London: Provided Chris Tremlett emerges unscathed from Twenty20 final day at Edgbaston, he will find himself not only in England’s squad for the fifth Ashes Test, to be named on Sunday, but also in the starting XI at the Oval three days later.
It will be Tremlett’s first Test for 20 months after he damaged his back against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
England will want to use his pace and bounce in Australia this winter, but he gets his chance in the ongoing series because Tim Bresnan has a stress fracture in his lower back.
“We knew Bresnan was having back issues but he’s a tough old guy and to hear it’s a stress fracture is a blow,” said England captain Alastair Cook. “It’s such a shame for him, but we’ve managed to spot it early so there should be a very good chance of him going to Australia.”
Tremlett has not ripped up trees for Surrey since returning from a lengthy rehab, but he remains an ogre in the eyes of many Australian batsmen after terrorising them in the last Ashes series in Australia.
He ousted Steven Finn from the England side then and has done so again, after the latter’s poor Test at Trent Bridge.
Tremlett, 31, has only taken 19 wickets in seven Championship games this year but, more importantly, has proved his fitness after the latest career-threatening injury.
England are unlikely to rest any of the other players who clinched the series in Durham despite some, such as James Anderson and Matt Prior, looking jaded.