Chris Tremlett targets return against South Africa

England paceman Tremlett targets Test return for South Africa series

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15:00 GMT, 30 March 2012

England fast bowler Chris Tremlett has identified this summer's Test series against South Africa as a realistic target for his international comeback after injury.

Tremlett, 30, has played just one Test since Lord's last July because of a back problem which forced him to return home early from the United Arab Emirates on the eve of England's second match against Pakistan in January.

He subsequently underwent surgery, and reports his rehabilitation continues to go well.

Back problems: Tremlett has missed England's last three Tests

Back problems: Tremlett has missed England's last three Tests

'I've just started running again this week and hope, in the next couple of weeks, I'll do some bowling,' the Surrey seamer told The Guardian.

'At the moment I'm concentrating on short-term goals, trying to bowl pain-free and get my body right and then play for Surrey and develop the confidence to bowl in long spells.'

Tremlett accepts he is highly unlikely to be sufficiently fit in time for England's early-season series at home to West Indies, or five one-day internationals against Australia.

Target set: Tremlett hopes to feature against South Africa in the summer

Target set: Tremlett hopes to feature against South Africa in the summer

But he is more optimistic about the three Tests against South Africa, starting on his home ground at The Oval on July 19.

'I hope I can find some form quickly and work my back into the England side, but realistically it isn't going to happen straightaway,' he said.

'The West Indies series may be too soon, but the South Africa series is a realistic target.'