Chris Tremain of Victoria appeals successfully for a wicket during a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania earlier this season.
Chris Tremain of Victoria appeals successfully for a wicket during a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania earlier this season. Scott Barbour

Tremain holds no bitterness over stint in Aussie side

CHRIS Tremain knows the Sheffield Shield season, stretched over six hot months, can be long and arduous.

But as he prepares for Sunday's final in Alice Springs the Victorian quick drew on an old line to ensure there was more than enough fuel in the tank for a flourishing finish against South Australia.

"It's the old adage - why did the Irishmen keep banging his head against a wall? Because it felt so good when he stopped," Tremain said this week.

"Win or lose, it's going to be great to put your feet up and the end of it and be pretty happy that you have had a red-hot crack this season."

And for Tremain, the second leading wicket taker in the competition with 42 scalps and a surprise century with the bat, it's a season that stretches all the way back to the start of October when he was playing for Australia.

He said his surprise elevation to the one-day team for a forgettable away series lose 5-0 to South Africa was something of a "butterfly effect".

A good Shield season last summer resulted in a call-up to the Australia A team midyear and then when national selectors opted to rest pace spearheads Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the South Africa series, Tremain was one of only a few bowlers ready to step up.

"Myself, Joe Mennie and Dan Worrall, we were all bowling well at the time and there was no one else in the country who had been bowling outdoors or in games," Tremain said.

Selectors were panned for picking a "B" team and the thrashing pushed the trio of quicks back down the pecking order and when replacements were needed during the home summer, Billy Stanlake jumped over them.

But Tremain didn't feel like he was being "churned and burned", as former Test opener Ed Cowan labelled the selectors' capacity to easily cast unwanted players aside.

"We got our player feedback at the end of the tour," Tremain said.

"If I want to play more for Australia I've got to get better than Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

"Plenty of people can get a bit bitter or grumpy that they get a tour and then don't get picked straight away for the next one, but that's the way it goes.

"For me, who played four games, and it was well understood I was there because they had been resting two of the best bowlers in the world, that's as much feedback as I need."

It's an attitude that has served Tremain well during the Shield season, and he said he was "pretty happy" with his 42 wickets.

But winning is all that matters and despite the Shield final seemingly being played in the shadows these days, Tremain said it still meant a lot to everyone involved.

"You play really hard cricket for 10 games and one more game to prove you have the minerals to win it," he said.

"(Captain) Cam White has been part of plenty, he has won them, and lost them, and he can tell you that winning is just a feeling you don't get anywhere else."