A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Chris Tremlett close to being fully fit

Tremlett’s career has seriously suffered as a result of his injuries

England pace bowler Chris Tremlett is close to being fully fit after battling with knee and back issues that have severely derailed his international and domestic career.

Tremlett continues his rehabilitation, but was limited to representing Surrey in just one game all of last season.

Over the past couple of months, Tremlett’s workload has increased substantially and reports indicate that he will soon fly to Potchefstroom in South Africa and train alongside the England development squad.

Speaking about his near career-ending injuries, Tremlett told Surrey TV: “It’s been going really well. We’ve been in the indoor school for the last month or so, stepping it up each week. During the last three weeks, I’m not far off from sending it down at near 100 percent.

“I’m looking forward to getting out to South Africa now – it’s a great opportunity which the ECB have given me to go over there and join a couple of the Surrey lads and will be a good progression to get outside and up the intensity of my bowling.”

Tremlett is also gearing up for the start of the domestic season and is relishing the opportunity to play against Somerset in Surrey’s first county match of 2013.

However, the lanky seamer also admitted that throughout the entire last season, he never felt that he was 100 per cent fit.

“I had stages last year where I came back to playing but I never felt that my body was 100 percent fit”, he said. “I can say at the moment that my body feels normal – which is a very nice feeling.”

Tremlett last represented England in a Test series against Pakistan in January last year, but was flown home shortly into the series due to a back injury that required surgery.

The high point of Tremlett’s international career came during the 2010-11 Ashes series, where he took 17 wickets in three matches and helped England defeat arch-rivals Australia and lift the coveted urn once again.

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