Chris Tremain was surprised when he received a call from national selector Rod Marsh on his inclusion for the One-Day International series against South Africa. Tremain, alongside Joe Mennie and Daniel Worrall, received his maiden call-up to the national side after the selectors decided to rest Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the upcoming limited-overs tour.
The Victoria fast bowler Tremain came into contention after picking up back-to-back five-wicket hauls in the one-day series against India A and the National Performance Squad last month. “It was a nice surprise. I think there’s a bit of luck of the draw there that we were playing. A couple of blokes had a decent season last year and got an opportunity with Australia A and because of that, another big one with Australia because we have been playing pretty well,” said Tremain.
Tremain made the switch from New South Wales to Victoria two years ago and has conceded that playing consistently has helped him despite not making changes to his game. “I don’t think I’ve added a great deal to my game,” he said.
“I think consistently playing has been a big help. People keep saying I got starved for an opportunity in NSW but I don’t think that was the case. It was a matter of not doing the right things at the right time to give yourself an opportunity to play there. Coming down to Victoria I got a few good opportunities early, did ok and rolled with the punches early,” he added.
Tremain is excited about travelling with the national team alongside the other two new faces with whom he has been spending time lately. “We had three weeks together in Brisbane,” he noted. “I didn’t know Joe too well, I had known a little bit of Dan. We are all pretty similar, we are sort of competitive. It was good to know Joe and play with both of them, and now to travel together with the ODI squad will be a nice little icing on the cake.”
The 25-year-old also praised newly appointed assistant coach David Saker with whom he will be joining forces yet again, this time on national duty. “He just called and said what are the odds that my first tour is your first tour?” Tremain said. “He’s good and he’s no punches pulled, so I’m sure regardless or playing for the Renegades or Victoria or Australia coming up, if I’ve done something wrong you get scolded for it and rightly so.
“If you do something right it’s not a big pump up, it’s a pat on the back and congratulations for doing your job. He’s really good at keeping people level, keeping people concentrated on what they need to do and not getting too far ahead or behind what they’re doing.”
Tremain is now hoping for better pitches to bowl on in South Africa after what he witnessed in Sri Lanka and is braced to put in the hard yards.
“I’ve been watching the ODIs in Sri Lanka at the moment and they look like they’re very difficult to bowl on,” he said. “Watching John Hastings and Scotty Boland work over there, Faulkner, the way they go about their business on flat wickets is a really good viewing point for wickets that might offer a little bit more. Doing the hard work on these flat wickets just makes it that little bit easier on a wicket that might offer a bit more,” he said.