STEWART BACKS TREMLETT

The former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart has said that if Chris Tremlett proves his fitness, he must be included in the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series.

Chris Tremlett has been out of cricket since a while because of injury, but, he has got fit now and he will make his comeback by playing for Surrey in the county Championship match against Somerset.

When asked if Chris Tremlett should be included in the England squad for the Ashes, Stewart said, “If he is completely fit, he must be in the squad. He is a fine bowler and with his height, he can be dangerous on any pitch.”

“He has been doing some hard work on his fitness since the last few months. I met him at Oval and talked to him for a while. He told me that he was desperate to be back playing for Surrey and then, for England.”

When asked if Chris Woakes should be slotted at no. 6 in the England test team, Stewart said, “No, I don’t think so. If England has to play 5 bowlers, I would rather slot Matt Prior at no. 6. He is good enough to bat at that position.”

“Woakes is a good, young all rounder, but, his time hasn’t yet come. He should play domestic cricket for at least a couple more years before being given the test cap.”

When asked how weak is the current Australian team, Stewart said, “Look, there is no doubt that England is looking stronger than Australia at the moment, but, I can tell you that Australia’s pace battery will stun a few people. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, they are all very good bowlers. In England, on those green pitches, they will certainly be handy.”