Tremlett targets starting berth in first Test after wicket-taking return

Chris Tremlett overcame the discomfort of an eye infection to help England to their second successive warm-up win - 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.

Back in action: Tremlett made his first England appearance for nearly six months

Back in action: Tremlett made his first England appearance for nearly six months

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.

There is still marginal blurred vision as well as pain in the eye which first began to trouble Tremlett when he arrived in the United Arab Emirates at the very start of this tour 11 days ago.

'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 the field, and for much of the time off it as England have continued their preparation for a three-Test series against Pakistan which will begin next Tuesday.

In the wickets: Tremlett claimed four scalps

In the wickets: Tremlett claimed four scalps

'It has been a bit of a struggle. But there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel,' he said.

'I hope it will be fine in a couple of days' time.'

Tremlett is an outsider to force his way into England's team for the first Test, but is heartened both by his performance and his fitness while England restricted the PCB to a first-innings 200 and then bowled them out for 150 second time round.

'It's nice to be back. It's been a while for me, after I injured my back at the end of July,' he added.

'It's been a great confidence boost for me to get out there and play again.

'I had a bit of a torrid time with my back for a couple of months, so it helps your confidence to just get through a game and bowl 20-odd overs in a couple of days.'

Knocking on the door: Onions also impressed

Knocking on the door: Onions also impressed

His new-ball partnership with Graham Onions at the GCA ground was billed by some as a "bowl-off" to see where the two might stand in the pecking order of England's seamers, below the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

But Ashes winner Tremlett said: 'It's not so much that. It's just about going out there and doing your stuff, and getting wickets is a bonus really.

'I'm happy with the way it went.

'The competition (for places) is tight, and you have to be on the ball all the time.

'I guess I'm not expecting to play (in the first Test), but just waiting to see what happens.

'All I can do is put my name in the hat. I'm back fit and hope I will get selected.' 

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