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James Tredwell is relishing his moment in the sun after helping bowl England to victory in the first one-day international against India yesterday.
The 30-year-old off-spinner is one of the less flashy members of the England set-up and often has to settle for his role as deputy to first-choice Graeme Swann.
As such, he has found opportunities limited since his international debut almost three years ago in Bangladesh, but with Swann among those rested this month he is enjoying a rare stint as the team’s senior spinner.
Tredwell is cut from an entirely different cloth to his extrovert team-mate, but has frequently been impressive when called on by his country.
Fifteen wickets at 25.40 in 10 ODIs and an economy rate comfortably below five an over indicate a reliable performer, and his international-best figures of 4-44 in the nine-run victory at Rajkot yesterday were a match-winning turn.
“I have an opportunity here to play a few games and show what I can do and hopefully keep my hat in the ring,” said Tredwell.
“I was just trying to stem the flow of runs and build up pressure on the batsmen, not allow them to swing the ball over the top but it is pleasing to take wickets in a game like this.
“I guess they do mean more, because India are notoriously good players of spin but any international player you come up against is going to be a good player so to get any of them out is a string to your bow.”
Asked if the success of Swann and slow left-armer Monty Panesar in the 2-1 Test triumph had inspired him, Tredwell added: “Absolutely. You see them and you want to emulate them, but one-day cricket is completely different so it’s a different set of skills and a different approach.
“The way I look at it is I have to keep improving,performances in when I do get the chance and show what I can do in training. Hopefully I can get a few games along the way.”
Tredwell may enjoy a lower profile than some of his more celebrated team-mates, but there is no doubting how much he is appreciated within the dressing room.
Captain Alastair Cook said after the match: “The first 10 overs in the powerplay on that wicket was always going to have a few runs scored and it was hard to stop India, but I thought we did well and didn’t get carried away.
“We know what Tredders does and for him to come on and bowl like that and get four-for on there was fantastic. Four-for on a wicket like that is a great effort.
“That little bowling partnership between Tredders and Joe Root really took the sting out of their batting.”
England flew to Kochi this morning, ahead of the second ODI on Tuesday.
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