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Darren Pattinson on that Headingley Test against South Africa

Exclusive: One-cap wonder Pattinson on THAT Headingley Test against the Proteas

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 30 July 2012

Bolt from the blue: Pattinson was called up for his only Test four years ago

Bolt from the blue: Pattinson was called up for his only Test four years ago

It was the selection that caused a sensation and ended up hastening the demise of Michael Vaughan as England captain. Now, four years after he was plucked from obscurity to appear on the biggest stage, Darren Pattinson can finally reflect on how he went from Melbourne club cricket to playing against South Africa at Headingley.

As England head to Leeds for their must-win date with South Africa this week it is inevitable that thoughts will turn to what remains the most controversial and derided pick that Geoff Miller’s England panel have made.

When Ryan Sidebottom was ruled out of the second Test against Graeme Smith’s team in 2008 it was widely expected that Chris Tremlett, the next bowler in line, would come in. Yet Miller and company made such a surprising move that Sportsmail’s back page headline read ‘England turn to Grimsby-born roof tiler.’

That man was a bemused Pattinson, English by birth but who had spent most of his life in Melbourne and a late developer who had only recently given up his job in the family tiling business to turn professional with Victoria and, then, Notts.

‘It all happened so quickly,’ Pattinson told Sportsmail. ‘It was all a bit surreal but I was pretty grateful to be given the opportunity and I’m proud now to be able to say I played Test cricket. I’ve had time to reflect on it and despite everything I look back on it positively.’

Stepping down: Michael Vaughan's resignation followed Pattinson's cap

Stepping down: Michael Vaughan's resignation followed Pattinson's cap

It is hard to imagine Vaughan, Miller or anyone else involved looking back on the experience positively. Poor Pattinson, whose inclusion in the squad had been described as ‘merely a precaution’, found himself thrown into a political minefield when Paul Collingwood was left out of the England side on the morning of the match.

The England players, Vaughan said after a crushing and controversial 10-wicket defeat, had been ‘unsettled’ by Pattinson’s inclusion while the first cracks in the relationship between Peter Moores and senior players emerged when the coach said that it was Vaughan who had requested a bowler like Pattinson, not him.

Pattinson was in the middle of it all. ‘The England guys were really good to me,’ he insisted. ‘There were no problems with them at all. I got a phone call out of the blue from Geoff Miller the day before the match asking me to report and saying there was a good chance I was playing. I didn’t get to the team hotel until 11pm. I had been due to take my family to Alton Towers that day but that went out of the window. We’ve been plenty of times since, mind. Next day I was playing in a Test.’

It did not go well. England were bowled out cheaply by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel – where have we heard that before – and then conditions changed at Headingley and England were on the end of a fearful thumping. The new boy, just short of his 29th birthday, bowled respectably but struggled to make a huge impact and ended with two for 95.

Flat out: Pattinson took 2-95 as England lost by 10 wickets

Flat out: Pattinson took 2-95 as England lost by 10 wickets

‘I still couldn’t believe it was happening,’ Pattinson recalled. ‘I hadn’t prepared for it at all. There were a lot of nerves but I did okay. The main stumbling block was that the sun came out when we were bowling. Still, I got Hashim Amla and Ashwell Prince out and I went on to play with both of them at Notts so that was nice.’

How England would like to find someone, anyone, who could have got Amla out at the Kia Oval last week!

The aftermath was ugly but Pattinson defends his right to have been called up. ‘I’ve never felt Australian and there was never any question of me playing for Australia,’ he says in his soft Melbourne accent. ‘I was born in England, have an English passport and two very proud English parents. I grew up watching Manchester United on TV and supporting England at cricket.

‘I had only played a handful of games for Victoria when I got the chance to play for Notts and I was enjoying my opportunity in county cricket. My priority was trying to get a new contract at Trent Bridge and international cricket had never entered my mind. I jumped at the chance to play for England. Who wouldn’t And I don’t have any regrets about it.’

Pattinson’s Australian wife, however, found the whole business difficult to handle and the end of her husband’s short international career came quickly.

Prize scalp: Pattinson is mobbed after taking Hashim Amla's wicket

Prize scalp: Pattinson is mobbed after taking Hashim Amla's wicket

‘The scrutiny was hard on my family,’ said Pattinson. ‘I had a chat with Geoff Miller afterwards when he wanted me to go on a Lions tour but by that stage we had decided to go back to Australia that winter. If I had been given a second Test maybe things would have been different but once I said no to the Lions that was it. Geoff was very understanding about it and we parted on good terms.’

Yet the Pattinson name lives on in the form of his younger brother James who is now one of the best fast bowling prospects in Australia. The pair are now the first brothers to have played Test cricket for different countries in more than a century.

‘It was different for James,’ said his big brother who is perhaps in his last year with Notts having signed for the Melbourne Renegades this winter as a domestic player. ‘He is 10 years younger than me and was born in Australia. He has never had split loyalties. He’s not there yet as a fast bowler but he has a lot of potential.’

Pattinson junior is expected back in England next year as part of Australia’s Ashes challenge. Who will Darren support ‘Oh I really don’t mind who wins but my dad will still be supporting England, that’s for sure,’ he said diplomatically. ‘We just all want to see James doing well.’

Chris Tremlett could face surgery

EXCLUSIVE: Tremlett could face knee surgery as fears grow over bowler's future

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 23 July 2012

England fast bowler Chris Tremlett will see a knee specialist later this week amid concerns about his future at the highest level.

The 6ft 7in seamer, 31 in September, missed Surrey’s county championship match against Nottinghamshire last week, the official explanation being that he was ‘heavy-legged’.

But a specialist will now determine the exact nature of the injury to his right knee, with sources fearing he could face surgery. An operation would almost certainly rule him out of the rest of the summer and threaten his place in England’s tour party for the four-Test series in India starting in November.

Concern: Chris Tremlett continues to be troubled by a knee injury

Concern: Chris Tremlett continues to be troubled by a knee injury

Tremlett had only recently returned to first-class cricket after flying home early from England’s tour of the UAE in January with back trouble.

Injuries have limited him to only 11 Test appearances, which have brought 49 wickets at an average of 26 — but he has played in only one of England’s last 12 Tests after his starring role in series wins over Australia and Sri Lanka.

Since then he has fallen behind Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn and Graham Onions in England’s competitive seam-bowling hierarchy.

Chris Tremlett is back – Paul Newman World of Cricket

Tremlett is back and ready to hit the heights once more

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22:30 GMT, 4 July 2012

Back in action: Tremlett has returned from a spell on the sidelines

Back in action: Tremlett has returned from a spell on the sidelines

England’s seam bowling has rarely been stronger, with Jimmy Anderson leading an attack brimming with options and depth. But it is about to get even stronger. The big man is back.

When Chris Tremlett claimed the final wicket in Sydney that completed England’s 3-1 win in the last Ashes series he was at the very top of his game, finally fulfilling the potential that had been blighted by injuries and question marks over his temperament at the highest level.

Sadly, despite a man-of-the-match-winning display on his old home ground of the Rose Bowl last year against Sri Lanka, it was not to last. Tremlett, so often cursed by the fragility of his vast frame, had the most serious injury of the lot and needed a back operation. The man who had at last proved his worth was back on the sidelines.

Now, at a time of tragedy for Surrey following the death of Tom Maynard, Tremlett is providing a crumb of comfort by returning for his county in their Twenty20 team and hopes to step up his comeback over the coming weeks. He has, at 30, a lot of lost time to make up.

‘It’s been a case of so far so good,’ said Tremlett, still an imposing physical presence.

Key man: Tremlett took the final wicket of the 2010-11 Ashes series

Key man: Tremlett took the final wicket of the 2010-11 Ashes series

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‘Mentally it’s been quite hard to deal with but now I’m in a confident frame of mind. I’ve got a few games under my belt, my back is feeling better and I’m trying to enjoy every opportunity I have.’

It would be a welcome good-news story if Tremlett could force his way back into England contention, if not for this summer’s Test series against South Africa then for the winter.

He has all the attributes to be a world-beater, as David Saker quickly recognised when he first set eyes on him after becoming England bowling coach. ‘I want that bloke with us for the Ashes,’ Saker told England coach Andy Flower. The rest is history, but is Tremlett history now as far as the national team are concerned

‘I’ve not been involved with the England team but Andy Flower has kept in touch and I’m sure they’re keeping one eye on me,’ said Tremlett. ‘They’re aware of what I’ve been doing which is nice to know. England is the step to get back up to and I feel that when I’m bowling well I’m as good as anyone.

‘I played in a great side and I don’t think I did much wrong. Now I’ve had an annoying setback which has taken a long time to heal and has been frustrating but I’ve done the work and need to play. I feel I can be as good as I was. It feels the same running in.’

England, with Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions and Steven Finn all competing for three Test places, do not have an immediate need for Tremlett. But, with the height, pace and bounce that he brings, the Surrey giant would improve any team. It is good to have him back.

Chance to Shine ambassador Chris Tremlett was helping to promote the ‘play hard, play fair’ message of MCC Spirit of Cricket.

D'Oliveira legend lives on

Take a look at the county scoreboards for this year’s Twenty20 competition and a famous name jumps out at you.

Brett D’Oliveira is the grandson of the late, great Basil and the third generation of his family to play for Worcestershire, with father Damian having played a big role in his development as second-team coach at New Road. Now he is making his way in the first team.

Legend: D'Oliveira (centre) passed away last year

Legend: D'Oliveira (centre) passed away last year

So keen are Worcestershire to protect a young leg-spinning all-rounder from extra pressure because of his surname that director of cricket Steve Rhodes is reluctant to talk about him, saying only that D’Oliveira is a ‘good prospect’.

But the potential was there to see on Sunday when he took three Somerset wickets in the best of his first-team performances to date. We wish him well.

Calling it a day: Ramprakash

Calling it a day: Ramprakash

Ramprakash signs off

Mark Ramprakash will on Thursday call time on one of the most prolific but enigmatic careers in cricket history when he announces his retirement.

Ramprakash, 42, hit an astonishing 114 first-class centuries before losing his Surrey place earlier this season, but in a 52-Test career he could average only 27.

Sadly, we will never know what he might have achieved had he come along in the modern age of central contracts and continuity of selection.

Under Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss the gifted but volatile Ramprakash just might have become one of the all-time greats in his prime.

Bumble's final word

England are a damn good team in all forms of the game but it is still a crying shame that Kevin Pietersen cannot play Twenty20 cricket after retiring from the 50-over game.

Look at the Aussies. Michael Clarke retired from Twenty20 but still plays in Tests and one-day internationals. Was that what Geoff Miller and John Inverarity, the heads of the England and Australia selection panels respectively, were talking about at Lord’s last Friday

Twenty20 is box-office cricket and KP is a box-office talent. The spectators are being deprived of that talent and I just wonder if the ECB might reconsider and let Pietersen play in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September. Don’t shut the door on him.

Andrew Strauss starts with duck

Strauss starts with duck as Onions tears into Middlesex

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 20 April 2012

Andrew Strauss began the summer that
could decide his future as England's Test captain with a second-ball
duck at Lord's on Friday.

The Middlesex left-hander had his off stump knocked back as he played forward to Durham's Graham Onions.

Weather for ducks: Strauss forced to watch after going second ball to Onions (right)

Weather for ducks: Strauss forced to watch after going second ball to Onions (right)

Weather for ducks: Strauss forced to watch after falling to Onions (right)

Neither Strauss nor Neil Dexter are
skippering Middlesex, with the latter also feeling the pressures of
leadership and handing over the reins to Chris Rogers.

The move worked for Dexter, who led a recovery from two for three by remaining unbeaten on 65 as Middlesex reached 132 for five before bad light stopped play prematurely.

Crying game: Onions removes Strauss second ball

Crying game: Onions removes Strauss second ball

Onions wants his England place back after being leapfrogged by Steven Finn, Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan since missing the 2010 season following a back operation.

After the first day's washout, Onions bowled superbly to take three of the wickets, swinging the ball both ways at a healthy pace.

In the helpful early conditions, Onions had Joe Denly caught at first slip by Paul Collingwood for one, then Sam Robson drove at the first ball of the next over from Callum Thorp and edged to Michael Di Venuto at second slip.

Chris Tremlett targets return against South Africa

England paceman Tremlett targets Test return for South Africa series

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UPDATED:

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.'

Steven Finn eyes an England Test place

Finn hopes hard work continues to pay off by propelling back into England Test reckoning

Steven Finn has no argument with his current exclusion from the England Test side and is willing to bide his time to win back a place.

The Middlesex player was a star performer in the one-day series against India last year but was overlooked in favour of Chris Tremlett for the first Test against Pakistan and could not dislodge James Anderson or Stuart Broad once England opted to go for just two seamers for the next two games.

He returned with style to post figures of 4 for 34 as England recovered from their Test series whitewash to beat Pakistan by 130 runs in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi but does not have an axe to grind with the selectors.

Seizing his chance: Finn removed Pakistan's first four batsmen in Abu Dhabi with figures of 4-34

Seizing his chance: Finn removed Pakistan's first four batsmen in Abu Dhabi with figures of 4-34

Finn told Radio 5 Live: 'You have to accept that the guys who are playing in the team have been better bowlers than me. They've got a lot of experience, they've played a lot of cricket and have got proven track records of being exceptional – and until that changes there's not going to be a place for me.

'I just have to keep knocking on the door, keep trying to push their places hard but at the moment I accept and know that the people in the team are there for a reason.'

Finn attributed his success against Pakistan to the extra work he has put since being dropped midway through the 2010/11 Ashes series.

'It's something I've worked very hard on over the last 12-14 months since being left out of that Test team in Australia and it's something that hopefully now people can start to see the hard work that I've put in. Hopefully that will start to show in my performances.

'You look at tiny little technical things, mindset things and then try and come back a better bowler.

'I bowled a lot last summer for Middlesex, which was great – to go and get that cricket under my belt. Then throughout this winter I've done a fair amount of bowling – whether it be in nets, or in game situations – and I feel like I'm learning all the time.'

High five for England"s Craig Kieswetter

High five for Kieswetter as England seek to power up

Craig Kieswetter returned to the
scene of his England breakthrough to practise the new
middle-order role Andy Flower has handed him ahead of facing Pakistan.

It was his 81 against England as an
opener for the Lions two years ago at the Sheik Zayed Stadium that
catapulted Kieswetter into the successful World Twenty20 team and he has
remained in the limited-overs side ever since.

Power play: Craig Kieswetter in the nets

Power play: Craig Kieswetter in the nets

Yet mixed results at the top of the order coupled with the desire to hand Kevin Pietersen the challenge of opening sees Kieswetter pencilled in at No 5 to capitalise on the third power-play.

He has been playing there with some success for the Lions on tour in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The Somerset keeperbatsman will bat there on Friday against a Lions team who will try to repeat that success over England here which was inspired by Kieswetter and Michael Lumb.

It will be England's only practice game ahead of Monday's first one-day international.

Team talk: Kieswetter and coach Andy Flower

Team talk: Kieswetter and coach Andy Flower

'It was a great feeling to score runs against England here,' said Kieswetter. 'I was on the other side then and we were fortunate enough to bring England down. Five is a new role for me but it gives me the opportunity to finish off games.'

The most interesting member of the Lions side is Yorkshire batsman Joe Root, who is seen within the England set-up as potentially the next Test opening batsman to emerge.

Chris Tremlett had surgery on the back injury that forced him to return home from England's tour of the UAE on Thursday.

Bresnan targets one-dayers after recovering from elbow injury

Bresnan targets one-dayers after recovering from elbow injury

Tim Bresnan

Back in action: Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan will fly back to Dubai on Friday to complete his recovery from a serious elbow injury and then take his place in England's squad for the four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games against Pakistan.

But fellow paceman Chris Tremlett was last night ruled out of England's tour of Sri Lanka next month because of a back injury which has now been diagnosed as a bulging disc.

He hopes to be fit for the domestic season.

Chris Tremlett facing back operation

Tremlett facing back op as England bowler continues to suffer with 'chronic' problem

In trouble: Tremlett may need surgery

In trouble: Tremlett may need surgery

Ashes winner Chris Tremlett may need surgery to cure the back problem which forced him out of England's ongoing Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Fast bowler Tremlett had to fly home before the second of two successive defeats to date, having added just one appearance since the same problem ruled him out of last summer's Trent Bridge Test against India and then for five and a half months afterwards.

The 6ft 7in fast bowler, who took 17 wickets in three Tests in England's historic Ashes victory in Australia last winter, is suffering with a back problem which has been described as 'chronic' by medical specialists.

The England team's physiotherapist Ben Langley told The Sun: 'Scans have revealed various issues with Chris' back – but we have to find out exactly what is causing the current problem.

'He will see two specialists to get two opinions. The programme he followed after breaking down last summer has not worked, so he might have to go down the surgery route.'

Tour over: Tremlett (right) was sent home from the series against Pakistan

Tour over: Tremlett (right) was sent home from the series against Pakistan

Thirty-year-old Tremlett has fallen prey to injury several times since making his Test debut against India five years ago.

Langley added: 'If Chris does need an operation, we are hopeful he will be able to bowl again in the future.

'He is a very calm man, who has taken all his injury frustrations in his stride.

'He always does his rehab very diligently so he will certainly give himself the best chance of a full recovery.'

Tremlett's injury is one of several to hamper England's pace-bowling resources of late.

Stuart Broad is fit again, but spent last autumn resting a shoulder problem; Tim Bresnan also flew home from the Middle East last month with post-operative elbow pain, and his participation in the forthcoming limited-overs leg of England's tour remains in doubt – and only yesterday, Stuart Meaker had to leave the Lions tour of Sri Lanka.

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