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Ashes: Chris Tremlett delighted by performance

Third Ashes Test, Perth (day one, stumps):
Australia 268 v England 29-0
Venue: Waca Date: 16-20 December. Play resumes 0230 GMT on 17 Dec Coverage: Live on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 LW, 5 live sports extra and online; live highlights and day's review on the TMS podcast ; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; live on Sky Sports 1; highlights on ITV4
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Chris Tremlett celebrates taking the wicket of Michael Clarke
Tremlett celebrates taking the wicket of Michael Clarke

Chris Tremlett believes he is a better bowler than before after taking three wickets on his England return as Australia struggled in the third Test.

The Surrey paceman recorded figures of 3-63 as Australia were bowled out for 268 in Perth on day one, having been reduced to 69-5 at one stage.

"I'm fitter than ever and stronger than ever," said the 29-year-old, whose last Test appearance was in 2007.

"I am more experienced as a cricketer and I know my game a lot more."

He added: "I'm very happy with my action, it is as repetitive as it has ever been and I'm just a lot more consistent than I used to be.

"I just think I am a better bowler than I was three years ago."

Tremlett was called up as a replacement for the injured Stuart Broad having not played for England since the match against India at The Oval three years ago, where he finished with match figures of 3-190.

While at Hampshire, he made his first appearance for England in 2005 in a one-day international against Bangladesh. That year he was regularly in the England XII for the Ashes Tests but he never made the final XI.

Injuries hampered his progress before he finally made his Test debut against India at Lord's in 2007 - the series was his first and last until now.

Having made his return to the England side, the 6ft 7in bowler admitted it was important he made a good start at the Waca.

"When I woke up this morning I had a few nerves," he told BBC's Test Match Special.

"I got the first over out of way and the wicket of Phil Hughes. I tried to get into my stride and enjoyed it.

"I found a length which I was comfortable with and found it early. There was a lot of bounce but I did not get carried away by exploiting it too much.

"I tried to enjoy it today. It was a great day, an exciting day. The team are playing well.

I have played in a few matches at the Waca where first-innings innings totals have been in the mid-200s so I don't think we are out of it altogether

Australia's Michael Hussey

Tremlett believes his transfer from Hampshire to Surrey last season helped him return to the England fold.

"The move was a big positive. It was something I needed - a change and a fresh start."

England will start day two on 29-0, seeking to build a big total to further drive home their advantage over Australia.

But Michael Hussey, who was one of the few Australia batsman to shine with his fourth successive half-century (61) of the series, felt that despite the low first-innings score his side were still hopeful of levelling the series.

"It was tough conditions out there, especially early on with the new ball and the moisture in the pitch, but I have played in a few matches at the Waca where first-innings innings totals have been in the mid-200s so I don't think we are out of it altogether," said the Western Australia player.

"We have to bowl well early tomorrow and get some wickets.

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"It was hard work for most of the day. Even well after lunch the ball was still seaming around. For us, we started quite well with the ball there tonight and with some luck tomorrow we can make some inroads."

Australia opted to field a four-man pace attack leaving out rookie spinner Michael Beer. Hussey said he "100%" backed the decision.

"I think looking at the pitch it has a lot of grass on it and maybe it came down to who they thought would get more wickets from the fourth bowling option - a seamer or a spinner," the 35-year-old added.

"That's the way they went and we need to back that up 100%. We have good artillery there and we need to make sure we use them well tomorrow."

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