England hit by Chris Tremlett injury blow

England hit by Tremlett blow as injured paceman doubtful for second Test

Chris Tremlett appeared to be a serious 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.

Chris Tremlett of England warms up during a nets session

Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad

Off the pace: Injured Chris Tremlett has been unable to bowl in practice

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.

Initial indications, as England began their practice session at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, were not encouraging either as Tremlett sat watching his team-mates go through training drills.

A few minutes earlier, Strauss said: 'He had a sore back and side yesterday, and he's going to have to bowl 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.'

Hands on: England captain Andrew Strauss takes part in catching practice at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

Hands on: England captain Andrew Strauss takes part in catching practice at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

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.'

England trail 1-0 after their renowned batting failed twice in the opening Test in Dubai.

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal

Tormentor: Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal in the nets