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
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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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  • crockit 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.

  • dunger.bob 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?

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Chris_P 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?"

  • 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.

  • Insightful2013 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?

  • markatnotts 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?

  • StrangeWays 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..

  • Biggus 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.

  • drinks.break 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.

  • crockit 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.

  • dunger.bob 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?

  • Chris_P 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.

  • Chris_P 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?"

  • 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.

  • Insightful2013 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?

  • markatnotts 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?

  • StrangeWays 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..

  • Biggus 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.

  • drinks.break 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.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    whinging about sledging please go and play another sport test cricket is hard and the best play

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Sometimes sledging easily can backfire. Sarwan-McGrath incident is a perfect example. And not to mention how Mark Waugh ended up with a red face after an English player returned him a favour with "at least I'm the best cricketer in my family".

  • DalesGuy on March 9, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    'It was not the best place in the world'. For this mindset and myopic view, I hope he never plays Test again!

  • dunger.bob on March 9, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney : I played cricket in Aus. for 25 years (low level though) and I found most of the sledging laughable. It was usually something like 'keep your fingers warm, there'll be something coming soon', or 'jeez, there's a lot of red on the edge of that bat'. I got sledged when I was bowling to, but that's understandable. I also once got sledged by a toddler, but I reckon his dad put him up to that. .. my long winded point is that the ' broken effing arm' business was as extreme as it was rare. Most successful sledgers are far more subtle than that and besides, I never reacted to it and it just went away. .. It's how we seem to do it mate. Sorry if it offends but it's just the way we are. No countries perfect I suppose.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    The sledging as crossed the line it's gone from banter to abuse...Eventually all it will spur on is trouble in the field because all it needs is one player to take exception & hit out...then it will be a whole new ball game.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Oh, please. Sledging is hugely prevalent at every level of club cricket in Australia. Whether or not it's at all witty depends on the sledger.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on March 9, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Sledging happens in all grades all over Australia. I think the difference is in Australia, we all cop sledging on the chin, we don't take it to heart or find it overly offensive. It's just some banter which happens between friends as well, it's part of the culture. At an international level, it's a different story, some countries don't have any sledging domestically and so when it happens at international level, players take it differently and can get offended.

    What is seen as rude in some countries is not rude in other countries. The best thing to do is not take any notice of it. When Kohli showed his dislike towards the Australian players on the last tour to Australia. The more he copped it from the players and the crowds.

  • Baundele on March 9, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    What is James' problem with Dhaka? Dhaka offers a huge cricket fan base, and it must be a great experience for a cricketer to play his first international match in front of such a huge crowd.

  • jmcilhinney on March 9, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @Benn Glazier on (March 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT), that's because there aren't many players who can actually make the opposition fear them but anyone can humiliate the opposition if they strike the right chord. It's not about having a laugh with someone; it's about having a laugh at someone. Some might consider that even worse. I have no illusions about cricket being a gentleman's game or that Australia are the only team that have something to say but I find it all rather pathetic from anyone at any level. It's most visible from fast bowlers and I think they look quite stupid standing on the pitch staring down a batsman and telling him what they're going to do rather than just doing it.

  • on March 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Sledging is part of cricket at all levels in Australia. But we try to inject humour as well, it's not all about breaking arms. A

  • izzidole on March 9, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    I didn't know that sledging is also prevalent in club cricket in Australia. When the aussie cricket team wasn't doing too well during the last four years or so no one complained . When they start winning matches once again and look dangerous then allegations of sledging and other accusations begin to be levelled against the team from opposing teams and some frustrated cricket fans. The same situation prevailed earlier when Australia dominated world cricket for 15 years from the early 1990's until 2009. There was plenty of sledging against the aussies during the last ashes in England and nobody complained. Besides they also had to cop a lot of flak from the English media and past English test cricketers which I reckon spurred the team to thrash the poms 5-0 in the last ashes series in Australia.

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  • izzidole on March 9, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    I didn't know that sledging is also prevalent in club cricket in Australia. When the aussie cricket team wasn't doing too well during the last four years or so no one complained . When they start winning matches once again and look dangerous then allegations of sledging and other accusations begin to be levelled against the team from opposing teams and some frustrated cricket fans. The same situation prevailed earlier when Australia dominated world cricket for 15 years from the early 1990's until 2009. There was plenty of sledging against the aussies during the last ashes in England and nobody complained. Besides they also had to cop a lot of flak from the English media and past English test cricketers which I reckon spurred the team to thrash the poms 5-0 in the last ashes series in Australia.

  • on March 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Sledging is part of cricket at all levels in Australia. But we try to inject humour as well, it's not all about breaking arms. A

  • jmcilhinney on March 9, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @Benn Glazier on (March 9, 2014, 5:42 GMT), that's because there aren't many players who can actually make the opposition fear them but anyone can humiliate the opposition if they strike the right chord. It's not about having a laugh with someone; it's about having a laugh at someone. Some might consider that even worse. I have no illusions about cricket being a gentleman's game or that Australia are the only team that have something to say but I find it all rather pathetic from anyone at any level. It's most visible from fast bowlers and I think they look quite stupid standing on the pitch staring down a batsman and telling him what they're going to do rather than just doing it.

  • Baundele on March 9, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    What is James' problem with Dhaka? Dhaka offers a huge cricket fan base, and it must be a great experience for a cricketer to play his first international match in front of such a huge crowd.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on March 9, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Sledging happens in all grades all over Australia. I think the difference is in Australia, we all cop sledging on the chin, we don't take it to heart or find it overly offensive. It's just some banter which happens between friends as well, it's part of the culture. At an international level, it's a different story, some countries don't have any sledging domestically and so when it happens at international level, players take it differently and can get offended.

    What is seen as rude in some countries is not rude in other countries. The best thing to do is not take any notice of it. When Kohli showed his dislike towards the Australian players on the last tour to Australia. The more he copped it from the players and the crowds.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Oh, please. Sledging is hugely prevalent at every level of club cricket in Australia. Whether or not it's at all witty depends on the sledger.

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    The sledging as crossed the line it's gone from banter to abuse...Eventually all it will spur on is trouble in the field because all it needs is one player to take exception & hit out...then it will be a whole new ball game.

  • dunger.bob on March 9, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney : I played cricket in Aus. for 25 years (low level though) and I found most of the sledging laughable. It was usually something like 'keep your fingers warm, there'll be something coming soon', or 'jeez, there's a lot of red on the edge of that bat'. I got sledged when I was bowling to, but that's understandable. I also once got sledged by a toddler, but I reckon his dad put him up to that. .. my long winded point is that the ' broken effing arm' business was as extreme as it was rare. Most successful sledgers are far more subtle than that and besides, I never reacted to it and it just went away. .. It's how we seem to do it mate. Sorry if it offends but it's just the way we are. No countries perfect I suppose.

  • DalesGuy on March 9, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    'It was not the best place in the world'. For this mindset and myopic view, I hope he never plays Test again!

  • on March 9, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Sometimes sledging easily can backfire. Sarwan-McGrath incident is a perfect example. And not to mention how Mark Waugh ended up with a red face after an English player returned him a favour with "at least I'm the best cricketer in my family".