England – Ashes 2013: Tremlett eager for England return


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Chris Tremlett insists after an injury-plagued year that has restricted his playing time for both club and country, he believes he is ready for Ashes.

England selectors are yet to be convinced that the Surrey man is back to his best and have decided not to pick him for the upcoming four-day warm-up game against Essex, starting on Sunday.

Warwickshire fast bowler Boyd Rankin has been called up instead of Tremlett for the match at Chelmsford.

The 31-year-old Tremlett though insists that even when he was out and injured he was in close contact with Andy Flower, who confirmed he would remain in his plans with the national side.

The fast-bowler played the last of his 11 Tests in January 2012 against Pakistan in Dubai but after returning home he required surgery.

Tremlett tried to make a comeback in the English domestic season but only featured in one game before he was again forced to under the knife on a knee injury.

Although he admits that his long list of injuries could lead to him being overlooked, he insists he is ready and raring to go if called upon.

Tremlett said: “If I was picked for a Test tomorrow I’d be confident.

“If you had asked me that three games into the season, my honest answer would have been that I’m not ready to play Test cricket. But now I have some games under my belt, I have my confidence back.

“I feel I’m ready now. I’ve no doubt.”

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