England hopeful Tremlett switches counties

January 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

A fresh start can often bring new rewards in cricket. There have been many occasions when county cricketers have been in their comfort zone, playing for the same team for years and not really pushing themselves to be as good as they possibly can be.

This is why I admire players that decide to give themselves a new challenge at a new club. For example, I admire Matthew Hoggard for taking on the captaincy at Leicestershire when he could have happily retired to a job in the media.

On this occasion though, I want to talk to you about another English pace bowler. Chris Tremlett, who has played three test matches for England, has joined Surrey after ten years at Hampshire.

Fair enough, the signings of Kabir Ali and Simon Jones for Hampshire may have made his decision easier, but it is good to see him moving on in an attempt to reignite his international career.

Tremlett has signed a three-year contract at The Oval and there is no doubt that he will be looking to force his way back into the England reckoning. One man who certainly thinks this is achievable is Surrey cricket manager Chris Adams.

The former Sussex captain says that Tremlett is about to “approach the prime of his career” and that his “height, pace and action” mean that he should have plenty of success for his new county.

Hampshire Chairman Rod Bransgrove has had his say on the move too, admitting that he is always “sorry to lose high-quality players”, but that the move gives the 28-year-old the chance to “re-invigorate his career”.

First and foremost, Tremlett will want to sort out any injury concerns he has. By his own admission, he has carried too many knocks to succeed at the highest level, so he will be hoping that a change of scenery might result in a change of luck in this aspect.

The Oval pitch should be more helpful to him than the Rose Bowl one was too, so all in all it seems like a good move for him. A positive, injury free summer might even see him in contention for this year’s Ashes tour, so Tremlett knows how important the next few months are for his career.

Meanwhile, some fear the England’s Test odds could be adversely impacted by the absence of captain Andrew Strauss for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Sports experts have also been casting their eyes over the odds for this year’s Aintree Grand National as the first of the trial races for the even have already taken place.


Entry filed under: County cricket.

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