Chris Tremlett Biography
Chris Tremlett is a former English cricketer born on 2nd September 1981 in Southampton, Hampshire. He played 28 games across all formats for the English Cricket team.
His hulking 6 ft 7 in figure was perfect for his bowling style of right-arm fast medium. His height and his massive frame allowed him to generate genuine pace and bounce. On top of that, he had decent accuracy in his bowling, which made the batsman deter him. But what really made him stand out was his disconcerting bounce, tempting batsmen to have a swing.
One of the tallest men to have ever played cricket, Tremlett came from a family of sportspersons. He is the grandson of former England and Somerset player Maurice Tremlett, who played in the 1940s and 50s. Chris’ father, Tim Tremlett, was a former Hampshire seamer.
Chris started out playing cricket at the Hursley Park Cricket Club and took a wicket in his very first ball of the first-class cricket against New Zealand A in 1999. Impressive performances for Hampshire saw him make the trip to India in 2000-01 with the Under-19 squad.
While at Hampshire, he was coached by his father who turned his playing career into a coaching one. He was even one of the first cricketers to join Rod Marsh’s ECB Academy in the following year.
After an impressive season with Hampshire in 2004, he got his international call-up in 2005 against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. His ODI debut was on June 21, 2005 and he put in a fantastic performance taking 4 wickets in his eight over spell, conceding 32 runs. He barely missed out on a hat-trick, as the ball fell on the stumps of Mohammad Ashraful, but did not dislodge the bails.
He made his Test debut on 19th July 2007, against India. He put in a decent performance as the match was drawn and he picked up four wickets.
However, he failed to build up on his performance despite being selected in the following the Ashes, as the first-choice bowlers impressed. He missed the tour to Pakistan and India due to injuries.
Rise to Glory
Tremlett’s came to the fore when he switched to Surrey from Hampshire, and after having an amazing season with Surrey, he was back in the national setup in 2010.
His most important performance was in the 2010-11 Ashes as he helped England win down under for the first time in 24 years. He picked up 17 wickets in three matches at an average of 23.35 and was the one to pick up the urn winning wicket.
He followed it with another impressive performance against Sri Lanka, picking up 15 wickets in three Test matches, which saw him break into the top ten rankings.
Throughout his career, Chris Tremlett failed to completely fulfil his potential because of injuries that plagiarized him.
He retired from all forms of cricket on 21st August 2015.