Fairytale return for Tremlett the big friendly giant

The Gentle Giant came back yesterday and let his bowling do the talking. With nary a sledge or a snarl in sight, Chris Tremlett provided England with a perfect beginning to the third Test.

Three years after being discarded following three Test matches against India, Tremlett came back into the team as a replacement for the injured Stuart Broad. Injury and poor form have played their part in his subsequent non-selection but it was an open secret that many inside cricket felt Tremlett was simply too nice.

But from his first over yesterday, the second of the match, he demonstrated that his other credentials were what mattered. It was an extremely adept piece of fast bowling and if he was given every assistance to make sure it was effective by Australia's left-handed opening batsman, Phillip Hughes, that did not diminish its quality.

Tremlett let Hughes have some short stuff early in the over and then bowled him one of much fuller length which went through a crooked bat and bowled him. It was as if Hughes had predicted his own downfall. Only two days earlier he had said that it was often not the bouncers which got him but the follow-up ball. So it proved.

The demeanour of the Gentle Giant was in stark contrast to the man with whom he shared the new ball, Jimmy Anderson. While Tremlett gives the impression that he might be about to ask the opposition batsmen if the wife and kids are all right, Anderson does not do niceties. He is perpetually on their case, as he showed yesterday when, having dismissed Brad Haddin, he turned in the direction of Mitchell Johnson at the non-striker's end and put his finger to his lips in shushing motion.

Although Tremlett finished with a serviceable 3 for 63 from 23 overs, it was the splendid opening spell that marked his day. He admitted that he awoke yesterday feeling extremely nervous, for he must have thought his international career had been and gone. England had played 41 Tests since his last appearance.

Only Broad's abdominal injury, which has ruled him out of the rest of the tour, has allowed Tremlett his opportunity. "There has been a little bit of frustration along the way but I have worked hard to get back where I want to be," said Tremlett. "I moved to Surrey last year and enjoyed things there. My aspiration was always to play for England again.

"People can say what they want about my temperament but I think it comes from within. If you want something badly enough you work out what to do, and I think I have figured that out over the years."

The fear was that Broad would be missed more than England were allowing themselves to say. Although he had taken only two wickets in the opening two Test matches before breaking down he had played a significant enforcement role. He had kept the batsmen honest.

Tremlett, always in possession of natural assets of height and accuracy which make a worrisome fast bowler, seems to have added other elements to his game during the long absence.

"It was a combination of having a few injuries, my body letting me down and things not going quite the way I wanted," he said. "I always wanted to play for England but it has taken a bit of time to get back to where I wanted to be. I have grown up a bit, I am more experienced as a cricketer. I know my game a lot more. I just think I'm a better bowler than I was three years ago. I feel fitter than ever, as strong as ever and I'm very happy with my action which is as repetitive as it has ever been."

The crowd, packed with England supporters, did the Gentle Giant's roaring for him. He did the rest. "That was the most special game I have played in so far," he said. "It was an amazing atmosphere and a very enjoyable day."

Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
News
i100
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Life and Style
A small bag of the drug Ecstasy
Health
Life and Style
Floral-print swim shorts, £26, by Topman, topman.com; sunglasses, £215, by Paul Smith, mpaulsmith.co.uk
FashionBag yourself the perfect pair
News
news
News
Netherlands' goalkeeper Tim Krul fails to make a save from Costa Rica's midfielder Celso Borges during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final between Netherlands and Costa Rica during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
newsGoalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmReview: A week late, Secret Cinema arrives as interactive screening goes Back to the Future
Extras
indybest
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup