Tred­well omis­sion good news for Key

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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

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