Now that it’s official, that Chris Tremlett is in the England world cup squad, I’m wondering can he have the same impact he did when he came into the side during the Ashes?
Tremlett’s ability seemed to take the Aussies by surprise, they seemed to me to be wondering why a bloke this good wasn’t already in the team.
First thoughts though are that the pitches at the world cup aren’t going to suit him anything like the Aussie pitches did.
But from a positive prospective, I don’t believe this will weaken the England team in any great way – although we now can’t afford any more injuries – as Tremlett has had more cricket over the past couple of months and is probably in better rythem than Broad was, although Broad had showed signs of a return to form against South Africa.
Another positive is that he won’t have to acclimatise as he has been with the squad throughout this tour.
Any regular readers of this blog will know that I am a fan of Tremlett’s bowling, I was disappointed he didn’t make the initial squad, but I fully understand why, as he and Broad are a bit like-for-like.
I’m not sure if he will come straight into the team, Shahzad may well get his chance now, and he is the better batsman as well and was unlucky to be left out after the India match.
But at least England have options, there will come a time when it will be horses for courses, so I fully expect Tremlett to play his role in this competition.
The additions of Eoin Morgan and Tremlett, shows that at the moment England have good quality in depth.