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Tredwell thrives up front

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With his confidence “sky high”, James Tredwell was asked to open the bowling for England Lions, and his change of pace helped seal a convincing series victory over Pakistan A.

Tredwell’s off-spin confuddled the Pakistan batsmen in the second match in Sharjah, going for just 12 runs in four overs and taking the wicket of dangerous opener Shahzaib Hasan.

That early success allowed spin twin Adil Rashid to run through the middle-order with 3-13, restricting the Pakistan side to a mere 107, which the Lions hunted down easily.

“My confidence is sky-high at the moment,” Tredwell told ECBtv. “It’s just great to get some time in the middle.

“Bowling well for Kent last season and getting called into the squad for South Africa has just given me boost after boost.”

Tredwell also explained Andrew Gale’s decision to entrust him with the first over ahead of seamers Chris Woakes or Steve Kirby.

“In Twenty20 you’ve got to keep chopping and changing," he said.

Adil Rashid & James Tredwell

Working in tandem: where James Tredwell, right, surprised the Pakistan A openers, Adil Rashid cut through the middle

"If a side gets used to what you’re doing then generally they can line you up.

“We devised that after the last game, when the big opener got after us a bit (Hasan scored 57 in the first match).

“I’ve done it a few times for Kent. It sometimes works, it sometimes doesn’t. But on this occasion taking the pace off it in the first few overs shocked them a bit.”

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