England fast bowler Chris Tremlett has revealed he is "hopeful" of replacing the injured Tim Bresnan in England's line-up for the fifth and final Ashes Test, which begins at the Oval on Wednesday.
The Surrey fast bowler made his last appearance in the Test squad 19 months ago in the series against Pakistan, during which he played in the first Test before suffering an injury that ruled him for the rest of the series.
With Tim Bresnan now sidelined for the remainder of the season, Tremlett is desperate to earn a recall in the England squad for the this summer's final Ashes Test.
Talking to Sky Sports, the 31-year-old revealed he's confident of his chances of being selected: "I'm very hopeful, it's been a long time coming. It's been great to have been back involved in the last two Test squads
"Having injuries over the last two years I'm dying to get another opportunity at some point.
"It was great to be involved in the Ashes in Australia, and great to be involved here and being around the guys here.
"Unfortunately for Tim Bresnan he's got injured and there's an available spot there. Hopefully it's myself that can get that opportunity."
Tremlett, who would be playing in front of his home crowd at the Oval if selected, enjoyed an outstanding Ashes series in Australia in 2010-11, taking 5/87 in the second innings of the third Test in Perth, before claiming four wickets for only 26 runs in a devastating 11.5 overs spell in the first innings of the fourth Test at Melbourne's MCG.
With Ashes hostilities set to resume in November, England will be hoping the Surrey fast bowler can remain fit throughout the next couple of months and be part of the squad that will travel Down Under to defend the Ashes for a fourth successive series.
"I've had a long time out with injury and it's taken time to get my rhythm back and get back into shape. At the start of the season it was tough getting my rhythm back and getting overs into my legs.
"In the last three or four county games I've been somewhere near my best. The game at Yorkshire, I only took a couple of wickets but I felt back to my best rhythm.
"With my injuries I don't look too far ahead. I'd love to be involved in Australia but at the moment I'm concentrating on today's training, tomorrow's training and then the Test.
"What I can do depends on conditions and where they want to go but like Isaid, whenever I get into a nets session I always try my hardest to impress.
"There's 14 guys in the squad here to pick from and obviously I'm hopeful I'mgoing to be the guy playing in Tim Bresnan's spot but I've got tough opposition," said the Surrey fast bowler.
The 31-year-old, however, is likely to be included in the team ahead of Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan, as England seek to replace the injured Tim Bresnan, who took 10 wickets at 29.60 in the three Tests he played in the series.
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