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Last Updated: Friday, 29 February 2008, 07:41 GMT
Tremlett out of New Zealand tour
Tour match, Dunedin, day 2 (close)
New Zealand XI 271 v England 131 & 155-3
Chris Tremlett
Tremlett will fly home for treatment and take no further part in the tour

England will be without paceman Chris Tremlett for the three-Test series against New Zealand after he suffered a side strain against a Kiwi select XI.

Tremlett will return home for treatment and take no further part in the tour.

He was hurt as England built a 15-run lead on day two of their warm-up match, closing on 155-3 in their second innings with Andrew Strauss 55 not out.

Steve Harmison looks set to play in next week's first Test after taking 5-100 in a spirited England fightback.

Durham fast bowler Harmison and Middlesex left-hander Strauss weighed in with telling contributions after struggling on day one of the three-day match.

I am the sort of bowler that does take time to being used to being in a different country and I feel I've acclimatised better than I thought I would which is a bonus

Steve Harmison, England fast bowler

Harmison was called into the attack after Tremlett, who had been his rival for a Test place, left the field after only five overs complaining of pain in his left side, which was scanned last weekend.

Already deprived of Paul Collingwood, who was sidelined as a precaution against a right hamstring strain, England needed a boost and Harmison provided it in his fourth over of the day.

He was initially wayward and sent several deliveries down the leg-side but struck with just such a ball when Grant Elliott edged one behind to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.

Mark Orchard followed with the next delivery when he was bowled by Harmison but Bevan Griggs survived the hat-trick ball.

Mathew Sinclair, who made 47, pushed Monty Panesar to Strauss at first slip three overs later before Harmison completed his five-wicket haul with both Griggs and Jeetan Patel edging behind attempting expansive drives outside off-stump.

Andrew Strauss
Strauss's knock came at the perfect time ahead of the first Test

"It's got marginally better the more and more I've bowled," said Harmison, who arrived in New Zealand later than the other Test specialists because of the birth of his fourth child.

"At this moment in time I'm still trying to find my feet and find the right length on these wickets because I've only been in the country eight days.

"I wouldn't have swapped coming here late for the world but I am the sort of bowler that does take time to being used to being in a different country and I feel I've acclimatised better than I thought I would which is a bonus."

Panesar had Mark Gillespie caught at long on to leave England with a 140-run deficit and eight overs to negotiate until the tea interval.

But the tourists failed to survive that period unscathed as captain Michael Vaughan edged behind for 13.

David O, BBC Sport

Having suffered a second ball duck in the first innings, Vaughan is desperately short of match practice before the start of the first Test in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Alastair Cook followed two overs later when he mis-timed an attempted pull off Gillespie and looped to deep square leg.

Strauss made just five in the first innings and looked nervous early on but soon settled to put on a 90-run stand with Pietersen.

Hampshire batsman Pietersen fell in identical circumstances to his dismissal in the first innings, an aggressive drive off seamer Orchard which he edged behind after scoring his second half-century of the match.

But Strauss' 146 minutes at the crease would have pleased England most as they attempt to give as many players as possible match practice.

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