On hearing today’s news that Chris Tremlett has signed a three year contract to play for Surrey, I couldn’t help thinking that hopefully this could be the catalyst to him reviving his once promising England career.
Tremlett played three Tests for England against India in 2007 and impressed by taking 13 wickets, at the time he was in for the injured Harmison and looked every bit his long term successor with his height, pace and bounce.
What has happened to him since then?
In the past he has had questions asked of his temperament, his body language has never been great and his demeanour out on the pitch has never looked too impressive.
Shane Warne commented on this during his spell as Hampshire captain and worked on it with him, resulting in him getting picked for England against India.
Tremlett had been on the radar of the selectors even before his 2007 appearances against India, during the 2005 Ashes series he was 12th man for the first 4 Tests and was then ironically left out of the squad for the 5th Test due to lack of match practise.
He has also had his fair share on injuries, added to the squad for the winter tour of New Zealand in 2008 as cover, again for Harmison, Tremlett returned home injured before having the chance to bowl in a Test match. He also had to withdraw from the 2005 tour of Pakistan with an injury.
Could this move revitalise him and put him back in the thoughts of the selectors? At 28 years old he should be coming into his prime, already he has a respectable 1st class average of 28.66, picking up 289 wickets. If he was to really get his act together imagine how good those figures could look.
He looks to have it all on paper, if someone at Surrey can give him the boot up the arse he seems to need, not only could Surrey have some bowler, so could England. And lets face it, at the moment there is a massive vacancy in the England team for a bowler of his ilk.