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Tremlett named World Cup reserve

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February 9, 2011

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Chris Tremlett, the England fast bowler, will fly out to Bangladesh as a traveling reserve with England's World Cup squad. He has recovered from a side strain, and will be on stand-by to be added to the 15-man squad in the event that the selectors need to replace an injured player.

Tremlett, 29, was awarded an incremental contract after his role in England's victorious Ashes campaign, and played in the first four one-dayers against Australia in January, taking six wickets at 33.50.

Eoin Morgan has already been ruled out of the World Cup due to a fractured finger and England are currently sweating on the fitness of five more members of their squad. Paul Collingwood received an injection on Monday, having suffered a back spasm during the penultimate ODI in Sydney. Tim Bresnan is stepping up his training having succumbed to a calf strain, while Ajmal Shahzad's hamstring injury is still causing concern.

Stuart Broad is believed to be on track having torn a stomach muscle back in December, while Graeme Swann is set to test his injured knee in the nets on Tuesday, having missed the latter stages of the Australia tour.

ECB National Selector Geoff Miller said: "While the injured bowlers in the 15-man squad are all progressing well, the selectors have decided it would be prudent to have an additional player on hand who is acclimatised in case we need to apply to the Event Technical Committee for a replacement due to injury."


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Posted by M on (February 10, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

yes - still of the future - he has shown in the recent tour that he has what it takes to compete very well at the highest level on a consistent basis... and has really come of age ... ... sure he might have only 6 or 7 years left... but at the current rate , that is another 70 tests - could have 250+ test wickets to his name by then... that would place him high on the Eng all time bowlers lists...

Posted by Lalith on (February 10, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

Poms and Aussies need at least 10 extra players in the subcontinent to replace if injury happens.

Posted by Cricinfouser on (February 10, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

@brisCricFan I fully agree with you.spelele seems to chauvinistic. if they rejecting players like Peterson and Trott then I think there is some serious flaw in system.

Posted by ntokozo on (February 10, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

@brisCricFan, you say Tremlett is one for the future. Well, breaking news mate, the guy is what? 29 already? It's not long before he calls it quits. He's been badly managed by the authorities and thus hasn't got too many chances 4 a longer career. But perhaps a few years of him is what ENG need from him. But the future? NO.

Posted by Andrew on (February 10, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

@spelele - I'm not a Pom fan but I think your confidence in Sth Africa's chances are admirable but probably destined for heartache. BTW - I do like a good sledge against the Poms re: their League of Nations, but KP & Trott probably would be selected to play for most of the top sides in the world. You bag Trott - yet he has an ODI average over 50! @Rajeev Reddy - he's on standby for .... an injury! Tremlett I think should of been in the side before Bresnan, but due to the Poms preferring bowlers who bat (Yardy v Tredwell), they went with Bresanan. I got a feeling that England have 2 fairly serious bowling injuries; 1. Shahzad & 2. Bresnan. So don't be surprised if another bowler gets the call up - (Woakes?).

Posted by M on (February 10, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

@spelele - mate as an Aussie - even I am tired of hearing how England is all SA seconds... a guy lives in a country of his choosing - be it for personal or financial reasons, and is qualified and capable of playing at the pinnacle of a sport within that country, then so be it... that is the end of the matter. ... KP has gone off the rails of late... yep; I could name a few AUS/IND/SAF players that would be paddling in that boat ... as for Trott and his leg sided play - he sure does and not much of an off-side to his game at all... we all know that and still let him score runs there... so who is the stupid ones? ... ... Tremlett - if he can stay fit - a star of the future - good action, great bounce and tight consistent lines - some might say all the things Harmison wasn't ... @Rajeev Reddy - he isn't added to the squad - Eng are being clever and travelling with him so should the need arise he is already there and acclimatised.

Posted by Rod on (February 9, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

The one thing I have to agree with is the 'overhyping' of Pietersen. He has played 13 ODI series over the past 5 years or so. He has only delivered any sort of return iin 3 of those series. It's time for Strauss and Flower to get a lot tougher with their underperforming 'star' player. Can he 'walk the walk'? or is it all talk? It's about time he stopped giving his wicket away weakly and started to deliver some runs. Big Time!

Posted by Michael on (February 9, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

The sad joke is really on those who bang on about England being SA seconds. Jokes seldom get better on over repetition.

Posted by Rob on (February 9, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

Spelele i guess irony goes over your head! Real S.A 11 now includes rushed in pakistani spinner who quite likely will be best spinner S.A has ever fielded!! But then people who live in glass houses should never throw stones!!

not sure there are many S.A batsmen with ODI & Test Averages like Trotts in present line up so to count him out is just plain mean.

Tremlett can go as a great replacement and is a travelling reserve, nothing has been mentioned that he's in the squad!

Posted by Prince on (February 9, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

@spelele:-Jonathan Trott is extremely underrated-like Paul Collingwood,& yes,you are right about KP.His mouth is bigger than his bat & he averages more tweets & than runs for the last 2/3 years.

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