Udal hails Trem-endous effort

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Shaun Udal believes Hampshire's loss is England's gain after Chris Tremlett's Ashes heroics.

Former Rose Bowl star Tremlett was celebrating today after taking the final wicket to seal a 3-1 series victory over Australia after an innings and 83-runs fifth Test success in Sydney.

England's first Ashes triumph Down Under for 24 years saw Tremlett play a key role, including the final wicket of Michael Beer, despite the paceman not being selected for the first two Tests.

Udal saw Tremlett's progression through the Hampshire ranks at close hand and oversaw much of his early years in county cricket.

But the former Rose Bowl skipper found a new lease of life to his career after leaving Hampshire.

He believes Tremlett has followed suit after last season's switch to Surrey propelled him back into the Test reckoning.

And Udal now insists the 29-year-old has cemented his place in the national side.

Udal said: 'I'm not surprised at all. I think getting away from the Rose Bowl has done him the world of good.

'It's easy to get into a comfort zone. As one of the senior players, you do what you do every year and you're accepted for what you are when you've been there a while.

'I certainly realised that when I left Hampshire. You've got to prove yourself all over again.

'I think Chris realised that he was in a comfort zone while he was at the Rose Bowl and he has tested himself in moving to Surrey.

'He's done fantastically well. I think he's been phenomenal in these Test matches and arguably has been England's best bowler.

'Hopefully he will be in that England team for a while to come. I can't see how they can leave him out now. He's playing in the one-day stuff as well and has got a real chance to push for a place in the World Cup squad.'

While Tremlett suffered with injuries during his time at Hampshire, he was sometimes accused of lacking enough aggression to become a Test match cricketer.

Udal said: 'He is one of those characters. When he was young, he could be a bit infuriating at times in terms of trying to get the best out of him.

'Some people thought that he had to be very aggressive and physically show that.

'I was never one who thought he had to show it by abusing batsmen – you only have to look at him to realise that he can intimidate people.

'It was just a question of getting his body language better. As soon as that improved, he looks up for the challenge and up for the fight.

'He's realised what he had to do and has gone about it in the right way.'

Udal added: 'I played against him twice last year for Middlesex against Surrey and he looked a lot more comfortable, bowled longer spells and was hitting the bat really hard.

'When he bowled to Andrew Strauss at The Oval in June, Straussy came off and said "he's a serious bowler".

'He has always had the capability but he looks fit and strong and ready to sustain it now. But it's taken a move away from Hampshire to be able to give him that extra motivation to prove himself all over again.'