By MICHELLE COOK
INJURY has sidelined Chris Tremain for six weeks but the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues squad member is taking it in his stride.
The Orange product was home yesterday, along with NSW teammate, Bathurst’s Trent Copeland, to attend some cricket clinics.
Tremain suffered a side strain during his first game of the season with University of NSW.
He’s already had three weeks off and it will be another three before he’s playing again.
Even though he’s frustrated, he’s staying upbeat.
“Really it’s a rite of passage for fast bowlers. I think you have to have a lot of injuries,” he joked.
“I did get a bit cranky the other day going through the motions at rehab but it’s part of the game.”
The 21-year-old has plenty to look forward to once he has recovered.
He will return to the UNSW team but is also expected to play for NSW and has signed with the Sydney Thunder for the Big Bash League.
This is why Tremain wants to make sure his injury is right before he plays again.
“It’s just to play consistently,” he said of his goals.
“The biggest worry for the support staff and myself is if I come back too early I can do the strain again and then I’ll miss the Big Bash and other games.”
The fast bowler said during pre-season, the NSW coaches earmarked him as someone who could feature in the one-day side.
“They like what I have to offer with the white ball,” he said.
Copeland said Tremain had been a welcome addition to the NSW squad this season.
“Trem is nice, youthful and exuberant. He brings that country attitude to the squad which the Sydney boys find refreshing,” Copeland said.
“He’s young and he bowls fast and once he comes back from injury, hopefully he’ll be in the mix to play some games.”
Yesterday Tremain and Copeland were the special guests at the T20 Blast Day at Jack Brabham Park and then the Orange In2Cricket sign-on at Wade Park.
Tremain said it had been a lot of fun.
“The kids really enjoyed it. They were excited when we turned up,” he smiled.
“It was good to see a lot of girls getting involved too.”