Tremlett eyes Test recall

England’s tour match against Western Australia this week is more than a warm-up for the Ashes.
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With pace bowler Tim Bresnan unlikely to overcome a stress fracture in his back in time to play in Brisbane on November 21, it is an opportunity for contenders to make a final bid for a Test spot.

With James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad set to lead England’s attack, the battle appears to be between Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and the inexperienced Boyd Rankin.

A betting man would back the 201-centimetre Tremlett to snare that place for the first Test.

The tour match, starting Thursday, is being played at the WACA Ground where Tremlett took eight wickets during England’s 2010 Ashes winning series.

He took Michael Clarke’s wicket in both innings, beating him for pace and bounce. Clarke was caught behind by Matt Prior for four then bowled for 20.

It’s the wicket of the now Australian captain Tremlett has his sights set on again.

”Yeah, it’s always important that you target the captain in any side and obviously he’s been their form player in the last few years,” Tremlett said after his first bowling session in the WACA nets.

Tremlett demolished Australia’s top order in Perth in 2010, with each of his eight wickets being recognised batsmen.

He then took 4-26 in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test as Australia was dismissed for just 98 runs. England won the MCG game by an innings and 157 runs inside four days.

But injury has taken its toll on Tremlett. He has played only five Tests since and didn’t play against Australia earlier this year.

At 32, he knows how important this series is for him.

”I have to concentrate on enjoying the times when I am fit,” he said. ”I am doing all I can here to do well and get back in to the team and I can try to do all I can to replicate what I did here last time.

”I came over to Australia not expecting to play in the first Test match [in 2010] and had to grab my place in the third Test.

”Personally I did well and contributed in the last two Tests to help to winning the Ashes. It’s great for me to get back into Test cricket. Unfortunately I have had a time away with injury, but it’s great to be back in Australia now and I have that experience from last time, so hopefully I can contribute if I do get back in the team …

”When you know how to bowl on these pitches and you’ve done well here, that’s obviously in my favour.”

The England team that will tackle WA has not been named yet.

While the battle for a bowling spot for the first Test is still alive, the batting line-up is set and coach Andy Flower is likely to give them a chance to spend some time on the bouncy WACA wicket.

England will be back in Perth for the Third Test starting on December 13.

Kevin Pietersen is expected to be available and played in the corresponding game in 2010 when he scored 58 in the first innings of England’s six-wicket victory.

Pietersen was a late arrival in to Perth this week. He was granted compassionate leave by the coaching staff to travel from England via South Africa after the recent death of a close friend.

He trained with the squad on Monday, which Tremlett said was a pleasing sign for the team.

”Yeah, it’s good to have him back. He’s been away for a couple of days but he’s in good spirits,” he said.

”We know he’s capable; he’s capable of taking any situation away from the opposition. We know how destructive he can be.”

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