With the news that Chris Tremlett has flown home from the Pakistan series with yet another injury, I wonder have we maybe seen the last of him in an England shirt?
That might sound a bit extreme, but there are a number of reasons why I think this may be the end of his international career.
He is only 30, but he has had a lot of injuries over the years, a point which won’t be lost on the selectors.
He was out of the side in the summer with injury, and he is now out again injured. As a result of this the selectors might feel his old fitness frailties are coming back to haunt him.
This latest injury set back might just persuade the selectors to look to the future. There is now Steven Finn pushing hard for a recall, the return to fitness and form of Graham Onions, the emerging Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker, and not forgetting the man in possession of the shirt when he is fit – Tim Bresnan.
Onto the first days play of the 2nd test, and I’m sure that England would have settled for Pakistan finishing the day on 256/7 when they won the toss and elected to bat on a supposed flat, batsman’s paradise.
But with the dropped catches, I’m sure that Andrew Strauss will be disappointed to not have already bowled Pakistan out, Anderson’s drop off Misbah could be the most costly.
I was pleased to see Monty play, if the pitch was supposed to be flat and unresponsive to seam, then I didn’t see the point in playing three seamers. Pietersen would have ended up bowling a shed load of overs and all 3 seamers would have been rotated and under used.
At least England have shown they are prepared to stray away from their rigid tried and tested routine. Yes, it has got them to No1, but refusing to improvise a bit and adapt to conditions could see them quickly lose No1 status.
Today showed that England aren’t scared to change tactics, playing two spinners might not win them the game, but I believe it is the right move for this test match.