Tremlett out to make one-day case
Chris Tremlett is determined to make the most of the last three games of the Commonwealth Bank Series to put himself in the frame for future selection in England’s one-day side.
The tourists still have everything to play for at Brisbane on Sunday, requiring victory in the remaining three contests to win the seven-match rubber.
Tremlett took 17 wickets in the three Ashes Tests he played but is yet to find that form in the one-dayers, although he returned impressive figures of 3-22 in the second game at Hobart.
Having missed out on England’s 15-man World Cup squad, the tall fast bowler wants to make a case for inclusion during the summer or even as a potential injury replacement for next month’s showpiece.
“It’s been great to be part of the team for the last couple of months but unfortunately for me I haven’t been picked," he said.
"I’ve still got things to work on, hopefully I can still do that in this series and prove that I can still be part of this one-day team.
“You never know, there might be injuries along the way. So I’ll be going home and I’ll still be working hard and keeping my shape and, if there’s an injury that comes along, then hopefully I’m someone that can come into the squad.
“We’ve still got three games to play here and hopefully I’ll be part of that, but when I go home I’ll probably have a little bit of a break from bowling and keep myself in shape but still work on my skills.
“I know there is a chance that I might be flown over to India if there are some injuries. So it’s just having a break but keeping my shape and being ready to come over to India if there is a chance.”
While Tremlett is aware of the possibilities that lie beyond the current series, his immediate thoughts are on the fifth ODI at the Gabba.
It will be the first time international cricket has been played in Queensland since floods decimated parts of the state, including areas of its capital.
The 29-year-old has been following events during the tour and anticipates a poignant occasion at Sunday’s game, which will be a fund-raiser for the victims.
“Our hearts have gone out, seeing the scenes on TV, it’s been pretty shocking to be honest,” he added.
“The England team have been fully behind it as well, personally we’ve made some donations towards the floods and I imagine it will be a very emotional time for a lot of people on Sunday.
“It’s great that they’ve been able to get cricket to this game. We’re all glad to be a part of that really.”
Even if he does not go to the World Cup, Tremlett is delighted to be back in England’s one-day fold, having been absent for two-and-a-half years prior to this series.
“It’s been a while since I’ve played one-day cricket for England so, again, coming into a different side of players and adjusting to how we play things here,” he said.
“I seem to have fitted in well and have enjoyed playing even though we haven’t had a few results go our way.
“It’s been nice to come in and contribute in some way and I feel I’m getting into the role of opening the bowling and improving each game so it’s just great to be part of.”
Tremlett was involved in the Commonwealth Bank Series four years ago when England came back from the brink to see off Australia and New Zealand.
Having lost five of their first six matches in the triangular tournament, Andrew Flintoff’s side won four in a row to salvage something from a previously harrowing Ashes tour.
Although the tourists have achieved the major objective on this trip, Tremlett believes they can repeat the 2006-07 one-day feat.
“If you go 3-0 down and you come back and win four in a row then that’s pretty awesome,” he added. “That’s what we’re aiming to do. It would be pretty special if we could do that.
“We’ll take one game at a time and we’ll try to play like we did the other day. We’ve always believed we are a good side and that we can contest against Australia; we showed that in the Ashes.
“If we can play like we did the other day and keep being solid in our batting there is no reason why we can’t do it."