England news November 24, 2011

Tremlett fighting back to fitness

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Tremlett, the England fast bowler, hopes to use his time with the England performance programme (EPP) in South Africa to prove his fitness and form ahead of England's Test series against Pakistan.

He has been sidelined with a back injury since the first Test against India in July and will be joined in Potchefstroom by fellow pace bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who both missed the recent tour of India, and Graham Onions as he continues to edge towards a full England return after a serious back injury in 2010.

"The next two weeks I'll be in the indoor school and building up to 80%," Tremlett told Surrey TV. "When I get to South Africa I'll hopefully be able to bowl flat out from day one and with the conditions out there and bowling outside hopefully it'll be the perfect place to do it.

"I've had two or three months rest and recuperation," he added. "It's been a bit tedious, the training I've had to do. I've had to build up my training each week but I'm at the stage where I've been running for the last month and my strength work's really gone up and I'm ok to bowl now."

Having taken 36 wickets in seven Tests since his return in Perth last year, Tremlett is targeting a return to Test cricket against Pakistan but knows there is no certainty of a slot in the team.

"All fingers crossed I get through South Africa with no injury worries," he said. "Hopefully I get selected on the tour. There's no guarantees these days but in my mind it'll all be fine, I can go to Dubai, find my form I had last year and get back in the team. Obviously there are other guys knocking on the door so I need to find my form pretty quickly."

"The last time I went out to play I was bowling well. It doesn't help that you don't bowl for a few months but at the same time my confidence is still very high even though I've had an injury so it's just a case of getting the form I had as quickly as possible.

"I'm back in the nets now back going through my action. It's just trying to remember all the little things and nit-pick everything together as quick as I can and hopefully bowl as well as I was before the injury."

Tremlett was aiming to return for the Oval Test against India, in August, but failed a fitness Test which was the start of a much longer rehabilitation.

"It was frustrating at the time. The diagnosis of my back was a bit more serious then I first thought. But at the same time it's been nice to have a break and make sure I get everything right," he said. "As a year as a whole it's been great, obviously it was frustrating to miss out on the last few Test matches but now I'm just looking ahead, trying to be positive for next year."

England travel to UAE for a three-Test series against Pakistan in January, followed by four ODIs and three Twenty20s, before a two-Test series against Sri Lanka beginning at the end of March.

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  • Randolph on November 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Bad luck Chris there are just too many good South African seamers out there like Dernbach and de Lange in your way.

  • ian on November 25, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I tend to agree with one or two other posts on here, that Chris Tremlett is not likely to be a first pick for England on pitches in the UAE where two spinners has to be the way to go, although have reservations about the potential effectiveness of Jimmy on those tracks. It may be that CT has to wait his chance as he did last winter in Oz. At all events, it's great to see him ready to go and I am sure that he will not let England down when his turn comes again. With all the quicks jostling for places, Flower & Stauss have got the best sort of selection headache over the fast men. The real question is who is to be the second spinner. Monty should get the nod on that one for the tests, and Samit for the ODIs.

  • John on November 25, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Right now I'd put Finn ahead of him just because he's a bit older and won't have much time left at the top whereas Finn is still young and not so injury prone. Onions is an interesting project. Shame that he's more like 6th or 7th in line. Good comeback this past summer and he'll only improve. He probably walks into any other team as a 2nd or 3rd seamer.

  • david on November 25, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I agree with OhhhhMattyMatty except for one point. Finn is Englands best seamer. He has the best strike rate of an Englishman for over100 years and he did well in India recently when the conditions were completely against him. Finn will be world Number 2 behind Steyn if the selectors pick him.

  • John on November 24, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Good luck to Chris. I'd like to see him added to the side at the expense of a batsman

  • Peter on November 24, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    I'd pick Bresnan over him in the subcontinent. And you can't drop Broad or Anderson. So will be 12th man duties for Tremmers I'm afraid. Probably the 5th or 6th best seamer in the world and can't get in England's team! Simply because the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best seamers in the world are all English!

  • j on November 24, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    He's terrorized batsmen for the past two years, what golden memories Tremlett gave England fans during the Ashes, as we watched an endless stream of Aussie batsmen journey back and forth from the pavilion. He sure turned the tables on his critics all right!

  • Martin on November 24, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    "Lurch" is on his way back! Hero of The Ashes (and Cardiff....). OMG - just imagine if he had played the whole series against india instead of just the single Test at Lords....! Anyway - it will be good to see him - hope he gets to play against PAK and SL.

  • david on November 24, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    will be nice to get, what at the start of our summer most thought was our 1st 11 trio of pace bowlers back. we forgot that the series win against india was not all those guys . we dont know now what is the best trio. as one gets injured someone comes in. and in fairness each guy has been as good. the coach must be pleased or not as he has to tell 3/4 of the guys that although some of them helped beat the aussies in 3 innings defeats and nilled india they cannot get a game. funny enough they are all good english stock, so saffers can not be used as to how good they are. but the usual suspects no doubt will bring it up. dpk

  • rak on November 24, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Dont think he will be playing against pak & sri lanka bcoz u need 2 spinners in sub continent conditions(that will be swann &1 out of monty & samit) & 3 seamers that are ahead to tremlett are jimmy,broady and bresy(who has done very well....remember eng has not lost a test when he is in d team infact won all) and bres can also play as an all rounder...... morgy might miss as well....... my team would be 1)straussy(c) ,2)cooky,3)trotty ,4)kp ,5)belly ,6)prior(wk) ,7)samit patel 8)besy ,9)broady ,10)swanny ,11)jimmy........may be u can play monty in place of samit if u want too....monty will go to11) & everyone after prior will get up 1 place to their batting position.....2 spinners ,3 seamers & batting upto 9&10.... so that will be gud.... gud signs really to stay at the top in test matches ranking.......

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