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Cricket World Cup: Chris Tremlett set for warm-up call

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Dates: 19 February-2 April Venues: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
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England bowler Chris Tremlett
England play the Netherlands in Nagpur on 22 February

England have asked for special dispensation to play Chris Tremlett in Wednesday's World Cup warm-up game against Canada because of injuries.

The fast bowler was not initially included in their World Cup squad.

But with Tim Bresnan still recovering from a calf injury and Stuart Broad unavailable through illness, England are short of bowling options.

They play Pakistan in a warm-up match on Friday before their opening fixture against the Netherlands on 22 February.

Captain Andrew Strauss will hope to have Bresnan and Broad back for the first competitive game, which will take place in Nagpur.

But on Wednesday they will definitely be without Bresnan, while Ajmal Shahzad is recovering from an injury and Graeme Swann is still in England on paternity leave.

All-rounder Bresnan, a key performer in England's ICC World Twenty20 victory last year and in their Ashes success this winter, is ahead of schedule after missing the last five matches of the one-day international series defeat by Australia.

This is the World Cup. If you can't get up for the World Cup, then you probably can't get up for anything

Tim Bresnan

"It's feeling pretty good," said Bresnan. "I hope I can get a warm-up game, but will definitely be targeting the start of the tournament.

"I've not bowled 100% since I did it. But I'm definitely back bowling 80 to 85%, and then will probably go to 100% on Tuesday. I want to get in a few sessions at 100% before I take the field for a competitive game.

"It probably wasn't the ideal time to get injured. But the saving grace, silver lining, is that I have had a bit of time at home to relax and recharge my mind as well as my body."

Bresnan admitted the national team's coaches and medical staff are concerned about England's busy schedule, which has taken them from a gruelling tour in Australia to the subcontinent for the marathon tournament.

England are already without batsman Eoin Morgan - although he could technically still play in the World Cup as an injury replacement should he recover from his broken finger - and Broad is likely to be rusty having not featured since early December.

"It is pretty tight, but I want to play as much international cricket as I can," said the 25-year-old Bresnan. "The coaches and medical staff are definitely concerned. But it's up to the boards to decide.

"The (one-day) series in Australia was probably a blip in the cricket we've played over the last two years.

"We've got everyone fit now and the guys have recharged their batteries back at home for four days, so we're feeling good.

"This is the World Cup. If you can't get up for the World Cup, then you probably can't get up for anything."

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Monday's Cricket World Cup gossip
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England World Cup team guide
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Ireland lose to Kenya in warm-up
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Injured Morgan replaced by Bopara
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Cricket World Cup 2011
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Cricket World Cup 2011 squads
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Cricket World Cup warm-up matches
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