Tremlett form leaves Surrey scratching heads

Re-think: Chris Tremlett's form for England has forced Surrey to re-think their recruitment plans.

Re-think: Chris Tremlett's form for England has forced Surrey to re-think their recruitment plans.

First published in Surrey CCC Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Surrey cricket manager Chris Adams admits Chris Tremlett’s Ashes winning turn means a change in tact over recruitment for the coming campaign.

The 29-year-old paceman took 17 wickets in three Tests as England completed a series win in Australia for the first time in 24-years at the SCG last week.

Adams had hoped to bring in an 80-wicket-a-season overseas spinner this year to bolster the club’s bowling ranks, but is now set to lose Tremlett on international duty this summer.

The former Hampshire man claimed 80 victims in all competitions for the Lions last season and the Kia Oval chief concedes his priorities may now lie in the seam bowling department.

“It is very difficult to plan for this type of scenario so you have to be flexible, but I always had at the back of my mind that this might happen,” he said.

“The overseas player really is the final call I can make and because of Chris’ success I’ve now got to seriously look at who we bring in.

“Top of the list was probably a spinner who takes 80 wickets a season, but maybe now I’d be more inclined to look at providing some experience in terms of seam bowling.

“Chris has done exceptionally well, we’re likely to have less from him Kevin Pietersen and Steven Davies in the summer, but these are nice problems to have to deal with.”

Surrey’s player’s player of the year Tremlett - a surprise inclusion in England’s Ashes squad ahead of the tour - has credited his switch to the Oval for the upturn in his fortunes.

England bowling coach David Saker personally endorsed his call-up after monitoring his progress last summer, but Adams insists there is only one man responsible for his success.

“It couldn’t have gone better for him. He was given his opportunity and took it as well as he possibly could have,” he added.

“He learnt his cricket at Hampshire and came to us with a goal in mind. He has achieved that and for us to be a part of it is very pleasing.

“Whilst we may have helped a little, the bottom line is it comes down to the player to perform. He has done that by himself and silenced all the critics who questioned his temperament.

“Other people have tried to take the credit for his achievements, but the credit is all down to him.”

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