Collapse detracts from Tremlett gains
Chris Tremlett expressed his delight at claiming a maiden five-wicket haul for England in the third Ashes Test at the WACA, but admitted it was tempered by Australia’s increasing dominance.
Tremlett returned figures of 5-87 as the hosts were dismissed for 309 on day three, despite Miek Hussey's wonderful hundred and 95 from Shane Watson.
England were unable to capitalise on the Surrey paceman’s efforts, however, and duly slipped to 81 for five in their pursuit of 391.
Australia now appear certain to record a series-levelling victory when play resumes on day four, leaving Tremlett, who also collected three wickets in the first innings, with mixed emotions.
“On a personal level I’m delighted to get five wickets, but it’s about winning a team game so it takes a bit of the shine off,” he said.
“It’s pretty obvious the guys are disappointed to get out because they’ve put in some pretty impressive performances in the other games.”
The 29-year-old nonetheless allowed himself a moment of celebration at his successful return to Test cricket, after more than three years out of the reckoning.
“It’s one of the greatest days of my life, getting five wickets,” he said.
“It’s been a long time - even in first-class cricket. I had seven or eight ’four-fors’ for Surrey last season.”
Tremlett was one of five English bowlers unable to shift Hussey, though, until the final ball of Australia’s innings - after the prolific left-hander had pulled, and also driven through the off side, expertly to take his series tally to 517 runs.
Tremlett had profited in the first innings from bowling what appeared an ideal length. But under orders, there were a lot more short balls second time round - with mixed results.
“At times we went with that tactic. We set the field accordingly, and the plans at times didn’t work,” Tremlett conceded. “But when we come up with a plan we try to stick to it.
“I was given a plan with Straussy (England skipper Andrew Strauss). We discussed it; we went with it. When you go with a plan, you go with it 100%.
“We went with that plan to (Steven) Smith and we got him out; we tried it with Hussey, and it didn’t work with him so well.”