Tredwell eyes improvement

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James Tredwell took 2-49 as England lost their final warm-up match against Delhi

James Tredwell is prepared for plenty of hard work before England start their one-day international series against India on Friday.

After securing a memorable 2-1 Test win before Christmas, the tourists’ preparations for the five-match ODI series have been some way short of expectations.

They have lost both their warm-up matches, going down by 53 runs against India A on Sunday followed by a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi today.

James Tredwell

James Tredwell urged his England team-mates to improve ahead of the five-match ODI series against India following two warm-up defeats

Tredwell, deputising for the rested Graeme Swann, has performed admirably as lead spinner but acknowledges England need to improve before they meet India in Rajkot.

“It’s obviously not been ideal. We like to go in and win these games but we’ve not hit our skills in the way we’d have liked,” he said.

“We need to make some improvements in the next couple of days. We didn’t hit our lengths consistently enough to build pressure over periods of time. That’s what it boils down to.

“To be able to turn it around in the next couple of days going into the first ODI is crucial. We all have massive pride in our performances so when things don’t go to plan it’s disappointing. We can build on that disappointment and put it right going into the first game.”

England have been whitewashed in their last two 50-over series in India, yet Tredwell is not too concerned by their efforts in the preparatory encounters.

“The result is irrelevant, it doesn’t mean a great deal in the scheme of things but we’d like to have come out with some better performances,” he said. “We like to win these games and that hasn’t been the case but it’s what we do now that’s important.”

England fly to Rajkot tomorrow, glad to leave behind the bracing cold of Delhi.

Temperatures for the first ODI are expected to be around 20 degrees higher than they have experienced this week but Tredwell is not looking for excuses.

“It’s been pretty chilly at times and it’ll be nice to be in warmer climes,” he added. “The dew hasn’t made a great deal of difference, we can’t use that as an excuse unfortunately.

“It’s the skills that have let us down in these games and we have to turn that around.”

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