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“I’m actually feeling in pretty good nick, so I’ll just be getting out there and doing my best”
England off-spinner James Tredwell is determined to become the national team’s new frontline spinner following the retirement of Graeme Swann.
Tredwell has been extremely effective in limited overs matches and will be looking to continue that trend during England’s limited overs tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month.
“These three one-dayers are a big part of a lot of people’s careers,” Tredwell said. “People will be looking to put their names forward for all forms of cricket.
“We want to do it in the right way, and work on things we want to take into the Twenty20 World Cup.
“But equally, individuals want to put their names forward – which is a promising place to be, really.”
Tredwell will be putting extra pressure on himself during the next couple of months as it could earn him more call-ups in the future.
“It’s an exciting time,” he said. “You’ve got a lot of exciting younger players…and some exciting senior ones as well!
“We will get things wrong along the way, I’m sure. But if we learn from those, and improve our skills as we go, it is an interesting time for the team.
“I need to make sure I get myself in the team, first and foremost, and then take those opportunities.
“I’m sure the other guys, with the options we’ve got in the spin department, will be trying to do the same thing.”
Tredwell is also looking forward to bowling against West Indies opener Chris Gayle once again, but he will have to wait until the Twenty20 series in Barbados to get the opportunity to do so since Gayle is currently recovering from lower back pain.
“Yes and no! I think that was more luck than judgment,” Tredwell said when asked about his success against Gayle in the past. “He’s a great player, and whenever you come across the world’s best you want to test your skills against them.
“Fortunately I came off (best) last time…you never know what might happen next time but you’d like to test yourself, that’s for sure.”
The 32-year-old also noted that he will not let his age deter him from becoming England’s next frontline spinner.
“Thanks for saying I’m another year older,” he said. “But I’m actually feeling in pretty good nick, so I’ll just be getting out there and doing my best.
“Every opportunity you get is a big one. It probably is slightly enhanced (at the moment).”