Flower quiet on Perth attack

England coach Andy Flower played down speculation that Chris Tremlett is set to replace Stuart Broad in Perth but admits he knows who the third seamer will be later in the week (England 13/8 to win 3rd Ashes Test).

Broad’s abdominal injury has opened the door for one of Tremlett, Tim Bresnan or Ajmal Shahzad to make a name for himself at the Waca as back up to James Anderson and Steve Finn.

A good performance in Western Australia could see the player involved cement his place for the rest of the series and beyond – so there is a lot at stake for England’s three reserve pacemen.

The tour match against Victoria in Melbourne was billed as a ‘bowl-off’ between the trio but, of the three, only Bresnan took a wicket in the entire match, which was played on a lifeless surface at the MCG.

Although the three-day encounter, which ended in a draw, gave little assistance for selection, Tremlett has been tipped as Broad’s most likely replacement as he is a bowler in the same mould, who is quick through the air and can gain considerable bounce with his huge frame.

But Flower gave little away when asked if Tremlett will get the nod, saying: “You can’t put words in my mouth but it’s pretty clear in our minds.

“We’ve got two days prep, and we’ll tell our squad what the XI is the day before the game.”

The Waca pitch was once famed as the quickest and bounciest in world cricket but has, in recent years, slowed down.

However, the groundsman predicts that this year’s surface will provide the faster bowlers with assistance, which could be the reason why Australia’s fastest bowler, the out-of-sorts Mitchell Johnson, was recalled for the third Test after his woeful display in Brisbane (Johnson 7/2 to be top Aussie bowler 3rd Test 1st inns).

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