ON THE RISE: Chris Tremain will be hoping for more celebrations like this.
ON THE RISE: Chris Tremain will be hoping for more celebrations like this. Morne de Klerk

Tremain ready to take his chances for Australia

CRICKET: He knows he is only in the Australian One-Day International squad because of players taking a rest and injuries but Victorian quick Chris Tremain is determined to take his chance when given it in South Africa over the next few weeks.

Tremain, has been drafted into an inexperienced 14-man team which will play a one-off game against Ireland tonight before a five-match series against the Proteas begins on Friday night (AEST).

He is likely to make his international debut and could do so alongside Joe Mennie and Daniel Worrall, who could both also play for their country for the first time over the next few weeks.

Josh Hazlewood is resting, while Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile out injured, leaving coach Darren Lehmann with a fairly bare cupboard when it comes to fast bowlers.

The trio of Tremain, Mennie and Worrall have not exactly set the world alight with their records in domestic one-day cricket.

Combined, the three quicks took 10 wickets at an average of 49 in last season's Matador Cup.

In their whole career the trio has just 53 wickets at an average of 37, while Tremain has struggled to get wickets for Victoria, taking two since 2012 at an average of 83.50.

Despite those figures Tremain is likely at some stage to be part of an Australian attack set to also include fellow Victorians John Hastings and Scott Boland.

While he realises he is only there because of others being absent, he is determined to prove he is in South Africa on merit.

"I can't wait, it's going to be amazing,” Tremain said in anticipation of making his ODI debut.

"I've grown up watching these great tussles between Australia and South Africa and it's something that came to mind as soon as the selection phone call came through, that this is going to be a great tour.

"A really hard-fought tour and something that I'm going to remember for a long time.

"It's a great honour to play for your country.

"I understand that I'm here because there's a few blokes being rested, there's a few blokes injured and the opportunity has arisen not just for me, but for two other uncapped fast bowlers (Mennie and Worrall).

"So I think we're all in the same boat and when we do get our opportunity, we're going to take it with both hands.”

Coach Lehmann has already said that Tremain and the other debutants can all expect a game for the Aussies.

While Mennie and Worrall look likely to be change bowlers, Tremain seems to be in with a chance at some stage on tour of taking the new ball and he iready for that opportunity too.

"Every discussion we (the current ODI squad) have had is 'just keep doing what you're doing', and what I've been doing has been with the new ball lately,” he said.

"So if you get given the new ball, then go hell for leather.

"But whatever scenario you're playing you've always got to want the ball in your hand.

"Whether it be new ball, old ball, middle overs or death (end of the innings), I want that ball in my hand.”


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