Tremlett savours moment of triumph
Chris Tremlett admitted he could never have predicted he would take the final wicket of England's triumphant Ashes tour Down Under.
Tremlett played a significant role after Stuart Broad was ruled out through injury, claiming 17 wickets at an average of 23 in three Tests.
“It's unbelievable,” he said. “It's great to get an opportunity and be here. It's an amazing feeling and I couldn't imagine this would happen.
“We gave ourselves a chance to finish it yesterday, but unfortunately we couldn’t quite do it, so we turned up today and bowled in the right areas.
“I tried to bowl straight. Luckily he [Beer] dragged on and to take the last wicket is brilliant.”
England’s attack performed admirably as a collective unit throughout the series and have been boosted by the news that fast bowling coach David Saker is to remain in his position for a further three years.
Tremlett added: “It’s great to have him on board for another three years. He’s worked hard with us and been great with the plans for each ground and each wicket we’ve come across.”
James Anderson finished the series as the leading wicket-taker with 24 at 26.04 apiece, but was keen to deflect credit to his fellow bowlers.
“It's a great day and it's been a great tour. It's an amazing feeling for us,” said the Lancashire seamer.
“I've been delighted with my form on this trip. I enjoy my role leading the attack but my job has been made easier by the guys at the other end.
“Tremlett has been amazing; so has [Graeme] Swann and [Tim] Bresnan, not forgetting Broad and [Steven] Finn. Also, our catching has been better than in any series I can remember.”
Paul Collingwood, whose Test career is now over after he announced his retirement yesterday, revealed it was the best day of his cricketing life.
“Definitely - the absolute number one,” he said. "I can't think of a better way to bow out of Test cricket. There are some great guys in that dressing room and this feels very special.
“I've got great memories and this is a very special day. When you're enjoying cricket with a lot of great lads you are going to miss it. But you've got to move on and this team will go on to bigger and better things.
“I’m still a part of the one-day side and will still enjoy the team camaraderie and that kind of stuff, but the reason I played cricket was to play Test cricket and to bow out in front of so many English fans, having won the Ashes in Australia - it couldn't get any better.”
Collingwood led England on to the field this morning following his decision to call it a day in the longest form of the game.
“Andrew [Strauss] gave me that honour and it was a really nice touch,” he added.
“You can sometimes get emotional over these kind of things but I’ve really enjoyed my day so far and I’m certainly going to enjoy later on as well.”