Alastair Cook sat out of England’s Ashes 2013-14 tour opener due to a stiff back © Getty Images
Perth: Nov 1, 2013
Captain Alastair Cook has overcome back trouble and is on track to return for England‘s next tour game against Australia A, paceman Chris Tremlett said.
Cook was forced to miss the current three-day match against the Western Australia Chairman’s XI after arriving in Perth with a stiff back following the long flight from London.
But Tremlett believes his captain will be ready to play in the four-day game against Australia A, starting in Hobart on November 6.
“By all accounts he’s feeling a lot better,” Tremlett said on Thursday. “I think he had a bit of a stiff back over the last couple of days.
“But he’s been in the nets and in the gym, and he’s been in good spirits in the dressing room.”
Fast bowler Stuart Broad, star batsman Kevin Pietersen and spinner Graeme Swann were also rested from the current game, but all three are expected to feature in Hobart.
During England’s 3-1 Ashes series win on their last tour of Australia in 2010-11, Cook scored a colossal 766 runs at an average of 127.66 with three hundreds and a best of 235 not out.
Australia, who have lost the past three Ashes series, are fighting to reverse a 3-0 defeat in England earlier this year.
The first Test starts in Brisbane at The Gabba on November 21.
West Indies tour of New Zealand 2013-14
Dec 11, 2013 (03:00 IST) at Wellington
The Ashes 2013-14
Dec 13, 2013 (08:00 IST) at Perth
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in UAE, 2013-14
Dec 13, 2013 (21:30 IST) at Dubai
India in South Africa 2013, Practice match
Dec 13, 2013 (13:30 IST) at Benoni
Dec 18, 2013 (16:30 IST) at Sharjah
India in South Africa 2013
Dec 11, 2013 at Centurion
Dec 11, 2013 at Dubai
Pakistan won by 3 wkts
Dec 8, 2013 at Durban
South Africa won by 134 runs
Pakistan vs Afghanistan in UAE, 2013
Dec 8, 2013 at Sharjah
Pakistan won by 6 wkts
Dec 5, 2013 at Johannesburg
South Africa won by 141 runs
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