Pakistan v England 2011-12, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi

Tremlett doubtful for second Test

David Hopps

January 24, 2012

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Injury problems returned for Chris Tremlett, Abu Dhabi, January, 24, 2012
Chris Tremlett spent England's final net session sitting on a drinks box © Getty Images
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Chris Tremlett, the England fast bowler, is likely to be omitted from the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi because of a recurrence of the back and side problems that plagued him for much of last summer.

"He had a sore back and side yesterday," said England captain, Andrew Strauss. "He's going to have to bowl today before we know whether he's fit or not." Tremlett then spent England's final net session sitting on a box of drinks, suggesting that his omission was inevitable.

The same injury kept him out of England contention for nearly six months after his back problem first materialised before last summer's Trent Bridge Test against India.

Strauss said there was no cause to send Tremlett for a scan. "There is just some general stiffness and soreness there."

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Posted by me54321 on (January 25, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

I really hope we go for 5 bowlers. Our 6th batsman never performs when he's really needed, so we may as well go with the bowler.

Posted by dsig3 on (January 24, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

England always been hunted? Dont think so mate. People felt sorry for you and treated you as a joke for a very long time. Now you have a very good team, and everyone will want to tear you down. Including me. You will find no friends in the media or rival nations. As long as you win you will be ok, but as soon as you fall you will cop it. Its different when you are expected to win as opposed to being a punchline.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 24, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

I have given many arguments as to why we need to go for a 5 man bowling attack. My latest concerns are time factor (see my comms on "Foundations remain solid for England" thread) , but can anyone give any reasons why we should play 6 batsmen apart from "It's what has worked for us in the past" ? In the past 3 years we haven't been away from home and a test down on pitches where even when our 4 bowlers are bowling well we only reduce the opposition to 330. Geoff Miller said pre series that he'd consider playing 5 bowlers if he felt that formation would suit the conditions etc. Surely if ever there's a time to change it it's now. The horse may have already bolted from the shed. Why wait until it's out of sight?

Posted by Harry_Kool on (January 24, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

@dsig3. You could say a lot of things about the English attack, but I wouldn't include "pie chuckers" as one. The bowlers performed admirably on a wicket that didn't really suit them. The Poms have always been the hunted, even when down, certainly by the Aussies. I probably would wait until after the series before beating your chest. Humble pie tastes awful.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

I think it is testament to England's sheer strength in the bowling department that the loss of Quality seamers Bresnan and Tremlett does not severely affect our attack as there is plenty of back up. I think it was on the cards that England were gonna drop him for Panesar anyway but hopefully this will push them to make that decision. Whilst Finn is certainly an accomplished bowler, it would be disappointing if they picked him as a second spinner would be much more beneficial to the attack in these conditions.

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (January 24, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Honest advice from a Pakistani fan to English selectors and anybody with influence in team selection. Broad and Anderson are very good seamers. They are also reasonably fit (well, Anderson for sure) to survive longish spells of 8 to 10 overs. England does NOT need a 3rd seamer in these conditions. Finn is OK, but in bouncier tracks. England should definitely be playing Monty, he is a classy off-spinner and the left+right will trouble Pak. Sticking with 3 seamers just seems so archaic, not what I would expect from the otherwise "dynamic" flowers/strauss duo.

Posted by aahahaa on (January 24, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

blessing in disguise , may be. but then I wouldn't want them to play Monty, any street asian cricketer can tame him. Finn if he is there, I would play him, that boy is an impact bowler and on his day can rattle a few.

Posted by spence1324 on (January 24, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

And the special award goes to @dsig3 for stating the the ministry of the bleeding obvious!(because they have not been bowling for months).

Posted by demon_bowler on (January 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

@dsig3. You clearly did not watch the match; the England bowlers performed quite creditably. Tremlett's continual injuries are a problem, though. For him, I mean. The replacements are very strong and could keep him out of the team indefinitely. I think that Panesar is in any case the best attacking option now that England need to chase the game. He has a good record against Pakistan, who have a chronic weakness against slow left arm. Even Giles did well against them.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

He was already going to be dropped from palying 11 so now this general soreness has made the choice easier and it will be interesting if Eng play 2 spinners because Pak play spin lot better den rest of the World in asia .Eng shud stick to 3 seamers policy if they want any improvement from last test humiliation.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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