James Tredwell knows he has the chance to establish himself as England’s leading limited-overs spinner during the next month.
Grame Swann’s retirement midway through this winter’s Ashes created a senior spin void in all three of England’s sides.
Tredwell, whose one Test cap came in 2010 but has been in the limited-overs set-up for more than four years, is in pole position to take Swann’s place in the one-day and Twenty20 international teams.
The Kent off-break bowler, who turns 32 tomorrow, is with England in the Caribbean and is in line to play in the first of three ODIs versus West Indies at Antigua on Friday.
Those games will be followed by as many T20Is against the same opponents in Barbados and then the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk, Tredwell said: “You come to these parts of the world where that has been the case over the recent past, you do sniff a bit of an opportunity. So I’ll be looking to grab that if it does come round.
“There probably are opportunities along the way but that’s not our decision to make, I guess, so you just try and do all you can to get your process right and hopefully when you do get the opportunity you can put your name forward for that choice to be made.”
Tredwell, who featured in three ODIs and a T20I against Australia last month, was England’s outstanding bowler in yesterday’s victory over a University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI with figures of 3-39.
He hopes that is the start of more profitable displays in the West Indies and Bangladesh.
“Going forward we’ve got the Twenty20 World Cup, but equally these three one-dayers are a big part of a lot of people’s careers really. We’ve got some opportunities in these games,” he added.
“People will be looking to put their names forward for all forms of cricket. We want to do it in the right way and work on the things that we want to carry into the Twenty20 World Cup, but equally individuals want to put their name forwards, which is a promising place to be really.”