Tredwell a believer in domestic values
After three tours of duty, James Tredwell finally got the chance to take centre-stage and England’s newest off-spinner did not disappoint.
Tredwell travelled to New Zealand with the one-day squad in 2007-08 and was summoned to South Africa over the winter, failing to make an appearance on both occasions.
But on the turning decks of Bangladesh he is expected to play a bigger part, and, having made his one-day international debut last week, the Kent bowler took 6-95 on day one of the tourists’ three-day warm-up against Bangladesh A in Chittagong.
Having chosen to bat first, the home side were bowled out for just 202 thanks largely to Tredwell's efforts, with Raqibul Hasan scoring a defiant unbeaten 107.
Tredwell, 28, was understandably delighted with his own contribution, having been handed sole slow-bowling responsibilities with Graeme Swann rested.
“You want to come into these games and bowl well and hopefully I did that,” he said.
“I maintained a consistent line and length, got a few revolutions on the ball and found that bit of turn.
“This is my third tour and this is my first game (in the longer format), so it’s nice to get out in the middle and show what I can do.
“Swanny is obviously going to play in the first Test because he’s done very well in the last 12 months and now hopefully I’ve just put myself out there for selection.”
Tredwell relished the opportunity to bowl a long spell on a friendly surface at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, where England will reconvene for the first Test beginning on Friday.
He drew on his own experiences for Kent, for whom he was often required to lead their attack on turning tracks last season.
“It’s nice to see the ball do a bit for you whether you’re a seamer or a spinner, so it was nice to see it going sideways,” he added.
“But I think we come across the pressure sometimes in county cricket, too. Whenever you come across a wicket that turns, then that is your job: to bowl the other team out.
“That is going to be the case in these games and they are the kind of conditions you want to be up against.
“Bangladesh’s strength is spin bowling so they’ll want it to turn a bit. I think we’ll see more (turning pitches).”
The day looked destined to be Tredwell’s alone until Kevin Pietersen - following scores of nought, six, one, 18 and 22 since arriving in Dhaka - fell for two to Mehrab Hossain’s left-arm spin.
Tredwell expects England's 29-year-old star batsman to offer a reprise of his free-scoring form against Pakistan before too long.
“Kevin is a top batsman, we know that, and I don’t think a couple of low scores should affect that,” he said after England reached stumps on 68 for three.
“He actually (made scores) in the two Twenty20s in Dubai (43 not out and 62). He’s obviously hitting the ball well and we know he’ll keep working hard.
“I’m sure a big score will be just around the corner.”
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