CHRIS Tremlett overcame the discomfort of an eye infection to help England to their second successive warm-up win yesterday - and keep himself in contention for a place in next week’s first Test line-up.
Tremlett went into the three-day match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI having last played for his country almost six months ago when he was struck down by a back injury.
But the 6ft 7in seamer proved his well-being with a match haul of four for 62 in a 100-run victory which also owed much to Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott’s runs and Monty Panesar’s eight wickets. He did so too despite the distraction of a sore right eye which did not hamper his bowling but remains a handicap in the field and if he needs to bat.
“It was pretty severe when I got here,” he said. “It has improved, and I see the eye specialist pretty much every day. It hasn’t affected my bowling too much. It’s been more my batting and fielding side of things.”
Tremlett has worn sunglasses throughout, on and off the field, as England have continued their preparation for a three-Test series against Pakistan which will begin next Tuesday.