FORMER Kinross and Orange paceman Chris Tremain doesn’t like dwelling on negatives.
But he still concedes had the beginning of this season not been disrupted with a groin injury, he may have played more cricket for his state.
Tremain, who previously has represented his state in five first-class matches, was unavailable for the beginning of the Futures League season, the Ryobi Cup and the start of the Sheffield Shield due to the groin problem.
He has spent the last two months playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, and has been rewarded with selection in the NSW lineup for its Futures clash with South Australia, starting tomorrow at Blacktown International Sportspark.
“It’s a good chance for me to get back into the red ball cricket,” Tremain said.
“I haven’t had much of it, and to be honest, I have thought that if I hadn’t been hurt then maybe I could have pushed my claims a bit, and played some Shield cricket this season. But that’s the way it goes.”
Tremain is looking at this week’s clash with the SACAs as an audition, to perhaps get an opportunity for NSW later in the season.
“There is four Shield games left,” he explained.
“The guys who did well in the Ryobi Cup have had their opportunity, and the team is pretty well set for the remainder of the year I’d think.
“But you never know, opportunities tend to pop up after Christmas, and if I bowl well maybe I can grab one.”
Tremain said his goal is that simple, to bowl well.
“It’ll just be good to get back into it. There’s not point over thinking anything,” he said.
“If you go in with too high of expectations you generally don’t do so well. So I’m keeping it very simple, bowl well and take my chances.”
NSW sits atop the Futures League table, and is boosted by the return of several Sheffield Shield players; Peter Nevill, Ryan Carters, Trent Copeland, Ben Rohrer and Australian finger spinner Nathan Lyon.
However, Tremain said South Australia will also boast some big guns.
“Chris Rogers is having a run with them,” Tremain said.
“I know Phil Hughes will be there, and I’ve heard a few other Shield players as well. It’ll be good to bowl against some of the best batsmen in the country.”