FORMER Orange fast bowler Chris Tremain believes England’s ability to win the big moments was the difference in Australia’s 3-0 Ashes loss over in the Old Dart, but expects things to be a little different this summer.
Now a NSW Blues and Sydney Thunder quick, Tremain was back in Orange for the MILO T20 Blast Schools Cup at Jack Brabham Park yesterday afternoon.
Joined by Cowra boy and emerging NSW batsman Daniel Hughes for the carnival, Tremain predicted the Aussies to bounce back when the game’s oldest rivalry reignites at the Gabba, Brisbane, in November.
“Being in England you’re always going to have that little edge, but coming down to Australia, the heat, different things going on, we’ll be alright in our own backyard,” Tremain said.
Hundreds of school kids from across Orange took to Jack Brabham Park for the MILO T20 Blast, and Tremain was impressed by what he saw from the next generation of Western Zone cricket.
“There’s not only a lot of boys playing but quite a few girls as well, which is good to see,” he said.
Tremain has spent the better part of the cricket pre-season in and out of rehabilitation with a troublesome groin.
The burly right-arm quick is again nursing the injury and admitted the “jury is still out” about playing for the Blues prior to Christmas.
“I’m not entirely sure when I’ll be back to 100 per cent,” Tremain said, adding his big delivery stride is causing the trouble with the groin.
“But I’m fitter and stronger than I was last year, it’s just one little niggle I’ve got to get right.
“I’d like to be taking a lot of wickets in grade cricket and scoring enough runs and contributing with bat and ball in grade cricket and putting my name forward to be a strong contender to play Shield cricket before Christmas.”