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Chris Tremlett believes patience will be the key for England's bowlers when they take on world number one side India later in the summer.
Tremlett, who made his Test debut against India in 2007, has established himself as a first-choice in the England side since making a triumphant return in the last three Ashes Tests in 2010-11.
The 6’8" Surrey quick is back at his former home ground, the Rose Bowl this week for the final Test against Sri Lanka with England needing at least a draw to secure a series win.
He admits, though, that the first Test against India at Lord’s, starting on 21 July is already looming on the horizon.
India v England
21-25 July & 11 September
“The India series is in the back of our minds.” Tremlett said. “But it’s a long summer.
“India are the number one side in the world and if we want to become the number one side then we need to beat them.
“We know they’re a good team – I played against them four years ago and they have got some good players and great batsmen in particular.
“But I’m looking forward to the challenge and hopefully I’m involved with trying to beat them.”
India’s rise to the top of the world rankings has been built on a fearsome batting line-up.
Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag are among the finest players of their generation and are ably supported by the likes of VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tremlett knows he and his fellow bowlers face an uphill battle to take 20 wickets against such a such an experienced and powerful batting side.
England’s bowling attack attracted widespread praise for their attritional performances during the Ashes victory though and Tremlett insists a repeat of those efforts could see them prosper.
“I think it’s a battle of patience against their batsmen, that’s what I found last time. They don’t play too many rash shots so you have to be patient.” added the 29-year-old.
“They’re not always in a rush to score their runs but they try and tire the bowlers out and cash in when you’re worn down a bit.
“It’s going to be tough but we know we’re a good unit as we showed in Australia. We know we can bowl any side out and with our batting in the form it is we’re confident.”
Tremlett is a Chance to Shine ambassador and was speaking at the launch of Jack Russell's ‘Cric-art' work at Lord’s.