Tremlett sure he can hit the heights
Chris Tremlett is confident he can emulate the success enjoyed by the likes of Glenn McGrath and Stuart Clark in Ashes series Down Under.
Former Australia seamer McGrath took advantage of his height to break the 20-wicket barrier in the two home Ashes rubbers he played all five Tests in. He also claimed 19 wickets from four matches in 2002/03.
Another towering paceman Clark, part of the same attack as McGrath in 2006/07, was the leading wicket-taker in that series.
Tremlett, who is taller than both, was named in England’s Ashes squad despite not having played a Test for more than three years.
However, the 29-year-old knows from playing in the 2006/07 Commonwealth Bank series how he can benefit from Australia’s hard wickets.
“I’ve had a little bit of experience of Australian wickets,” he told ecb.co.uk/video. “I think they’re suited to me. They do bounce a bit more.
“Bowlers such as Glenn McGrath and Stuart Clark have shown that they’re the type of bowlers who do well in Australia.
“Certainly I think I’ve got a lot to offer along with Steven Finn and Stuart Broad. We’re going over there with a pretty decent attack.”
With fellow lofty pacemen in Finn and Broad apparently ahead of him in the pecking order, Tremlett will have his work cut out to break into the Test team.
He is optimistic about his chances though.
“Hopefully an opportunity will come at some point whether it be in the practice games or straight into a Test match, who knows?,” he pondered.
“Every opportunity I get I’ll try to grab that with both hands and push for a Test place and go from there.”
Whatever the tour holds for Tremlett, he has no doubt he deserves to be part of it having taken 48 wickets in 12 LV= County Championship matches since moving from Hampshire to Surrey last winter.
He has also managed to put a string of injuries behind him this year, which previously limited his international chances.
“Consistently I’ve been a better bowler,” he enthused. “I’ve stayed fitter this year, stronger, and I think that’s shown on the pitch really and that’s why I’ve got the call.
“And hopefully I can back that up - what I’ve done for Surrey - in Australia: stay fit; stay strong; run in hard; bowl fast; use my bounce on those wickets and hopefully prove that I am the right selection.”