County news August 21, 2015

Injury forces Tremlett retirement

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At his best, Chris Tremlett was an imposing figure as a fast bowler © AFP

Chris Tremlett, the former England pace bowler who was a key part of the 2010-11 Ashes victory in Australia, has announced his retirement after conceding that his body cannot stand the rigours of professional cricket any longer.

Injuries have been a regular theme of Tremlett's 16-year career - he made his debut for Hampshire in 2000 before moving to Surrey in 2010 - and the latest problems with his back limited him to three Championship matches this season. His last first-class appearance came against Glamorgan at Guildford since when he has taken specialist advice which led to the decision to call time on his career.

"Unfortunately injury has hampered me throughout my career and now plays the leading role in my decision to retire," he said. "My body, and back in particular, can no longer withstand the vigour of performing at the level required to play professional cricket and after taking specialist advice this latest injury means that I will not be able to carry on.

"I have always tried to give 100% commitment and effort whenever I have played but no longer feel that this is possible. Surrey now have an exciting generation of cricketers breaking through and I wish the club every success in the future."

Tremlett played 12 Tests, 15 ODIs and one T20 for England. He made his Test debut against India, at Lord's, in 2007 and bowled impressively in his first series but, through a combination of injury and a lack of consistency when he was on the park, he did not play another Test until the tour of Australia in 2010-11.

His recall in Perth marked the beginning of his most successful spell as an international bowler as he collected 17 wickets in three matches to help England win down under for the first time in 24 years. He followed that success with 15 wickets in three Tests against Sri Lanka, but would only play three more Tests over the subsequent three years - one apiece against India, Sri Lanka and his final appearance against Australia, at Brisbane, in late 2013.

"I have been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed such a fantastic and memorable career and lucky enough to play with and against some of the best players in the world," he said. "Wearing the three lions was the pinnacle and I enjoyed every minute of the challenge, experience and ultimately the success that the team had whilst playing for England."

His ODI debut had come two years before his Test bow and he claimed four wickets in his first appearance against Bangladesh in 2005. However, another 14 matches spread over seven years brought just 11 further scalps.

Across a 146-match first-class career Tremlett claimed 459 wickets at 28.66 with a career-best of 8 for 96. He also took 180 List A wickets and 75 in T20.

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  • Edwin on August 22, 2015, 21:04 GMT

    He retires with a lower bowling average (27.00) than any other English bowler since his made his international debut.....

  • ian on August 22, 2015, 7:16 GMT

    I think anyone who follows county cricket could see this one coming. Match after match I've looked for Tremlett's name on the Surrey team sheet... This season it has been all but absent. It's always a shame when a player has to call time on his career, especially so when that player has always had to battle the limitations and vulnerability of his own physique before presenting himself as fit for selection. I am pleased for CT that he made his mark on cricket history, albeit ever so briefly. He reached the summit of the mountain in Australia in 2010-11 and that can never be taken away from him! There are many players who'd have given their right arm to say that. Good luck, Chris, And thank you for the imperishable memories. You were great!

  • Ray on August 22, 2015, 1:31 GMT

    If only....... He could have been the best bowler in the world if only his body coud have stood up to it. Thanks for the memories, Chris. Best of luck in your next venture(s).

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2015, 22:04 GMT

    Shame; I was always waiting for the big, booming Tremlet to make a return to the England team. The type of bowler who could make batsment nervous through the television screen.

  • David on August 21, 2015, 16:14 GMT

    Stuart Broad should have donated half his England earnings to Tremmers

  • Patrick on August 21, 2015, 14:34 GMT

    Good luck Tremors in whatever you do next. Injuries prevented him from showing his best more often but he was a key member of the team that finally won down under and for that he will always be remembered fondly by England fans.

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