Tremlett Injured; Cook Promises Revenge

January 25, 2012 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

English fast-bowler, Chris Tremlett, will not be able to play in his country’s second Test match with Pakistan, due to injury. The Hampshire-born cricketer, who did not take a scalp during England’s humiliating ten-wicket defeat in Dubai, last week, has a “sore back and side”, to quote the BBC.

Described as a “big fragile giant” by the Guardian, an allusion to Tremlett’s 6ft 8in stature and his tendency for frequent injury, Tremlett’s current ailment is an old ‘war wound’, something he picked up during England’s Test match with India, back in July 2011. The condition kept him away from the national team’s clubhouse for six months. People looking at the Sri Lanka cricket odds online will be wondering what sort of impact this will have.

Tremlett’s absence increases the likelihood that Steve Finn will be drafted into Andrew Strauss’ squad for Wednesday’s Test. Monty Panesar and Graham Onions are also ‘possibles’ to replace Tremlett. The loss of the bowler remains a blow for England, despite plentiful replacements in the side’s ranks.

England, as evidenced by comments from Matt Prior, yesterday, and Alastair Cook, earlier today, are determined to overcome the unexpectedly difficult challenge posed by Pakistan, when the two teams meet in Abu Dhabi, tomorrow. Cook added that the opening line-up of himself and Strauss will endeavour to correct the mistakes of last week’s Test.

“It’s our job to lay the platform. We didn’t do that in Dubai”, Cook explained. The two cricketers collected a combined total of 33 runs, during the first Test, as England were bowled for 192 and 160. The only batsman to demonstrate any vitality was Prior, who clubbed 70. “We can put it right [tomorrow]”, Cook added.

Strauss has something to prove at the crease; he has not scored a century for well over a year. Cook, on the other hand, suffers the burden of expectation, having hit two hundreds in one match, back in August 2011.


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