The Ashes: Ex-England bowler Steve Harmison backs Chris Tremlett
Steve Harmison believes Chris Tremlett will be handed a starting place for England's opening Ashes Test with Australia.
Last Updated: 17/11/13 3:41pm
Surrey bowler Tremlett is battling Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin for the final bowling spot as support to James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.
England bowling coach David Saker hinted that Tremlett could get the nod for the opening game in Brisbane which starts at midnight on 21 November.
Former England paceman Harmison, who was part of the side that won back the urn in 2005, also believes Tremlett will make the cut as he offers more control than Finn and Rankin.
"I think Chris Tremlett is probably just a safer option than Steven Finn for the first Test, not going for many runs and picking up the odd wicket," Harmison told Sky Sports News.
"I think that might just give him the nod.
"They've got four bowlers and if somebody's going at four and a half, five an over, it becomes very difficult to bowl that bowler.
"That puts a lot of pressure on Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and especially Graeme Swann. Australia will probably look to target Swann so you probably need your fourth bowler to be a banker.
"It could be on a gut feeling.
"Alastair Cook and Andy Flower might just give them right up until Monday after nets and think 'this is the one that's bowling the best, we're going to go with him'.
"I think all three of them bring the same thing to party, they're relatively the same pace and all bounce the ball.
"Tremlett gives them a little bit more control than Finn and I think there are still questions on Boyd Rankin's durability - can he get through a full five days and then come back and do it again?"
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