Tremlett ruled out of third Test

Tue, 09 Aug 10:34:00 2011

Chris Tremlett has been ruled out of England's third Test against India at Edgbaston after failing to recover from a back injury.

- Tremlett out of third Test

England had already included Steven Finn in their squad as pace-bowling cover for Tremlett, who also missed the second-Test victory in Nottingham last week after suffering tightness in his hamstring and then back spasms.

An England and Wales Cricket Board update on Tuesday morning confirmed he will not be available, and added he "will receive ongoing treatment ahead of the fourth Test".

England are preparing as scheduled for the start of the match, due to start on Wednesday, despite the public disorder in Birmingham.

Both England and India's players remained in their city-centre hotels last night once it became clear gangs of looters were making large parts of the surrounding areas no-go zones.

An ECB spokesman confirmed during practice at Edgbaston on Tuesday that there is no reason at this stage to suspect yesterday's disturbances have put the match in jeopardy.

"Everything is as normal at this stage. We will continue on that basis unless we are told anything different," he said.

Only England captain Andrew Strauss and vice-captain Alastair Cook ventured out last night, having been invited to a barbecue by Jonathan Trott - who is out of this match with a shoulder injury but lives nearby.

They returned safely.

Their team-mates tweeted about the violence from their hotel, and James Anderson added this morning: "Awful scenes around the country. Saw it first hand in Birmingham last night. Great to see people coming together to help with the clean up."

He and his team-mates appeared at ease as they arrived for practice this morning.

Warwickshire have also issued a statement, making it clear they expect the match - which has attracted near record ticket sales - to go ahead as planned.

"Warwickshire County Cricket Club wishes to respond to the media enquiries it has received by confirming that the third Test match between England and India at Edgbaston will proceed as planned, and play will begin tomorrow at 11am as scheduled," the statement read.

"If there are any changes to plans, a further announcement will be made."


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