England news November 28, 2012

Tredwell to join England squad


James Trewell, the Kent offspinner, will fly out to India and join up with the England Test squad on December 1.

The 30-year-old Tredwell, who was appointed captain of Kent earlier this month, was not selected as part of the England Performance Programme - who are currently in India playing their first match on tour - but he will join the Test squad as back-up for the first choice spinners, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

With England now committed to playing two spinners in the remaining two Tests in the series, the team management decided it was wise to ensure there was cover for illness or injury.

"Tredwell has performed really well for us," Andy Flower, England's team director said. "He can make a real impact as a spin bowler. He is arriving in Kolkata as cover. We have some spinners with the performance programme but Tredwell is our senior spinner and will stay with us for the Tests."

Tredwell has only represented England in one Test, but he made a favourable impression in it - claiming six wickets in the match as England defeated Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2010 - and has continued to perform decently as a fringe member of the ODI side.

He took 4 for 48 in England's crucial victory over West Indies at the 2011 World Cup and last summer took 3 for 35 at Lord's, doing the majority of the damage in victory over South Africa.

The strength of his recent ODI performances saw him named as England's premier spinner for the T20 and ODI series against India either side of Christmas. Swann has been rested from both series.

England do have the option of calling on left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, legspinner Scott Borthwick or offspinner Azeem Rafiq, all of whom are currently in Mumbai as part of the England Performance Programme. But none have the experience of Tredwell.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ian on December 1, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    @blenheimfs - one of the other issues is that Tredwell plays for Kent and when I think Kent I don't think rank turners or big totals (especially last season). Darren Stevens' medium pace got more overs than Tredwell in 2012 (although getting that many overs out of Charlie Shreck without landing him in intensive care must be a record).

    I reckon they like the look of Tredwell's three first-class centuries and batting average in the mid 20s as well as the bowling (although he doesn't have much to show in limited overs games). He's a good, safe player to use until one of the youngsters looks ready.

  • Cameron on November 30, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @ Lmaotsetung - spot on. Furthermore Tredwell is a very solid pro who won't mind largely just hanging around. Better to keep the youngsters going as planned.

  • Samuel on November 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - Rashid is only 24. It's hardly as if he's wasted his talent, I'd argue he's still got plenty of time to develop. Anyway, England have to blame themselves for his stagnation - they took him on tour for two consecutive winters and he did nothing but carry the drinks, what did they think was going to happen? With Borthwick, I'd give him time - he may have rolled over a weak batting line-up in the second innings of the EPP game, but he was also spanked around at 5 an over in the first and only picked up 1 wicket, compared to Kerrigan's 4. Leg-spin is a difficult art - don't rush them and risk harming them before their career has barely started.

  • david on November 30, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    would not worry for him to be selected as 3rd spinner. i would put englands 3 up against any 3 from india. now that would be good. win the toss bat play 3 spinners after only playing 1 in the 1st test .its about time the asian block maybe got abit of their own back by preparing 4th day track for 1st day tests.so if its a spinning track play3.

  • Mark on November 30, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @landl47: I agree with SamuelH, Briggs is not the best, doesn't turn the ball or bowl with flight. In 2020s/ODIs yeah sure he is a better bowler than Rafiq, Kerrigan and Borthwick, but in FC cricket... not a chance. Tredwell probably won't even get a game, but, if he does, I'm sure he'll do well.

  • Davryn on November 30, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    No! No! No! Give him some young spinner the chance to train and watch Swann and Monty. Bringing back the old fish is not the future. Let's bring back Shah and Solanki while we're at it then. Briggs, Kerrigan and the rest are the future. They're young they will make mistakes but dear god, give them a chance to bowl!

  • shiju on November 29, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Good move, but i would also bring in briggs, perfect conditions to try out some spinners

  • Richard on November 29, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    People are making it sound like England have brought John Emburey back. Tredwell his 30, hardly old, and about prime for a spinner.

  • John on November 29, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Good move I'd say. There are arguments for Kerrigan for sure but maybe he is still a little raw. Tredwell - in shorter formats - seems to come in and do a decent job every time but rarely gets any praise. He could probably have done a good job in the T20 WC. If pitches remain similar I'd love to see them play him alongside Monty and Swann whether it be part of a 3 man or 4 man attack. I seem to remember a certain veteran spinner doing well on a tour to India not so long ago and as it has already been pointed out Swann came on later in his career.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Indian's T20 Squad should be very different and give chance to young players my pick would be 1.Shikar Dhawan 2.Rahane 3.Robin Uthappa 4.Kohli(capt) 5.Manoj Tiwari 6.Dinesh Karthik(WK) 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.RP singh 10.Varun Aaron 11.umesh yadav/Dinda

    12.Ashok Meneria 13.Unmukt chand 14.rahul Sharma 15.Ishant Sharma

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