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The Ashes 2013/14: Chris Tremlett admits England's bowlers were rusty on day one

Chris Tremlett reflects on a frustrating day personally and as a team for England.

Chris Tremlett (R): Blamed inconsistency for England's opening day struggles

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England pace bowler Chris Tremlett praised Western Australia's inexperienced batting line-up for capitalising on some 'bad bowling' on day one of the opening Ashes warm-up match at the WACA.

England's bowlers toiled and the fielders were forced to chase the ball to all parts of the Perth venue as the Western Australia Chairman's XI cashed in on ideal batting conditions to post 369-4 on day one.

James Anderson (1-31) was at his miserly best, however Tremlett, Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn and Ben Stokes all struggled to find a consistent length as they battle it out for the one remaining place in England's bowling attack.

Speaking to Sky Sports after play, Tremlett admits that rustiness played its part as Queenslander Chris Lynn (104), in particular, made hay.

"It was a hard day and a frustrating day," said the Surrey quick. "As a bowling attack we pride ourselves on consistency and if we're honest the bowlers were a little bit inconsistent today.


"I'd put that down to rustiness, we've all not played for a while but it's nice to get miles in the legs and hopefully we'll come back tomorrow and improve on what we've done today.

"We've been here about a week and today was a big jump in terms of overs. We've only bowled about four overs in a day so far so to go to about 17/18 overs each is a big jump. We'll take the positives from that, it's good to get the miles in the legs. It's a shame we were a bit inconsistent in lines and lengths but something we can improve on in rest of the trip."

Lynn, who was flown over from Queensland at late notice to play in the warm-up fixture, pressed home his claims for Test honours with a century, while openers Luke Towers (77) and Marcus Harris (69) also passed fifty.

Tremlett added: "Fair play to them. The pitch probably played a bit different to what we're used to. It wasn't the quick, bouncy wicket that we 're used to and have played on before. They came at us hard and capitalised on our bad bowling at times."

Speaking on his own performance as well as the three-way battle for a starting berth, Tremlett added: "I thought I had a couple of good spells and a couple where I struggled. We're bowling as a unit, obviously there is a space up for grabs but we're not thinking about that too much."

Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test at the Gabba. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 HD on 21 November.