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Tremlett is winning race for Ashes role

England suspect they know the bowler they want to replace Stuart Broad in the Third Test in Perth. They are not saying but the indications are that Chris Tremlett, similar height with similar length and similar bounce may be favourite.

Nor is it a done deal whoever is in the management's mind.

They are keen to scrutinise all three reserve pacemen in the tour match in Melbourne supposed to begin tomorrow and all have something prove. The man who receives the selectorial nod will almost certainly take the new ball with Jimmy Anderson, since Steve Finn is not considered yet to be sufficiently accurate.

Flower has been a champion of Finn's since he plunged him into Test cricket in Bangladesh last March. But he also recognises his limitations at present.

“I have been very impressed with him he since first played international cricket, I think he has handled it really well,” said Flower.

Broad took only two wickets in the two Test but he still roughed up Australia's batsmen with his awkward lift and menacing length.

Flower gave his assessment of the candidates.

Chris Tremlett: “He brings you heavy bounce with the ball coming from that height. He bowls a consistent length and gives you bounce.”

Tim Bresnan: “He is an experienced cricketer even though he's relatively young. He's a strong man, he's accurate, he bowls skilful reverse swing and he bats and fields well.”

Ajmal Shahzad: “He bowls very well at left handers, we saw that in Hobart. That doesn't mean to say he's not effective against right handers, but he's more dangerous against left handers.”

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