Victorian quick Chris Tremain enjoyed getting away from the "frustrating" MCG wicket to claim 7-82 against Western Australia on the second day of the Sheffield Shield clash at the WACA Ground.
The MCG wicket continues to be derided for providing no assistant to bowlers in Shield and Test cricket, which means a Victorian quick like Tremain has been frustrated on home turf.
Despite that, with 7-82 against WA on Sunday, he has 36 Shield wickets for the season and considering he's plying his trade at the MCG half the time, that's impressive with an average of 21.63.
Victoria are in a strong position to push for an all-important outright win in Perth too, ending the second day 1-70 in their second innings with an overall lead of 160.
With plenty of time and nine wickets in hand that includes Marcus Harris, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Cameron White and youngster Will Pucovski, the Bushrangers will look to force the result to move up the Shield table.
Tremain can't hide how frustrating bowling at the MCG has been but enjoyed getting onto a WACA deck that offered pace, bounce and movement for the bowlers but also enabled fast run-scoring.
"We've played so many games at the MCG this year where there's been no results and minimal wickets so I'll take them underarming at the moment. I'm not too fussed how they come," Tremain said.
"Frustrating is the only word you can use to describe it, but you get funky with it and understand this is what we've been given and what we need to respond to.
"It is a flat wicket but from all reports if you want to play Test cricket you have to find a way to do well on those wickets.
"It's been a learning curve and there have been some funky fields set and a few different tactics used, but it's great to now play at a venue that rewards effort. The WACA is a great place to ply any trade because you get rewarded for good batting and bowling."
Tremain also paid tribute to Peter Siddle for the influence he's having on this Victorian team.
The 62-Test veteran might not have claimed a WA wicket himself but he applied good pressure to help Tremain do the damage.
"The best thing about having him around is that he's played so much cricket at any level and he understands that the game ebbs and flows, and he stays relatively calm," Tremain said.
"It might be something as simple as him telling us what happened in a game he played in previously to make sure we keep our mind on what we are doing. It's almost immeasurable the influence he has."
Australian Associated Press