Tremlett pleased to make his mark

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Chris Tremlett & Steven Smith

Chris Tremlett picks up his third wicket shortly after lunch on day one as Steven Smith edges to Andrew Strauss at first slip

Chris Tremlett was delighted to make an impact on his return to the side as he spearheaded another impressive England bowling performance on day one of the third Ashes Test at the WACA.

The 6ft 7in paceman, playing his first Test in three years in place of the injured Stuart Broad, claimed the wickets of Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke and Steven Smith as Australia slumped to 69 for five having been invited to bat first.

Half-centuries from Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson helped the hosts to a total of 268, but it is England who are in the box seat after they survived an awkward 12-over spell to reach stumps on 29 without loss.

Tremlett finished the day with figures of 3-63 and said: “I’ve waited a couple of years to get another chance, so it’s great to have the opportunity to come back and make a contribution.

“I got told I was playing yesterday afternoon at nets, so it was a pretty nervous night’s sleep. But I woke up this morning full of confidence and went out there and just tried to enjoy it. It’s been a great day.

“We went out there with our plans and didn’t try to force wickets.

“I think we made the most of it nipping around early on and then toiled away pretty well and we’re happy to have bowled them out for what we did.”

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes departs in Tremlett's first over. "Obviously that gets your confidence right up there," said the Surrey seamer

Tremlett got the nod over Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad because of his extra height and bounce and the former Hampshire man acknowledged conditions at the WACA had suited him.

“Perth is renowned for it’s bounce and the wicket did help me a bit and seemed to suit my attributes,” he said.

“I got the first over out of the way and after taking my first wicket I was fine. Obviously that gets your confidence right up there.

“This was definitely a big step in my career, to hit my straps straightaway and contribute to such an important game.

“People can say I’m a gentle giant if they want. But when I get the ball in my hand I try my hardest, and try to be aggressive.

“It comes from within. If you want something bad enough you work out how to do it.

On a day on which James Anderson suffered from cramp and Steven Finn a tight calf, Tremlett also demonstrated impressive fitness as he worked his way through 23 overs.

“I am feeling good,” he added. “I haven’t bowled 23 overs in a day for a while but I am feeling fresh and ready to go again in a couple of days.

“I feel fitter and stronger than ever at the moment and I’m very happy with my action - and just a lot more consistent than I used to be.”

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