England's pace battery has received a battering. After fast bowler Chris Tremlett was ruled out of the fifth ODI against Australia, at Brisbane, due to a side strain, his fellow speedster Ajmal Shahzad has picked up a hamstring strain. The news only adds "injury to insult" for a team that has just lost the 7-match ODI series to the Aussies 1-4.
Shahzad suffered his injury a couple of deliveries into his eighth over and left the field having completed it at a curtailed speed. Both he and Tremlett will undergo scans on Monday when the team travels to Sydney as the tourists have fallen short of cover for their last two matches of the ongoing series. Steven Finn made his ODI debut at the Gabba and Chris Woakes replaced Michael Yardy there.
Shahzad joins Stuart Broad (stomach), Tim Bresnan (calf) and Graeme Swann (knee/back) on the list of walking wounded with the latter two having flown home from the tour. Only James Anderson of England's first-choice World Cup attack hasn't been injured on tour but was recalled only after the first three matches.
"We're beginning to run out of bowlers now," a worried Strauss said. "Woakesy came in and did brilliantly today. He hit the deck hard, bowled some really good deliveries. That delivery to get rid of [Cameron] White was an absolute scorcher. Finny came in after not playing for a long time and did some good work as well."
In the meantime, England have called up Liam Plunkett, the Durham pace bowler, into their injury-hit one-day squad although he will only arrive in Australia from the Lions tour of West Indies in time for the final match at Perth on Sunday.