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Ashes: Chris Tremlett gets England nod for third Test

Venue: Perth, Australia Dates: 16-20 December Start time: 0230 GMT
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Chris Tremlett
Fast bowler Tremlett (lying down) has taken 13 Test wickets in his career so far

Chris Tremlett will replace Stuart Broad in England's line-up for the third Ashes Test in Perth on Thursday, BBC Sport understands.

The 6ft 7ins Surrey pace bowler has been given the nod ahead of Tim Bresnan after Broad was ruled out for the series with a torn stomach muscle.

The Waca pitch is regarded as one of the fastest in the world, which should suit the 29-year-old's height and pace.

Ajmal Shahzad was the other bowler in the reckoning to replace Broad.

Tremlett, who has not played Test cricket for three years, will be winning his fourth cap for England.

His last appearance came against India at The Oval in 2007, where he finished with match figures of 3-190.

The inclusion of Tremlett ahead of Bresnan is an attacking move by the selectors as England go in search of the win that would see them retain the Ashes with two Tests to spare.

Earlier this week, Tremlett said: "I've waited a long time to play again for England so I'm champing at the bit to make it, but I'm sure the same is true for Tim and Ajmal.

"I feel now I have all the attributes to be an England Test bowler. There would not be a better place to return than the Waca.

"It's a wicket that's renowned for being fast and bouncy and it looks pretty green out there at the moment, so I guess if there's any wicket in the world that should suit me, it's this one. I'm feeling good and I'm good to go."

Andrew Strauss's men go into the third Test with their tails up following their resounding victory win in Adelaide but the captain was a little more cautious about the wicket in Perth.


He said: "I don't think it's going to zip all over the place to be honest."

Strauss added: "I'm always aware if you start relaxing and think things are going well, this game has a way of coming back to bite you.

"We have very much been emphasising the need to keep our feet on the ground and get ready for hard work again."

England have been buoyed by the return of Jimmy Anderson, following his 20,000-mile round-trip to attend the birth of his second child.

"I've had a decent amount of sleep so I'm feeling pretty confident I'll be at my best on Thursday," he said.

But the 28-year-old has warned of the dangers of bowling too many short-pitched deliveries.

"We've had a lot of success in the last few games bowling nice lines and lengths so I think if we try to stray too far from that we could slip into something dangerous," he said.

"We just need to keep doing the things we have been doing well with maybe one or two more bouncers."

England's players have been joined by their wives and girlfriends ahead of the third Test on the tour and Strauss said the mood was "very happy" in the camp.

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