Western Australia Chairman's XI v England XI, Perth, 1st day

Tremlett unconcerned with 'rusty' England

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 31, 2013

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Chris Tremlett took the new ball, Western Australia Chairman's XI v England XI, 1st day, Perth, October 31, 2103
Chris Tremlett was given the new ball but made no impression © Getty Images

Chris Tremlett, one of three England fast bowlers fighting for a place in the first Ashes Test, shrugged off England's struggles on the opening day of the tour.

England failed to find control with the ball on day one of the first warm-up match in Perth, conceding over four runs an over as none of the contenders for the third-seamer spot in Brisbane made a favourable impression.

Tremlett, who was given the new ball but took 0 for 71 in 17 overs, blamed rustiness for England's poor performance and insisted they are feeling their way into the tour.

"I don't think we're concerned today," Tremlett said. "It's the first day, it's been a massive jump in workload for all of us. The most we'd bowled in a day was about four or five overs in the past week or so. We knew it was going to be tough - the wicket was a good wicket, and it's hot.

"The pitch wasn't quite what we expected from what it was last time. But we were pretty inconsistent and I think we were all a little bit rusty, and we probably struggled with our length more than anything. We were a little bit too short and a bit too full at times."

This opening warm-up has been billed as a shoot-out between England's three tall fast bowlers, with Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin vying for a Test spot with Tremlett. But it was Tremlett who was given the opportunity with the new ball.

"It was nice to get that opportunity - I always enjoy bowling with Jimmy. I think we kind of complement each other," Tremlett said. "Whichever role I'm given in the side, I'll take it, whether it's the new ball or a slighter older ball.

"In the back of our minds, obviously we all want to play and have that spot at Brisbane, but today it was about bowling as a unit and trying to do the right thing for the team. Unfortunately today we weren't quite good enough bowling together.

"But If you're bowling badly a few days before the Test match, that's when you're going to be panicking a little bit. I think we can all take some good things out of today. We all had some good spells at times, but the overall picture we were a bit off the radar as a whole."

The best news of the day for England came off the field as captain Alastair Cook returned to light training. Cook was ruled out of the Perth warm-up with a sore back.

"By all accounts he's feeling a lot better today," Tremlett said. "I think he had a bit of a stiff back over the last couple of days. But he has been in the nets and in the gym, and he has been in good spirits in the dressing room, so hopefully he's back out there in the next game."

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Posted by lummox on (November 2, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Yeh but which one, Osmond or Greaves ?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

There is only one bowler that i'd pick ahead of Tremlett and that's Jimmy

Posted by lummox on (November 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Early days !! Good response by England this morning but lets get one thing straight ! Tremlett rusty ? He's been rusty all year and had actually seized up by about August, Shouldnt have been anywhere near the squad let alone in Oz and WILL CONTRIBUTE NOTHING this winter. Watch & see !!

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (November 1, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

gsingh7 - getting a bit overexcited aren't we! Another 5 overs and you will be predicting Australia is the best team the world has ever seen (again)!

Posted by PENlS on (November 1, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Of course Tremlett is unconcerned and casually dismisses the English performance as 'rusty'.

It's not as if all these tall English goofs are vying for the last fast bowling spot.

Posted by D-Train on (October 31, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

And to think England were worried about whether WA would be competitive or not. At this stage the WA second XI should be worried about whether England are going to be competitive enough for them

Posted by ElusoryDolphinArm on (October 31, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Wonder if Tremlett will do the decent thing and book his own flight back. @Beertjie he was chucking down 80mph pies in the twenty20 final this year. That was a final, and only a four over spell and he still couldn't muster any pace.

Having said this, the selectors will know better than any of us 'armchair professionals' and must have seen something with his performances. That no one else did. I hope he proves me wrong.

Posted by Beertjie on (October 31, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Tremlett may yet justify his inclusion but he needs to up his pace quite a bit. Wonder how Bresnan is doing. He'll be missed.

Posted by cricketcricket1987 on (October 31, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

That wasn't a great call missing swann out! I think I would probably go with Cook, Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Root, Priot, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Onions. 12th Stokes.

I think to leave Compton and Onions out the squad is basically saying that the England selectors do not rate the standard of domestic cricket and that they are not good enough. They have been quite easily the best players in domestic cricket over the past few season. What has Rankin and Tremlett done in the past 2 seasons to justify an ashes spot?? Absolutely nothing! Unless Cook and Bell scored 500 runs + each and Anderson Swann can share 50/60 wickets , we've no chance!

Posted by Pelham_Barton on (October 31, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

@milepost on (October 31, 2013, 15:25 GMT): Graham Onions is currently in South Africa playing for the Dolphins.

Posted by Westmorlandia on (October 31, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

@Arto Häkkinen - I think you're basically right, except I just wanted to say in defence of Hussain that it was under his captaincy that England turned the corner and started to emerge as a decent side again. We didn't do too well in 2002-3, but it was development while he was in charge that laid the foundations of 2005.

We were shockingly fragile under Atherton (and Stewart), I'd agree with that.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

@cricketcricket1987 - No Swann?, would be hard to win test matches relying on Joe Root's offspin....

Posted by gsingh7 on (October 31, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

tall fast english prospects were hit like club level bowlers by second string batsmen of worst state side of australia. and we are told by some fans that aus are having batting talent shortage. i guess its english bowling standards that are dwindling and outside of england all these world class bowlers seems like club class bowlers. rough times ahead for england in ashes. 5-0 win from aus cud be a possibility if aus wins first 2 tests by huge margins. their batsmen are in form vs india and will win ashes for sure.

Posted by milepost on (October 31, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

I thought Onions was at home in England? England have a very uninspiring bowling pack and I really do suspect they will be found out this tour as Australia are on the comeback trail.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

As an Aussie, I'm quite pleased that we managed to inflict a tiny psychological blow in having the better of the very 1st day of Eng's tour. Having said that, this match is just 1 of 3 before it really counts. If the same thing happens at the Gabba after Day 1, then maybe we can start to speculate on whether Eng are still going to win the series - remember, folks at present we have an astonishing ability to crumble and grab defeat from the jaws of victory (much like the Poms used to do during Atherton & Hussain's time!). Let's not get too carried away to early - I promise, regaining the Ashes will be all the sweeter for it!

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (October 31, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Good to see Chris Lynn continue his good form into the longer format. If he has a couple of consistent shield seasons he should be looked at for the test team. Great batsmen to watch. Mitch Marsh I wish would realize his potential. He could be anything if he put his mind to it. 35-40 with the bat and under 30 with the ball is possible.

Posted by Putney on (October 31, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Obviously everyone's team selection is a matter of personal opinion but (referring to "cricketcricket1987 - 12:47) have you completely forgotten about Swann or do you just have something against spin bowling?

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (October 31, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

"...If you're bowling badly a few days before the Test match, that's when you're going to be panicking a little bit" How about bowling poorly for a year before a Test match, like you Tremlett?

Posted by cricketcricket1987 on (October 31, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Neither of the tall 3 should play in my opinion - if I had it my way the team would be: Cook, Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Root, Stokes, Prior, Broad, Anderson, Onions.

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