Confident Tremlett ready to shine
Chris Tremlett has insisted he is a better bowler now than when he last played for England after he was recalled to the Test squad for this winter’s tour to Australia.
Tremlett was rewarded for an impressive first season at Surrey when he was today named in a 16-man party charged with retaining the Ashes Down Under.
The giant pace bowler won the last of his three Test caps against India in 2007 but is confident he can make a big impact on his return to the international arena.
Tremlett told ecb.co.uk/video: "My confidence is as high as it’s ever been and I feel I’m a much better bowler than I was a couple of years ago, even when I did play for England.
"Mentally I’ve got tougher with experience. I’ve learned a lot over the years.
"I’m also in form and hopefully I can take that form over to Australia and go from there."
"I’m bowling pretty sharply at the moment. My action feels strong and I’m definitely more consistent as a bowler. I’ve got a lot to offer."
Tremlett is excited by the prospect of claiming victory in Australia, having been 12th man for much of the series when England regained the Ashes on home soil in 2005 under Michael Vaughan.
The former Hampshire man also expects the conditions to suit his style of bowling and is keen to take advantage.
He added: "I was involved in 2005 and it was great to be around that, but to go over to Australia and try and beat them on their own patch - as tours go, this is the trip you want to be on.
"I’ve played a bit of club cricket in Australia and a couple of one-day internationals out there and generally the wickets are more suited to the taller guys.
"I know what to expect and I think the wickets will suit me."