England's Chris Tremlett in mood to skittle Sri Lanka
England seamer Chris Tremlett believes he has finally turned into the aggressive, snarling bowler that everyone wanted him to become when he made his Test debut four years ago.
Tremlett will lead the attack in the second npower Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's tomorrow after playing a key role in the downfall of the tourists in last week's first match in Cardiff.
The Surrey man claimed the first three wickets of Sri Lanka's second innings to start the dramatic collapse that saw Tillakaratne Dilshan's men bowled out for 82 - a figure which meant the visitors succumbed to an innings defeat.
The 29-year-old took four wickets against India on his debut at Lord's in 2007, but was dropped from the England squad after the series due to a lack of form and fitness.
Doubts were also raised about his ability to provide the aggression needed in a world-class strike bowler, but he insists those worries have now been erased after an impressive Ashes series and last week's performance in Cardiff.
"In 2007 I tried to be quite aggressive when I played against India," Tremlett said.
"Maybe that was a bit forced a little bit, it didn't come naturally.
"Now fast bowling and being aggressive is something that comes more natural to me and I have grown as a person and a cricketer.
"I went through a spell where I was in and out of the squad. Now I'm in the team and I am a lot more experienced, a lot more hungry, I know my game and body a lot better." Last week's victory in Cardiff was all the more remarkable given that a draw seemed inevitable after the Test was hampered by rain.
After declaring on 496 on day five, with a lead of 96, England skittled the visitors for 82 inside 25 overs in a blistering afternoon of clinical bowling.
Tremlett, who took four wickets that afternoon, thinks the win proves Andrew Strauss' men have a killer instinct that he hopes they will be able to repeat over this weekend to wrap up the three-match series with one game to spare. He said: "It was a dull couple of opening days in Cardiff but we came out in that last session and showed how good we are as a team.
"We showed that we are a team that aren't afraid of kicking the opposition when they're down. That's what we'll be looking to do in this game."
Sri Lanka coach Stuart Law hopes the historic setting for this Test will help inspire his team to bounce back from their beating.
"If seeing the long room and the photos of the people who have walked down those steps doesn't inspire you to play good cricket then nothing will," Law said.