Pacer Chris Tremlett has been named in England’s World Cup squad as a travelling reserve to provide cover for possible injuries to their bowlers.
The right-arm seamer, who has recently recovered from his side strain, will only come in the England squad if there is any more injury to a bowler.
“Whilst the injured bowlers in the 15-man squad are all progressing well, the selectors have decided it would be prudent to have an additional player on hand who is acclimatised in case we need to apply to the Event Technical Committee for a replacement due to injury,” said national selector Geoff Miller.
Tremlett claimed 17 wickets at an average of 23.35 during the Ashes in Australia and then took another six wickets in four ODIs.
England suffered a number of injury blows during their seven-match ODI series against Australia.
While Yorkshire bowlers Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad became the first casualties during the ODI series in Australia, spinner Graeme Swann is also suffering from a back problem.
Even batsman Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the tournament with a broken finger.
However, coach Andy Flower did not seem to be too worried and insisted that there was no injury crisis.
“We’ve got good news on most of our other players. The guys that came back early are progressing well,” Flower said.