The Investec Ashes 2013 July 16, 2013

Tremlett trains with England


If Steven Finn required any reminder that his place in the England side was in jeopardy, he received it with the sight of Chris Tremlett joining the England squad for training at Lord's on Tuesday.

While Tremlett has not been called into the England squad, his appearance did underline his continuing interest to the selectors and was another step towards a potential return. Tremlett last played for England in the UAE in January 2012 but was forced home from that tour through injury. Since then he has twice undergone surgery and, after a modest start to the season with Surrey, has just started to bowl at something approaching his best form.

Finn endured a chastening final day of the Trent Bridge Test. Trusted to bowl only 10 overs in Australia's second innings - that is three fewer than James Anderson bowled in one spell on the final day - Finn was hit out of the attack in two overs on Sunday and missed a tricky, but potentially crucial, chance in the field.

Monty Panesar, the Sussex left-arm spinner, and Ben Stokes, the Durham allrounder, also trained with the England squad on Tuesday, with Tremlett bowling Jonathan Trott in the nets. The nephew of Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock, Kamau, who is currently playing with Horsham, was also involved.

It might be wrong to read too much into the appearance of any of the three players. None of them are currently required by their county sides while others jostling for England places, the likes of Warwickshire's Boyd Rankin and Kent's James Tredwell, are currently involved in games. It was also an optional net, with only Finn, of the England bowlers utilised at Trent Bridge, opting to bowl.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Trevor on July 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I'd love Tremlett to be given a go, but England will stick with Bresnan who had a great game at Lords.

    Can't we lend Tremlett to Australia to even things up a bit?

  • Shanmugam on July 17, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Anyway, my previous rants aside, England will continue to select 3 fast bowlers + Swann for the remaining 4 tests. I back Finn to play at Lord's. While he was clearly out of sorts after picking up the 2 first innings wickets, Lord's is his home ground and he has a good record there. It was understandable that Cook removed him from the attack on the 5th day at TB after just 2 overs and he only bowled a total of 10 overs in the 2nd innings but at Lord's, Cook should throw him the new ball and put some trust on him. He is likely to bowl more 4 balls than Bresnan but once he settles into a rhythm, he will be one of our biggest assets. Let him find that rhythm in his home ground. One more chance and if he doesn't get it, he is out.

  • Shanmugam on July 17, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @landl47, Considering that we have 9 more tests to go against the Aussies in 6 months, it is imperative that our bowlers, especially Anderson and Swann, stay fresh. If they are going to bowl the same # of overs that they did in the first test in the next test or two, then there is a high probability that both of them might be unavailable for the rest of the tests against Aus. Forget Swann, without Anderson, I don't see us taking 20 wickets, even Aussie wickets (sorry Aussie fans, cannot resist:-)). I am sure you will agree that both of them were overbowled in TB. Cook had no other choice, there was no way Eng. was going to win if he continued to bowl Finn and Broad. We have to agree that except Jimmy, the others are not consistent. So, we need to play more bowlers.

    I agree with weakening the batting part if we play an addtl bowler but our top 6 batsmen are good enough to post a score that our 5 bowlers can defend, don't you think?

  • John on July 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @couchpundit on (July 17, 2013, 1:35 GMT), the whole "not changing a winning combination" thing is purely based on superstition. You should always choose the team that gives you the best chance of winning the game in front of you whether or not that team won you the last game. For instance, Ed Cowan's spot has been in danger for some time. If he fails again in the second Test but Australia win, does that really mean that he should keep that spot for game 3?

  • Alex on July 17, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    "The nephew of Bermuda's Dwayne Leverock, Kamau, who is currently playing with Horsham, was also involved." SWEET!

  • Geoffrey on July 17, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Australia better hope that Tremlett doesn't play. I don't know how they would handle 3 England bowlers palpably superior to anything they have in the shed.

  • Rod on July 17, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    6-1-4 is gradually killing Anderson and Swann. I agree that only Bresnan is close to being a genuine all-rounder if we stay with the classic "batting average is higher than the bowling average" definition. But the West Indians I saw at the Oval in 1984 didn't have an all-rounder (Sobers had retired). They played 5-1-5 ... Grenidge, Haynes, Gomes, Richards and LLoyd as the batsmen, Jeff Dujon (wicketkeeper) at six and Baptiste, Marshall, Harper, Holding and Garner as the bowlers. England had Ian Botham at six, if memory serves. Baptiste, Marshall and Harper could bat a bit but were bowlers first and foremost. The West Indies were bowled out cheaply in the first innings but still won comfortably courtesy of a patient 125 from Desmond Haynes. The point is that it was an attacking selection and that the bowlers who didn't do so well in England's first innings (Garner and Holding) came back and took nine wickets in the second. 6-1-4 stops England blooding a new bowler the way Australia did.

  • Jay on July 17, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    I like Tremlett. A hard working bowler with a no-nonsense attitude. I saw him in the previous Ashes. He was good. Hopefully, he gets a look-in some time during this series.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @couchpundit - why wouldn't you consider changing a winning combination if there is room for improvement ? Cook didn't bowl Finn because he was bowling poorly. How does "spirit of cricket" come into it ?

  • John on July 17, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @SamWintson92 on (July 16, 2013, 21:42 GMT), Bresnan's stats are only that bad because he was unfit to bowl for so long due to his elbow. It's the selectors fault for sticking with him when he was clearly below par. If his latest operation has corrected the problem then he is likely to be far more effective; perhaps not as much as he was early on but certainly more than he was more recently. Finn is probably more likely to make a match-winning contribution than Bresnan but a fit Bresnan is also less likely to produce a match-losing performance like the one that Finn nearly managed at Trent Bridge. Frankly, they've both got something to prove. Finn seems to have residual issues related to his run up to sort out and Bresnan needs to be back to performing like he was before his first elbow surgery.