James Tredwell March 9, 2014

'I didn't know what sledging was until I played in Australia'

James Tredwell on copping earfuls, his first time in an England shirt, and more

First time I was properly sledged
It would have been on my first visit to Australia, when I was 18. I didn't really know what sledging was until I went to play club cricket out there. The first time I walked to the wicket was a bit spicy. A few verbals went my way.

First time I met a hero
Richard Davis was probably the earliest one. When I was involved in Kent for the first time, I was coached by a couple of players and you're always in awe of them. At that time, when you're ten or 11, the Kent players came in, a bit like I do now, to help out. You look up to people like that as you grow up.

First bowling inspiration
In terms of spin bowling, it'd have to be Shane Warne, if I'm honest, even if he was a legspinner. Before that you have the people that you try and mimic and what have you. John Emburey and Phil Tufnell were around during my youth and they were two really successful bowlers at that point for England. But when Warney came on the scene he was just another level.

First time I realised I could have a career in cricket
It was when I was probably 19 or 20. I had dreams of making a career out of it before that point but it wasn't until I got the odd game for the second team at Kent that I had the chance to put what I had been learning into practice. I had a little bit of success for the second team but you don't know when you'll get the chance at first-team level and you don't know how you'll adapt to that either. Once you do get that opportunity, you have to take it.

First time I played for England
It was special - a day I'll never forget. We were playing Bangladesh in a one-day international in Dhaka. It was not the best place in the world but it's an incredible experience when the chance is given to you to play for your country. I remember my first England wicket, which came in a Test match against them. Tamim Iqbal went to sweep one and he gloved it. Well, I don't know if he did but Matt Prior took the catch and he was given.

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  • a on March 10, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Insightful - despite being a British person I found your post jarringly and mind numbingly parochial. You may need to get out more to other countries.

  • rob on March 9, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    @ Insightful2013: I mustn't have the wit because, frankly, I don't understand your post. Would you mind dumbing it down a bit so I've got a chance of making some sense of it?

  • Peter on March 9, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    I've been to Dhaka, in fact to many international grounds around the world & I got to agree with him there. The fans are passionate but it's way behind plenty of other grounds, personal opinion only.

  • Peter on March 9, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Sledging in Australia starts in juniors. I have said it before & I'l say it again, sledging is NOT abuse. Most of it is quite funny actually. I have & still been playing for over 30 years since juniors & have only ever been abused once, but have been sledged so many times it isn't funny. It was very intense in grade cricket, in fact many international players have written it's the toughest environment. It certainy makes you mentally tougher, the thing is, every game, after an exchange in the middle, you always sit down for a drink & a laugh with your opposition. It is always left on the field. Personally, I love opening bowlers sledging me (I open the batting), I give it back with interest & invariably makes me concentrate harder, just about all my tons have been after verbal altercations with bowlers. Little things like, "you know only fast bowlers should ever bowl bounders, don't you?" And after hooking the next expected delivery following up saying, "Didn't you hear what I said?"

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    "Not the best place in the world" TREDWELL better play only in the best places in earth and keep getting sledged all the best.

  • Clifford on March 9, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    To continue, I have yet to see a non Britisher that would even remotely stand a chance against us re: wit! It's almost a genetic component and it's at such levels as to be paralyzing to others. It's generally above the recipients capabilities and can be withering! Aussies, in my experience employ a basic semblance of wittiness but resort to truculence, ultimately. It's enormously amusing and quite embarrassing really! Sort of Bernard Manningish, they are. You laugh with them but underneath you are squirming with embarrassment for them. You constantly wonder, why would anyone behave like this and thank God, you weren't raised in such an environment. You want to assist in their rehabilitation as much as possible, at whatever costs. It has to be painful to feel this constant insecurity and anger and be unable to express yourself properly, because of personal limitations. Such deprivation must have been torture! That's how it's done! See, if you can figure it out and why we don't engage?

  • Mark on March 9, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    The usual emotive drivel trying to pick fault with an England players harmless answers to questions. Also can anyone explain at what point in his answer he was 'whingeing' about sledging?

  • Damon on March 9, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @DalesGuy..ah so Dhaka IS the best place in the world to play cricket!... and from your mindset I hope you never get published again..

  • Richard on March 9, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    @dunger.bob:- I've always favoured, "Bowl him a piano Johnno, perhaps he can play that". That usually gets a laugh, even from batsmen and umpires.

  • David on March 9, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @DalesGuy ... Whoa there!! Ease up a little!! If you were to make a dream international debut, would you prefer it on the other side of the world, or at your favourite home ground? That's all Tredwell was talking about - Dhaka not being the best place in the world for his debut.

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