May 31, 2011

Sri Lanka in England, 2011

The new, improved Tremlett

Akhila Ranganna

Chris Tremlett picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka's second innings in Cardiff and his role in England's extraordinary victory showed that he has has lost his John Cleese-esque gawkiness and has got the balance right, writes Vic Marks in the Guardian.

The shoulders are so much broader. His biceps stretch the short sleeves of his shirt. Too much gym work can damage a pace bowler; it can take away the suppleness and the whip of the action. But Tremlett, we must conclude, has the balance right. He does not have to say anything out in the middle to impose himself on the batsmen. His physical presence does that for him.


Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo

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