London, Dec 10: Former England bowler Darren Gough has backed Chris Tremlett to replace injured Stuart Broad for the third Ashes Test in Perth. Broad will not be available for the rest of the series after suffering a torn abdominal muscle during the second Test in Adelaide.
Gough said that Tremlett should be brought in ahead of other possible replacements such as Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad for the Perth Test. He believes that the tall seamer will be most suited for the pitch at Perth, which traditionally generates a lot of pace and bounce, SKY News reports.
"We've got to go with someone who has aggression with the ball so I'd go for Tremlett. Anywhere else then maybe Bresnan, but I think Tremlett for Perth. He's a fantastic bowler, he's had a great season and he can bat as well. I think he has a good chance," he said.
Gough feels sympathy with Broad, having himself been ruled out of the 2002-03 series Down Under, and offered some words of encouragement to the 24-year-old paceman.
"He's following in my footsteps, Broady. He uses the same number as me, eight, in the one-dayers but I hope this doesn't mean he has the same injury problems I did," Gough said.
"It will be very hard for him to take but he's played in the first two Tests so he can feel like a part of things if England do make history and he's not there at the end," he said.