Tremlett thanks Aussie duo
Chris Tremlett puts his success down to Shane Warne and Stuart Clark.
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/08/07 4:17am
Chris Tremlett believes that the opportunity to play alongside Australian duo Shane Warne and Stuart Clark at county level has been pivotal in his promotion to the England Test squad.
The Hampshire paceman grasped his opportunity to impress in the first Test against India at Lord's, taking four wickets having only been a late call-up to the side following an injury to Matthew Hoggard.
The 25-year-old is hoping to build on that display in the second Test which gets underway at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Tremlett has previously been criticised for lacking an aggressive edge, but he insists that playing with Clark - who he cites as a "similar character" off the field - has helped him develop that part of his game.
"You learn things the more you play the game and pick up things from other cricketers," he stated. "Stuart Clark is a similar character to me off the field, a kind guy, but when he steps on the pitch he has got that mean streak about him.
"It is something I've tried to work on. It is not something that comes naturally to me, to be aggressive and swear at people and I don't think it is something I will do, be extra aggressive and swear at the batsman because that is not my character.
"(I need) that pumped up feeling to do well and take wickets; you have that mind-set that you don't really like the batsman.
"I've got the attributes, I'm 6ft 7in tall, and it's a question of using those things a little bit better than I have done in the past."
Tremlett also revealed that legendary leg-spinner Warne had played a big part in his development in recent years.
"I've been working with Warney for the last three years and I've learnt a lot from him," he continued. "He said take a look at yourself and where you want to go from here. My goal was to get back in the England side and prove I'm a good bowler and a good cricketer."
Tremlett has now turned his attention to the second Test with India but has dismissed suggestions that the tourists' much-vaunted middle-order is now 'over the hill'.
Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman all failed to reach 50 at Lord's as India avoided defeat by the narrowest of margins.
However, Tremlett - who took 3-52 in the second innings, does not believe the quartet are in terminal decline, but vowed to keep up the pressure on them at Trent Bridge.
"We have to make sure we've got that aggressive intent. The Indian guys might have a bit of a reputation for not liking the ball swinging and nipping around as much as other teams," he added.
"As a group in the first Test we were very aggressive and worked together as a team. We did get in their faces. We didn't make them feel comfortable.
"We built the pressure on their batsmen by being aggressive and also very patient with the bowling.
"But it would be stupid to say their leading batsmen are in decline. They are obviously great players. They didn't score many at Lord's but it would be stupid to say they are losing their touch.
"I played in the England Lions game against India and Sachin made a hundred and he looked class. He still looks a very good player.
"Dravid is a great player. I got him out in the second innings at Lord's which was great for me. But I don't think they are losing it.
"Conditions were quite hard for batting and the ball swung around. You can't say it is down to them losing their touch. We will see how it goes in the series."