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Tremlett surprised by WACA wicket
3:45pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
CHRIS Tremlett admitted England were surprised by the wicket after struggling against a Western Australia Chairman’s XI on the opening day of their Ashes tour.
The Southampton-born seamer took a career-best 8-150 in his only Test at the WACA during the 2010/11 series.
But he had to settle for 0-71 from 17 overs on the ground renowned for having the bounciest surfaces in world cricket, as England conceded 369-4.
Tremlett was not the only one of England’s tall fast bowlers to struggle.
Boyd Rankin (18-1-87-1) made an understandably nervy start, and then improved, while Steve Finn (18-0-87-0) went worryingly in the opposite direction.
Afterwards, Tremlett admitted England had perhaps been guilty of making some dangerous assumptions for this three-day match.
"The pitch wasn't quite what we expected, from what it was last time," said the former Hampshire bowler.
"It was pretty slow - not what we were expecting compared to what the net conditions have been like the last couple of days.
"But I guess that's no excuse really. It's about adjusting to conditions quickly.
"It was a frustrating day as a unit. We were pretty inconsistent.
"I thought we all showed some good signs at times, but I think we were all a little bit rusty. We struggled with our lengths."
With the first Test still three weeks away, Tremlett is confident England’s bowlers will rediscover their best form in time for the series opener in Brisbane. “The first day is always the hardest, I don't think we're concerned (yet)," he said.
"It's the first day, a massive jump in work-loads for all of us ... if you're bowling badly a few days before the (first) Test, that's when you're going to be panicking a little bit."
To achieve the improvement evidently necessary, Tremlett cites the example set already by James Anderson (16-7-31-1) as one to follow.
"I thought Jimmy was outstanding today, he showed his class," he said.
"We can certainly learn from him. We all had some good spells at times but overall we were a little bit off the radar.”
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