DRAFTED into the England squad to send another shiver up the spine of Australia’s batsmen, skycraping fast bowler Chris Tremlett could be set for an extended stay in enemy territory this summer with the Sydney Sixers chasing his signature for the Twenty20 Big Bash League.
The Surrey quick, who stands at an imposing 2.01m, starred for England in their historic 3-1 win in Australia in 2010/11, claiming 17 wickets in three matches – collecting eight despite their defeat in Perth and helping James Anderson and Tim Bresnan dismantle their rivals in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Australians’ difficulty facing Tremlett in that series will have been in the mind of England selectors when they added him to a 14-man squad for the third Test at Old Trafford, which boasts the country’s most bouncy pitch. Six of Australia’s top seven from the final Test of that summer – the only absentee being Michael Hussey – remain in the present line-up.
The 31-year-old’s talents, combining his towering height with a penchant for pace and accuracy, have also made an impression on recruiters for the SCG-based Big Bash franchise.
The Sixers, the city-based competition’s inaugural winners two summers ago, who went on to triumph in last year’s rich T20 Champions League, have expressed interest in bringing Tremlett on board for the extended tournament in the upcoming season.
The paceman has not played for England for 15 months due to a series of injuries, and despite being included ahead of Steven Finn and Graham Onions for Manchester, is not certain to feature with Anderson, Bresnan and Broad also in the squad.
However, there was an ominous warning for Australia on the eve of the third Test from former England captain and Surrey executive director Alec Stewart.
“He is near to the level he found in that last Ashes tour,” Stewart said on Monday.
“You can see that from the way he bowled in our Championship games at Yorkshire and then against Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval.
“Now he is bowling better and better as he has trusted his body. He is strong in the mind, he has had a taste of Ashes success and he wants to play for England again.”
The Sixers have seamers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Trent Copeland on their books but are looking to boost their roster with Starc likely to be busy for most or all of the BBL with Australian commitments.
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