England wait on Tremlett fitness

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Chris Tremlett sits out training today. Andrew Strauss admitted he is unsure if Tremlett will be fit for the second Test against Pakistan

Chris Tremlett today appeared to be a doubt for the second Test, in which England are hoping to bounce back against Pakistan.

Captain Andrew Strauss admitted the fast bowler, who returned to the England attack in last week’s first match of three, has again succumbed to soreness and stiffness in his back and side.

That same affliction kept him out of the England reckoning for five and a half months, after a hamstring injury led to a back problem on the eve of last summer’s Trent Bridge Test against India.

Today’s indications were not encouraging as Tremlett sat out England’s practice session at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Prior to training, Strauss said: “He had a sore back and side yesterday, and he’s going to have to bowl today before we know whether he’s fit or not.

“It’s a little bit up in the air at the moment. We’ll obviously know more after practice today.”

England have not sent Tremlett for a scan, however.

“No, it’s not one of those ones,” added Strauss. “But there’s some general stiffness and soreness, so it’s a case of whether that loosens up or continues. We’ll probably only know that after practice.”

Tremlett bowled 21 overs during Pakistan’s first innings in the opening Test at Dubai. He was not used in the second as Mohammad Hafeez knocked off the 15 runs his side needed to go 1-0 up.

“It’s always been the case he gets stiff and sore after a fair amount of bowling,” Strauss said. “Generally, he’s been pretty good at recovering from that. But we’re obviously not 100% sure at this stage.”

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