Australia v England, 5th ODI, Brisbane January 30, 2011

England's injury list continues to grow


England's injury-hit bowling attack is being pushed to the limits after two more quicks picked up problems in Brisbane. Chris Tremlett was ruled out of the fifth one-day international with a side strain and Ajmal Shahzad limped off during the match with a hamstring problem.

Shahzad suffered his injury two balls into his eighth over and left the field having completed it at reduced pace. Both he and Tremlett will go for scans on Monday when the team travels to Sydney and it leaves England short of cover for the final two matches. Steven Finn made his ODI debut at the Gabba and Chris Woakes was recalled to the line-up in place of Michael Yardy.

Woakes enjoyed a memorable game as he claimed 6 for 45, the second best figures for England in ODIs, but the continued problems to England's World Cup bowlers is a serious concern.

Shahzad joins Stuart Broad (stomach), Tim Bresnan (calf) and Graeme Swann (knee/back) on the casualty list with the latter two having flown home from the tour. Only James Anderson of England's first-choice World Cup attack hasn't been injured on tour but he was rested for the start of this series.

"We're beginning to run out of bowlers now," Strauss said. "Woakesy came in and did brilliantly today. He hit the deck hard, bowled some really good deliveries. That delivery to get rid of [Cameron] White was an absolute scorcher. Finny came in after not playing for a long time and did some good work as well."

Strauss added they may need to call in reinforcements even though the tour only has seven days to run and it may mean scouring Australia for any potential options. The England Lions have recently begun their tour of West Indies and it's a long journey to get someone from the Caribbean to Australia who then may not be needed.

England's problems could be eased a little by the surface in Sydney. They didn't play any spinner in Brisbane, but they are likely to need one at the SCG which would mean a recall for either Yardy or James Tredwell who could replace Shahzad, while Luke Wright is also in the squad. One option Strauss ruled out was an early return for Broad who has rejoined the tour for rehabilitation from the abdominal injury he sustained during the second Test at Adelaide.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on January 31, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    @MrJames - schedules were tighter as little as 5 yrs ago. Often you could play 5 ODIs in a 7 or 8 day period in the Oz summer, these days they might do 3 in 8 days. If players generally were concerned about their workload - they would cut back on the extraneous matches like IPL or T20s in particular. Obviously players like Yardy who is well down the list of Test players wouldn't be complaining. I think there are a couple of players in the Pommie top 6 batting line up that probably be better off not playing the Shorter Formats. I think Bell should give away the T20s (& consider 50/50 too), Trott (although doing well), should consider not playing 50/50, & so to Strauss. That would mean that the ODI squad would be alot more different to the Test side - the burden is then shared. Can't see KP giving up the lucrative T20 format though - can you?

  • Sagir on January 31, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @ChokkaShokka hehe man, u made my day !! i am surprised that someone like Tremlett wasnt picked for the series as apart from Anderson and Swann he seemed to be the only consistent and productive bowler for England in Australia... i would much rather have him in the team than Bresnan or Yardy.. I even have visions of Yardy being thrashed in the sub-continent if and when he plays..

    @Trickstar Shahzad might be aggressive and he does occasionally mix but his bowling comes across as very one-dimensional though effective.. i truly believe that Tremlett is a better operator than him.

  • Thank You on January 31, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Woaksey....Finny...these names sound a bit too friendly for men sharing a shower...oooh woaksey mind picking up the soap dear......seriously though, I've never even heard of half of these first choice English bowlers ..ok - maybe not English - but players representing England then...lets see what the players representing England can do next month in the sub-continent....actually anything they do will be better than their last excurision in these lands....5-0 seems to come to mind.

  • John on January 31, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    I find it rather bewildering that Woakes isn't in the English WC squad. He's looked as good as any English bowler in the games that he's played. He's still young, looks lively enough in the field and is a decent bat. Seems Australia isn't the only country with selection issues.

  • Agam on January 31, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Well looking at Eng form , it will lucky for them if they qualify for semis. Aus , SL , India and SAF/Pak r sureshot semifinalists. Eng should remember what happened to them when they last played ODIs in India. 5-0. Get ready for another similar experience

  • Mohamed on January 31, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    this series is too long.......for english players.........

  • James on January 31, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    This shows how stupid whoever the organisers were, I mean for players to play week in week out for 2 months is an amazing toil. As a result, we are seeing the extensive injuries on both sides. And now, the decision to play back to back ashes in 2013-14, i think it was, is crazy. The chances of the same exact team to play the first test and the last test is laughable.

  • Ryan on January 31, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    at least when england drops out of the world cup early they can say "this was always going to happen with the injuries"

  • paul on January 31, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    @7477 It wasn't Strauss that said that it was Alec Stewert that did the interview and the article was on here. @dsig3 Load of rubbish, Shahzad has bowled pretty good all way through this series, he's bowled quick and mixed it up very wel, he's had a few very good matches and to prove matters worse, to even mention Finn and to some extent Tremeltt as one day bowler proves you know very little about bowling or each of the bowlers.Tremlett's better than Finn but neither would get in the England side at full strength.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    If England think that with this batting performance they should worry about India and South Africa in world cup then they are fool. It won't be easy to beat Bangladesh in their familiar condition. Recently they taught NZ, how to play cricket in Bangladesh. I will bet on Bangladesh, in Bangladesh vs England match

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