The Ashes 2013-14 December 23, 2013

Borthwick, Tredwell added to England Test squad

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Durham legspinner Scott Borthwick and James Tredwell, the Kent offspinner, have been added to the England Test squad for the remainder of the Ashes. The spinners were named in the squad following Graeme Swann's retirement from international cricket.

Borthwick is expected to arrive in Melbourne on Monday and will be available for selection for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Tredwell will join the team during the fourth Ashes Test.

During a press conference announcing his retirement, Swann had picked Borthwick as a future Test cricketer saying that the legspinner "had a bit of x-factor" and could contribute with the bat.

Borthwick had significant performances during Durham's County Championship Division One victory earlier this year, scoring 1022 runs in 16 games - the leading run-getter for Durham - and taking 28 wickets at an average of 38. In 59 first-class matches since his debut for Durham in 2009, Borthwick has scored 2322 runs at an average of 30.96 and has taken 110 wickets at 31.29.

The legspinner made his ODI debut for England in 2011 against Ireland and played one more game against India. He has also played one Twenty20 international for England in 2011.

Although Tredwell has played just one Test - against Bangladesh in 2010, where he finished with match figures of 6 for 181 - the Kent offspinner has been seen as an understudy to Swann. He was a part of the England Test squads on the tours to Sri Lanka in March 2012 and India in December 2012.

Tredwell played 15 of England's 22 ODIs in 2013, taking 25 wickets at an average of 22.36, including 11 wickets in the ODIs against India in January 2013. His overall ODI record stands at 36 wickets from 24 ODIs.

The offspinner made his T20 debut for England against India last year and has since played seven games, including one - against New Zealand in June 2013 - as captain of the England side.

In 140 first-class games, Tredwell has taken 352 wickets at an average of 35.75 and scored 3837 runs.

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  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I think Scott Borthwick is very talented but living in Australia I have only watched him on TV he seems to be a good batsman had s geat season in the county championship this season with over 1000 runs and he looks like a good leg spinner who needs to work on his control

  • Mike on December 24, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Borthwick doesn't play on a particularly helpful pitch in Durham, though when he does he can be lethal. Also this was his first season batting up the order and he responded with 4 centuries and over a thousand runs.

    Australian pitches don't suit Monty's style and he is a problem in the field. Borthwick gives you runs,a safe pair of hands and a good bowling option, not to mention a glimpse of the future.

    If England don't play him now then when? We've been short of runs and dropping catches, particularly when Monty played. I'd advocate two spinners with Stokes in the side but Borthwick would be my first pick of the two.

  • Roo on December 24, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @maximum6 - "I do hope this will be the only instance of back to back Ashes series ever". You do seem to have a very short memory or must be new to cricket...

    From 1879 to 1888 we played each other every year either home or away, then by 1902 we played both home & away in the same year & number of times since then. It wasn't until the 1990's that we started getting a 2 year gap in playing each other.

    As for Oz being cannon fodder - lol - well you only had 1 convincing win out of 5 in Eng while we've had 3 in a row... Hmmm - seeing as everyone was saying this is the worse Oz team in history 6 mths ago while it was Eng greatest team of all time, I'd say that I'm very comfortable supporting the weakest Oz team of all time... lol...

  • david on December 24, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    England's batsmen, fielders and bowlers have been their Achilles heal. They have relied too much on James Anderson, which was naive considering his form in the previous series. It dropped off significantly. Broad is a champion and at his peak. Anderson is on the wane. They needed support players to come in and rest Anderson in Perth. I don't know what happened to Steve Finn, as he was a fantastic bowler from what I saw of him, he had a McGrath type quality, tall and straight.

    Now, when they lost Trott and Swann, they should have replaced with a spinner and a batsmen. Selecting two average spinners, Borthwick & Tredwell is a mistake...and somewhat bizarre considering they already have Panesar in the squad. You would think they would have jumped at the opportunity to send Graham Onions.

  • Peter on December 23, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    No spinners England??? Watch the wickets in England green up now. The last ashes series in England was an appalling use of dead wickets based on Swann's superiority over left hand Aussie batsmen. What strategy is left to Flower now? You have 2 years - better get the garden hose out.

  • Randolph on December 23, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    You know your options are thin if these are your replacements. Not looking good at all for the United XI.

  • Ed on December 23, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Incredible that so few spinners are coming through the system. Terrible England management. All that money and resources and here we are.....clutching at straws as to who will replace Swann. Pathetic.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Adil Rashid has had a rough deal from England. It's quite a task to be a leg sopinner at Headingly as it is at Durham but a qualiity leg spinner used properly is a great advantage. Australia use the awful Smith part time and South Africa the only marginally better Tahir as a specialist as they know that leg spin can be very effective at the right time. However, Rashid isn't there and we really need to see if Borthwick has what it takes. Pressure really separates the ordinary from the special and there is only one way to find that out. You cannot teach bottle but you soon know if it isn't there (Kerrigan) whereas Botham thrived from day one in the test match arena.

  • Jason on December 23, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @jevans90, I'm not saying he isnt an option or a long term prospect, just that in context his figures arnt as good as they are made out to be.

    I think he was overawed by the big occasion at the oval. There are others Briggs, Rafiq, Brothwick, and Rashid, the last two could be classed as genuine allrounders as they can certainly handle a bat.

    So that effectively gives us a stock of Kerrigan, Briggs, Borthwick, Rafiq as spin options,

  • Jason on December 23, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    @cricketcricket1987, Rashid is only 25/6, he had a bad patch at yorkshire a year or two ago where his future was in doubt. Since then hes got his batting back on track, but could really benefit from working with someone like Mushtaq Ahmed.

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