Tremlett prepares to bowl
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Chris Tremlett reckons he can break the 85mph barrier in 2002 - and make his full England debut.
Paceman Tremlett returns to Australia on January 12 with Hampshire teammate Derek Kenway and the rest of the Rod Marsh-led England Academy after a four-week break over the festive period.
And he believes that nine more weeks Down Under will help crank his speed up further - and win him a place in England's one-day side this summer.
Tremlett, who models himself on Glenn McGrath, said: "Playing one-day international cricket for England this year is a realistic goal for me.
"England haven't done too well in one-day cricket this year and I played plenty of limited overs games with Hampshire last season.
"It might be a bit early to think about going straight into the Test team, so I'll be concentrating on staying in the Hampshire team. But one-day cricket is my goal."
Southampton-born Tremlett roomed with Northants spinner Graeme Swann and was given tips by Surrey ace Alex Tudor during the academy's first two months in Adelaide.
And he is confident that Hampshire fans will see a more formidable Chris Tremlett at the Rose Bowl this summer. Tremlett, who stands at 6ft 7in, has taken 26 wickets at 18.92 in his first two seasons of first-class cricket.
He added: "I'm aiming to break the 85mph mark this year. I was bowling around 81mph last season but my fitness really improved in Australia.
"I haven't been clocked yet but I reckon 85mph is definitely do-able this season.
"After doing a lot of fitness work in Australia, I'm a lot more powerful in the upper body and I feel like I'm bowling quicker. I'm coming over a lot higher and am attacking the crease a lot more than I used to.
"Alex (Tudor) is a couple of inches shorter than me but we're similar sorts of bowler so he's given me some useful tips on my action.
"He got five wickets against Australia last season and Graeme Swann toured South Africa with the Test squad a couple of years ago.
"I want that experience as well but I need to be a bit quicker if I'm going to reach the top level.
"It's not all about pace but you need to be looking at consistent speeds in the mid 80's to play international cricket."
Dad Tim, Hampshire's director of cricket, said: "I've seen Chris's new action in the nets and it looks good.
"He's using his height more and is much stronger as well