.....reminds me of Zaheer Khan's strory in eng in first test........surprising how inspite of being fully prepared and switched on towards test cricket, Eng made the same mistakes as India did in Eng.....and no wonder achieved the saem results

  • j on February 9, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    For such a strapping piece of prime English oak who's really surprised that, having tormented the Aussies last year, bowling has messed his body up slightly?

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Wishing him well, hope it's a success and he is back playing cricket soon.

  • Rimtu on February 9, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    it's interesting for such a big strong muscular fellow he gets more injured than even Shoaib Akhtar did! If Shoaib was half as fit as Tremlett he would've done wonders.

    Tremlett is too good a prospect for England I find it fascinating that every time he gets injured the media and the fans write him off right away!! What's wrong with being 30? Look at Ryan Harris and what Aus doing with him since he's proven to be a match winning bowler.

    Tremlett needs to be taken care of in the same manner.

  • ian on February 9, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    The Very Best of Everything to Chris! I wish him a full recovery (and so will thousands of others) - even if it takes time - and a real chance to get back into the England side. Your contribution to some great victories will not be forgotten in a hurry. Let's hope it doesn't stop here.

  • John on February 9, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Not that it was really bad, but his performance in the first test was disappointing. Given that and the conditions encountered in the last two test in UAE and those expected in SL, I'm not sure that he would have played too much more over the winter anyway. That said, it's a shame to have to sit out and rehabilitate due to injury again, which may also reduce his chances of playing again in the summer too. Too much time out of the national team and he's likely not to make it back. England have lots of other options but it's a shame for Tremlett who has performed well for his country and seems a nice guy.

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