Tredwell pens permanent marker
England’s James Tredwell is delighted his Test career will now be remembered for more than just a one-ball cameo after taking two wickets on his debut against Bangladesh today.
Tredwell missed out on selection for the first Test in Chittagong but still managed to make an impression, taking a stunning catch at short midwicket to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim for 79 from the only delivery he was on the pitch for as a substitute fielder.
The 28-year-old Kent spinner had a more central role in the opening day of the second Test, sending down 29 overs for 85 and picking up the key wickets of top-scorer Tamim Iqbal and captain Shakib Al Hasan as the Tigers closed on 330 for eight.
“That was certainly an all right catch but I was only on the field for one ball, so it’s nice to spend the whole day out there,” said Tredwell, who replaced batsman Michael Carberry in the tourists’ XI. “I’ve got four more now to look forward to and a few more in the future hopefully.
“You do have that thought or fear that maybe it won’t happen for you but when you’ve got a goal you try and stick to it and work towards it. My parents always stuck by me in my youth and after several England tours of not actually featuring, it feels really good to get a go now.
“It’s a very proud moment. I’m probably not as proud for myself as for the number of people who helped me along the way.
“To play is a proud moment but to have an impact on the game is even prouder, and that hit me as the ball looped up (to dismiss Tamim).”
Tredwell thinks England can be happy with their efforts in the field after Shakib won the toss and opted to bat.
Tamim got the innings off to a sensational start with a devastating knock of 85 in a frenetic morning session, during which he plundered 13 fours and a straight six.
He eventually fell caught behind after mis-timing a sweep off the debutant and although a handful of home batsmen made starts, England picked up wickets at reasonable intervals thereafter.
“Who’s ahead? I’m going to say us, slightly but it’s probably honours even,” said Tredwell.
“The wicket seems docile like the one in Chittagong and with the start Bangladesh had, we’re happy to have them eight down at the close of play.
“It’s going to be tough to get 20 wickets so to get eight on the first day is a decent effort.
“If we’re honest we’d have liked to have them out for under 300, but after their start we’re happy to have clawed it back.”
Tamim’s thrill-a-minute innings came as he celebrated his 21st birthday.
And while he was disappointed not to cap the occasion with a century, he at least received a timely present from England captain Alastair Cook, who dropped him at mid-on on 11.
“Of course I am very disappointed - not just because of my birthday, but for the team, which is most important to me,” he said. “Someone needed to score 100 or 120 and I think if I could have played a big innings we would have scored 400 runs.
“The first chance I gave (edged over slip for four), I don’t call that a chance because it was too high. The second, Cook, that one was a birthday gift, that’s true, but I didn’t tell him to drop it.”
Tamim also put county sides on alert after declaring his interest in developing his game in England.
“It would be a great honour for me to go to England. I would love to go there,” he added. “But first I must keep scoring big runs in international cricket and the rest of these things will happen.”
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