New target for Tremlett
Chris Tremlett is relishing the prospect of taking the new ball for England at Lord’s - even if he does not think his place in the side is secure.
James Anderson’s side strain allowed Tremlett to open the bowling in the second innings at Cardiff, and his new-ball spell paved the way for an implausible victory in the opening npower Test as Sri Lanka were shot out for just 82.
He claimed the first three wickets en route to figures of 4-40, enhancing his reputation after he served notice of his growing threat during the triumphant Ashes campaign with 17 wickets in the final three Tests.
With Anderson absent for the second Test at Lord’s starting on Friday, Tremlett will assume the role of strike bowler once more, a prospect that far from fazes him.
“I’m excited to get the new ball at Lord’s and hopefully do the same sort of thing I did in Cardiff,” he told ecb.co.uk.
“I’ve done it a couple of times with England. I’m able to play both roles, whether it be with the new ball or first change.”
Despite producing a match-turning spell on a pitch that had shown few signs of life for the previous four days, Tremlett insists there is some way to go before he considers himself an England regular.
“I’m desperate to cement a place in the England side; I don’t feel I’ve done that yet,” he added. “But if I keep putting performances like I did in Australia...
“It was a great start, what I did the other day. It’s just a matter of being consistent and keep taking wickets.”
Tremlett’s attitude is mirrored by his team-mates, who, he says, are keen to build on their last-gasp heroics as the international summer gathers pace.
“We’re moving on; we’re concentrating on this game,” he stressed. “We’ve got a job to do and try and go 2-0 up.”