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“I think I’ve shown over the last few months in the one-day game that I can compete at the top level”
England off-spinner James Tredwell has admitted that getting called up to the Test squad for the last two Ashes Tests was a “pretty big surprise”, especially since he didn’t see Graeme Swann’s retirement coming.
Tredwell and leg-spinner Scott Borthwick were both called up following Swann’s retirement.
“Getting the call was a pretty big surprise,” Tredwell told Sky Sports. “I was going out for the one-dayers anyway, but it will be nice to join the squad and hopefully turn around the results.
“I think I’ve shown over the last few months in the one-day game that I can compete at the top level. It’s about getting the oppotunity to do it over a period of time. It’s not going to be easy to emulate Swanny, it’s going to take someone to put their hand up and Monty is in pole position at the moment.”
Even though Tredwell will only arrive in Australia when the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne has already got underway, he still believes that he can make an impact in the fifth and final Test in Sydney.
“When the boys left for Australia, they didn’t envisage the scoreline being 3-0 at this point, but hopefully we can can put in a couple of performances and get something from the series,” Tredwell said. “I was surprised, but I can understand that you get to a point in your career when you’ve had enough and with the series gone I can see why he came to that decision.
“A lot of people are comparing him to Derek Underwood and for him to put in the match-winning performances that he has is something to behold. It’s going to be a real challenge for the next person to fill his shoes – he’s been a huge part of the success of the England team over the last five or six years, but that’s the challenge of sport.”