Chittagong, March 9: With no dearth of back-up fast bowlers for England, the loss of Stuart Broad to a side strain mid-way through the ongoing World Cup may not be that big a blow. The England and Whales Cricket Board has announced that Broad's replacement will be the tall paceman Chris Tremlett.
Tremlett has been with the squad throughout the competition as a stand-by player. Broad left Chittagong for home on Wednesday with the ECB confirming their application to the International Cricket Council's event technical committee for Tremlett to come in as a seam-bowling reinforcement.
Tremlett who featured in the Ashes last December, was left out of the ensuing one-day series against Australia due to an injury which also kept him out of the original World Cup squad. He hasn't had much experience in one-dayers, playing just 13 and taking 15 wickets at an average of 41.33 and an economy rate of 5.24.
Tremlett is the second replacement player England have required in the past couple of days, having called-up Eoin Morgan in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen on Monday. Middle-order batsman Morgan joined the squad for practice at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Wednesday, in preparation for Friday's Group B fixture against Bangladesh at the same venue.