On this day in 2015: England bowler Chris Tremlett is retiring from cricket


On this day in 2015, Ashes winner Chris Tremlett announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The 6ft 7in fast Surrey bowler retired aged 33 after the injuries that had plagued him throughout his time in the game made it impossible to continue.

Ultimately, it was a back problem that prompted Tremlett’s decision, although fitness concerns had become depressingly familiar for a man whose powerful physique helped catapult him fleetingly to the top of the international game.

In all, he made just 12 Test appearances and played a total of 28 games for England across all formats, but left cricket after scoring the crucial delivery in an Ashes win Down Under.

Born in Southampton, Tremlett, son of former Hampshire seaman Tim and grandson of Maurice, who played for Somerset and England, began his career with Hampshire.

After working his way through the England ranks, he made his one-day international debut against Bangladesh in 2005 and played in his first friendly against India two summers later.

However, injury halted his progress and a move to Surrey, where a larger squad meant more opportunity to rest, after a frustrating 2009 season paid the required dividend as he forced his way into the 2010-11 Ashes squad.

Even then he had to be patient, finally getting his chance in the third Test in Perth and winning 17 wickets – including the crucial scalp from Michael Beer in the fifth Test in Sydney – in the three games he played as England secured a famous run to win.

A return of 15 wickets in three Tests against Sri Lanka cemented his place in England’s formidable pace attack and, after undergoing back surgery, toured Australia again in 2013-14.

However, when the physical demands of his craft took its toll, he finally accepted a specialist’s advice to hang up his boots.

Announcing his retirement, Tremlett, who has won 459 wickets in a 15-year first-class career, said: “My body and especially my back can no longer withstand the strength of playing at the level that it takes to play professional cricket – and after that, if I seek advice from a specialist, this last injury means I cannot continue.”

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