England news February 7, 2013

Tremlett feeling close to full fitness

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Tremlett has said he is getting close to bowling at full tilt again as he continues his rehabilitation from the knee and back injuries that limited him to one County Championship appearance for Surrey last year.

Over the last month, Tremlett has been increasing his workload in the indoor nets at The Oval and next week will travel to Potchefstroom in South Africa to training alongside an England development squad.

"It's been going really well. We've been in the indoor school for the last month or so, stepping it up each week," he told Surrey TV. "During the last three weeks, I'm not far off from sending it down at near 100 percent."

"I'm looking forward to getting out to South Africa now - it's a great opportunity which the ECB have given me to go over there and join a couple of the Surrey lads and will be a good progression to get outside and up the intensity of my bowling."

Tremlett has his sights set on Surrey's opening Championship match of the season against Somerset and admitted that when he returned to playing last season he was never completely confident in his body.

"I had stages last year where I came back to playing but I never felt that my body was 100 percent fit", he said. "I can say at the moment that my body feels normal - which is a very nice feeling."

Tremlett played the last of his 11 Tests against Pakistan, in Dubai, last January. He flew home shortly after that outing with a back problem which required surgery. He was a key part of England's Ashes series victory in Australia during 2010-11, when he claimed 17 wickets in three matches, and overall has taken 49 Test wickets.

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  • Mark on February 10, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Tremlett being fit in February is one thing. Tremlett bring fit in July after two months hard work on the county circuit is another. With England's strength in depth in the fast bowling department, I would focus on those who can last a whole Test series without breaking down injured.

  • Hamish on February 8, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    @FFL, just another of the countless english bowlers who gives us nightmares? I remember two specific players in swann and broad in whom in your ignorance you asserted that in the 10/11 ashes series gave us nightmares? They averaged a bluntly, pathetic; 40 and 80 respectively. Considering how pathetic that team was compared to now, their averages are made even worse.

    Although with tremlett's ONLY success in aus, (he's averaged 33.5 in the test scene since), your statement is still incredibly discredited. I'm sure Ian bell gives us nightmares as well..

  • j on February 8, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Tremlett... A name that brings nightmares to aussie fans. And he's England's 6th or 7th best fast bowler...

  • Samuel on February 8, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    @mikey76 - I would argue England have talent, not depth. With the injuries to Tremlett, Broad & Bresnan leading to the decline of the latter two the seam bowling stocks look thinner than they did in 2011, no thanks to the selectors who have persisted with them when clearly not right. They've also been reluctant to actually test out the promising seamers, which has been immensely frustrating and has lead to the situation we find ourselves in. If Broad & Bres find their way back to their best & Tremlett comes roaring back in, then things look rosy again. Until then, I'd like to see the likes of Meaker, Woakes, Harris & Roland-Jones actually given an opportunity.

  • John on February 8, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    With the news that Broad is carrying a long term injury and the uncertain future of Bresnan, the return of a fit Tremlett could be a boon for England. Maybe it's time for some of my fellow England fans to stop poking fun at Australia's fast bowling frailty. There are plenty of up-and-comers in England but I can't help feeling that the replacement stock in Australia is closer to ready for international duty. Then again, maybe the England selectors just need to show more faith in the likes of Onions and Harris for example.

  • Charles on February 8, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Great news. I think he is being managed well and will have plenty of time to get properly fit. Lets hope he keeps fit and takes lots of Aussie wickets

  • John on February 8, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    I'd really like to see Tremlett fit for the Australia tour. He would be useful in England, but I think England's bowling in England, if everyone is fit, is pretty decent whether Tremlett plays or not. However, with his height and the way he hits the deck, on the hard, fast wickets of Australia he's a real handful. I'm sure Aussie fans remember 2010/11 all too well!

    I have to disagree with Meety on this. Tremlett is a long way ahead of Meaker and Bresnan and suited to different wickets than Onions, who is a skiddy, wicket-to-wicket bowler. Broad, when he's fit, is better than anyone except Anderson and Finn is the third of England's first-choice trio. Woakes and Harris are on the edge of the squad, with Woakes a bit ahead at the moment. Stokes is an all-round prospect in a couple of years.

    It would also be good to see Roland-Jones, a similar bowler to Bird, getting a shot and down the road Topley will be a good one. England has lots of potential in the seam bowling department.

  • Andrew on February 8, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    I rate Tremlett as a bowler a long way ahead of Broad, Meaker & Oniions & on a shade ahead of Bresnan (juicy pitch). England's best 3 pacers are Anderson, Tremlett & Finn - IMO.

  • Nicholas on February 7, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    That's good news that Twiggy's on the mend. He should keep listening to that song: "you can do it, put your back into it!"