England v Australia, 4th NatWest ODI, Cardiff September 13, 2013

Tredwell prepared for another onslaught

With short, straight boundaries and an Australia side with the bit between their teeth James Tredwell is ready to face another onslaught when he is given the ball at the SWALEC Stadium on Saturday.

England have only bowled once during this series, when they conceded 315 at Old Trafford, and the innings was notable for how Australia targeted Tredwell whose eight overs cost 60 for the reward of one wicket. The new-look England team, with Ben Stokes as the third seamer, adds greater onus on Tredwell and the way he was attacked by Australia's top order in Manchester put huge pressure on Eoin Morgan.

But one tough day in the field is not going to knock Tredwell off his stride after an outstanding Champions Trophy where he ensured Graeme Swann's various absences through injury were barely noticed. It could even be argued that Tredwell has done enough over the last 12 months to be considered England's No. 1 one-day spinner.

"It seemed to be as soon as I came on they were gunning for me," he said. "They came pretty hard in that game, pretty much a plan by the looks of it. On another day, it might have been 3 for 20 after those four overs. When they come hard like that, it obviously gives me a chance to take wickets as well. The other day, they came off. I hope it will be my day at some stage in this series. Certainly one end here is pretty short. I'll stay away from that one."

That phlegmatic attitude to his lot as a spinner in the modern one-day game - highlighting the advantage of picking experienced domestic cricketers - helps Tredwell to overcome his difficult days.

"You tend to get hit for a few sixes. You've got to take that on the chin, put that behind you and try to beat them the next time - that's the way I look at it. Sometimes it's horrible, depending on who's at the other end. But if someone is taking a chance, then it's giving you one."

And if there was a major one-day final on the horizon, with Swann fit and available, is there now a serious question for the selectors to answer? "I'd like to think my name would be in the hat. I think I've put in the performances to be there or thereabouts. The decision wouldn't be mine. I think I've done pretty well over the last little period. I need to keep that going."

Although Andy Flower has said Monty Panesar will be considered for the Ashes tour despite his troubled end to the season, if it is decided that he cannot be taken on the trip Tredwell could yet be the second spinner behind Swann. Simon Kerrigan's horrid debut at The Oval is likely to have ruled him out - although a Lions spot should allow him to continue his development - while there are few other realistic options around the county game.

"It's always nice to be around the environment, and if you do the right things you can put your name in the ring," Tredwell said. ""The last 12 months have been fantastic for me in this form of the game, and I just want that to continue. But it's a totally different form of the game, so that's out of my hands really. It's evident for all to see there are opportunities available, and you just try to do your best and hope your name gets picked out."

Andrew McGlashan is an senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • landl47 on September 14, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Tredwell's a canny and experienced bowler and he'll always turn in a professional performance. However, he's no Graeme Swann. I'm not sure what statistics you're looking at, Mitty, but Swann's ODI record is much better than Tredwell's- a 4.54 economy rate aginst 4.82 for Tredwell.

    Stokes is a very useful young cricketer. His bowling is sharp and for the most part accurate. His lack of experience means that he tends to get a bit flustered if he's put under pressure, but at 22 he's got lots of time to put that right. It's just that he should be 4th seamer in an ODI team instead of 3rd. In a couple of years I like his chances to be the genuine allrounder England needs.

  • HatsforBats on September 13, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I didn't watch any of the Champions Trophy but I'm a bit confused by the plaudits Tredwell has been receiving. One good game against SA but otherwise going @ 5-6+ per over and taking only one wicket per game? Doesn't sound outstanding. Was he bowling well but just unlucky? Someone let me know please.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 13, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Spinners will get hit for a few sixes in virtually every game - but look at which style of bowlers are mostly dominating the ranking tables in the shorter formats! Hitting out is a big risk, and as Tredwell says Australia got away with it at OT. A second spinner in all formats for England these days is treated like a spare tyre - pretty much just a passenger and only considered if something goes very badly wrong. I don't know if Tredwell is up to tests, but he's certainly one of the first bowlers down on my short-format teams and I long for the days England try him in tandem with Swann or even Briggs more. A 3-bowler attack is unlikely to ever work for England - especially with only the likes of Stokes as the third seamer.