England coach Andy Flower is refusing to confirm rumours that he is going to replace injured bowler Stuart Broad with Chris Tremlett.

According to rumour, Surrey paceman Tremlett will replace Broad ahead of Yorkshire pair Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad for the third Test.

But Flower is refusing to confirm the rumours that he has plumped for Tremlett.

He told the BBC: “You can’t put words in my mouth. It’s pretty clear in our minds.”

He added: “We’ve got two days prep, and we’ll tell our squad what the XI is the day before the game.”

Broad is out of the rest of the series with an abdominal injury and ball partner James Anderson is tired from two long flights after returning to England briefly for the birth of his second child.

Flower said: “It’s not ideal prep for James or for us, but we’ll get the right amount of rest and training into him over the next few days.” “In competition you can’t always get perfect preparation – there are all sorts of things that can go wrong or could distract you. But this is just a little bit of reality that he has to deal with.

“It’s quite a tricky decision to make – setting dates when players and families come. They are adults and want to be free to decide which countries they travel to and the timings of those trips. For other people to make those decisions, as in us the management, I would imagine is a little galling.

“But if everyone reacts to the different dynamic it should be fine. The players have reacted very well to it. And look – we’re here to win a Test series, we’re not here for a family holiday.”