‘I think Chris Tremlett is probably just a safer option than Steven Finn for the first Test’, says Stephen Harmison

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“Tremlett gives them a little bit more control than Finn and I think there are still questions on Boyd Rankin’s durability”

Former England pace bowler Stephen Harmison has backed Chris Tremlett to be included in the Ashes squad for the first Test in Brisbane since he “is probably just a safer option than Steven Finn”.

Tremlett is currently battling against Finn and Boyd Rankin for the third fast bowler spot on the Ashes roster.

However, bowling coach David Saker recently hinted that Tremlett was going to be picked over his two rivals since he had performed better in the warm-up matches.

“I think Chris Tremlett is probably just a safer option than Steven Finn for the first Test, not going for many runs and picking up the odd wicket,” Harmison told Sky Sports News. “I think that might just give him the nod.

“They’ve got four bowlers and if somebody’s going at four and a half, five an over, it becomes very difficult to bowl that bowler.

“That puts a lot of pressure on Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and especially Graeme Swann. Australia will probably look to target Swann so you probably need your fourth bowler to be a banker.

“It could be on a gut feeling.

“Alastair Cook and Andy Flower might just give them right up until Monday after nets and think ‘this is the one that’s bowling the best, we’re going to go with him’.

“I think all three of them bring the same thing to party, they’re relatively the same pace and all bounce the ball.

“Tremlett gives them a little bit more control than Finn and I think there are still questions on Boyd Rankin’s durability – can he get through a full five days and then come back and do it again?”

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