June 19 2013 Latest news:
by Tom Moore
Monday, July 9, 2012
Surrey and England paceman Chris Tremlett insists he is fit and ready to play in the County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire, starting on Wednesday.
The 6ft 7in bowler was out of action for six months but has stepped up his return to the four-day side by playing in the FriendsLife T20.
“I’ve played a couple of second team games,” Tremlett told London24 after the one wicket defeat to Middlesex on July 6.
“I’ve got some overs under my belt so I’m available for selection. I’m fit to play.
“Hopefully, I can add some boost into the bowling attack.
“Our batting has struggled a bit, being inconsistent.
“Hopefully we can find some consistency like we did last season where we won promotion.
“It’s about trying to find that form and consistency.”
Guildford can be a difficult place to gain a result but Tremlett feels it is no more difficult than other Championship games.
“It can be difficult on the result,” he explained.
“It can depend on conditions. The wicket is generally quite dry and flat but I remember a game where the ball swung early on and then the spinners came into the game.
“In any Championship game, it’s always tough to get a result.”
The 30-year-old played in four of Surrey’s five Twenty20 games between June 30 and July 6 and Tremlett believes that, in some ways, is harder than returning in the longer forms of the game.
“In some regards, Twenty20 is harder to return from injury in because it’s quite a stop-start game,” Tremlett added.
“The intensity is quite high, you have to run around on the field.
“I think it can be easier but at the same time, it’s nice to bowl longer spells and keep going.
“My back still gets a little bit stiff and I find that, sometimes, the longer I bowl, when I get into my spells, the easier it gets.
“It’s a bit hit and miss but, hopefully, it’ll get easier with the more cricket I play.”
Over the course of Tremlett’s first five first-team games back he picked up seven wickets at an average of under 13. The 30-year-old also only conceded six runs an over during this period.
“I felt I’ve bowled pretty well the whole tournament really,” the paceman added.
“Coming back into the Twenty20s can be tough.
“It’s a bit hit and miss really.
“I kept it tight in my three overs [against Middlesex on Friday] at the top and unfortunately was hit for a four in my last over, which could have made a difference because it was such a tight game [Middlesex won by one wicket with one ball remaining].
“[Defeats like that] can happen. But, on another day it can your way.”
Tremlett also hopes that he and his side can look forward after attending team-mate Tom Maynard’s funeral on July 4.
The 23-year-old tragically died when he was struck by a London Underground train on June 18.
“It was very tough but very touching to see so many people caring and coming to the funeral,” he added.
“Hopefully we can put a stamp on that now and try and move on in our own way.
“We have to go forward, be positive and win every game for Tom.”