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Following the retirement of Graeme Swann, a plethora of spinners have raised their hands and asked to be given the opportunity to prove that they are the right candidate to replace him.
James Tredwell has become the latest addition to that group as still believes he can be England’s go-to spinner during Test matches.
However, Tredwell has been struggling to find some form and was even dropped from Kent’s County Championship side as a result of it.
“I’m the guy who is in front of the coaches and Cooky day-in, day out and hopefully the way I go about it and the things I do in training and matches keep my name out there,” Tredwell said. “I guess it’s not ideal I haven’t been playing four-day cricket, but I’m in front of them and hopefully that stands me in decent stead.”
Tredwell also noted that he has found it hard to adjust to bowling with the white ball in limited overs matches and bowling with the red ball in four-day matches.
“In English domestic cricket you’ve always got a four-day game around the corner where you can bowl a 20-25 over spell to maintain that rhythm,” he said. “But I’ve been away for longer periods where I’ve just been doing one type of skill – maybe that’s my fault, maybe I should have been focussing more on that side of things. It’s in there, I’ve just got to be able to pull it out again.
“Coming back into the four-day game is not always easy to switch from one to the other. When you are involved in one-day stuff you fully immerse yourself in that, so to be able to slip from one to the other I’ve found particularly difficult so we all felt I needed some time to get my mind and technique right.”