Tredwell omission good news for Key
JAMES TREDWELL’S omission from the England Test squad to face Bangladesh in the First Test at Lord’s this week may have been a blessing in disguise for Kent.
Make no mistake, the county have been in a real spin without him while he was away in the West Indies as a member of England’s World Twenty20 winning squad, going from no-hopers to world champions in the shortest form of the game.
Tredwell has a medal to cherish from the trip to the Caribbean but admitted: “It was tough work sitting on the bench, watching the lads doing so well out in the middle.
“You want to be part of it but that’s what life as a professional sportsman is all about, you have to just get on with it and do your best.
“ I think the warm-up games suggested they might go with Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy.
“With three spinners named in the squad, I had an inkling it could be a left/right combination but all you can to do is try and force your way in. But it wasn’t to be.”
He added: “I try and attack the tours with a view to trying to improve myself as a cricketer and there are some good people to work with, like bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed and the fielding and fitness coaches.
“I’m always looking to add things to my game and hopefully I did that on the trip. We played some good cricket and there are things hopefully I can take from Twenty20 as a whole and use it to help us in the way we play the game at Kent.”
Tredwell enjoyed the moments after beating Australia in the final last week and looked to be one of the first to reach skipper Paul Collingwood after he hit the winning runs.
However he admitted: “I might have been first out the traps but the last to get to him as I’m not the quickest across the ground.
“I tried to stay a little bit out of it having not featured but the boys were good, trying to include every one of us. It was a real squad effort and everyone has to put in their yards, so I still felt part of it which is nice.”
Tredwell missed out on playing in the tournament with Jimmy Anderson and Yorkshire seamer Ajmal Shahzad, both of whom are in the England squad this week.
He said: “Andy Flower has instilled some pretty good ethics into the boys. Everyone understands the situation and I think we are all clever enough to see the team is a winning one and difficult to punch your way into it.”
Flower has spoken about rotating the England squad, resting key players in a busy summer, ahead of defending The Ashes in Australia this winter.
“That could leave the door open for Tredwell to make his home Test debut.
Kent skipper Rob Key said: “It’s bitter sweet for us really. You want your players to play for England and Treddy deserves to but it will weaken us a fair bit.
“If it happens we have to plan around that but Malinga Bandara is here for the rest of the summer and that will make life a lot easier.”
Tredwell linked up with the rest of the squad for a reception with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street on Monday.
James Tredwell is back looking to make an impression for Kent