Swann sets the standard for Tredwell
James Tredwell admits to being inspired by the man he has replaced in England’s NatWest Series squad.
The Kent off-spinner is hoping to be given a chance to impress in the remaining two matches against Australia after Graeme Swann was left out in order to rest a minor elbow problem.
Swann has enjoyed sustained success in all forms of the game since forcing his way into England’s plans for a second time in 2008, and Tredwell has been buoyed by his fellow slow bowler’s rise to prominence.
“There was a time if you didn't bowl a doosra or something like that you might not even get looked at,” said Tredwell ahead of tomorrow’s fourth one-day international at the Emirates Durham ICG.
“It goes back to Swanny. He is the man who has flipped that around. He has come in and shown if you bowl properly, and do it really well, and spin the ball hard, you can still do really well at the top level.
“That certainly spurred me on and made me believe that I could get to the top.
“I have toyed with doosras and things like that, but they don't come overnight. I still toy around with it but ultimately if you bowl your stock ball really well that's the key so I have tried to focus on that.”
Tredwell has been limited to a solitary Test appearance and five ODI outings for England, but refuses to rue the presence of Swann as his main rival for a place.
Indeed, he feels both men can benefit from the situation.
“He is a fine bowler. You are going to come up against that, whether you are a seamer, wicketkeeper or whatever,” Tredwell added.
“It would be nice to get more of a chance, but all the time he is doing well, it’s great for the team and great for English cricket.
“Once you have had a taste of international cricket you want more. If there is someone in front of you, you have got to try to do better than them to get in the side more regularly. I certainly think you work a little bit harder, try new things.
“Maybe that has helped Swanny as well to have somebody else behind him, pushing him. That drives you day in, day out.
“Whether it is to oust him or play alongside him, if you are doing exceptionally well in the first-class game then there may come a point where they (the selectors) have to pick you. You have to try to keep that in mind. I have probably not reached that level yet. If I can work towards that then you never know. They might have to play the two of us together.”
Tredwell, 30, last played for his country when he made his fifth ODI appearance in the 10-wicket World Cup quarter-final defeat against Sri Lanka in Colombo 16 months ago, and is delighted to be back in the reckoning.
There are two final hurdles to his comeback, however, in the shape of the welter of rain which has already fallen in the north east and the possibility that England may leave the spin bowling duties to all-rounder Samit Patel in what are likely to be seamers’ conditions.
Tredwell has already had one fruitless journey for England this summer, brought in to replace Swann against West Indies in Leeds last month only for this summer’s terrible weather to intervene.
“I was involved at Headingley as well, which was washed out - with a long drive,” he said.
“So I’m just hoping that doesn’t happen again, and we get a full game again tomorrow. I’m delighted to be called into the squad. It’s nice to know you’re still part of the selectors’ thoughts.”