Kent spinner relishing chance
James Tredwell hopes his performance against Bangladesh A will put him in contention for a Test call-up.
Last Updated: 07/03/10 3:42pm
James Tredwell hopes his impressive performance for England against Bangladesh A will put him in contention for a call-up to the Test team.
The off-spinner claimed figures of 6-95 as the tourists bowled out their opponents for 202 on the first day of the three-day tour match.
The 28-year-old has been involved in two previous England tours but this was his first chance to show his worth.
Although Tredwell recognises Graeme Swann is still the squad's premier spinner, he hopes the selectors have taken note of his display.
"Obviously you want to come into these games and bowl well and hopefully I did that," he said.
"I maintained a consistent line and length, got a few revolutions on the ball and found that bit of turn.
"This is my third tour and this is my first game (in the longer format). So it's nice to get out in the middle and show what I can do.
"Swanny is obviously going to play in the first Test because he's done very well in the last 12 months and now hopefully I've just put myself out there for selection."
Another failure from Kevin Pietersen during England's first innings stole some of the headlines away from Tredwell's performance.
However, the Kent player is sure that Pietersen will be quick to turn his worrying spell of form around.
"Kevin is a top batsman, we know that, and I don't think a couple of low scores should affect that," he said after England reached 68-3 at stumps.
"He actually (made scores) in the two Twenty20s in Dubai. He's obviously hitting the ball well and we know he'll keep working hard.
"I'm sure a big score will be just around the corner."
Tredwell also revealed his pleasure at being able to bowl on a turning wicket and insisted that his county days had prepared him well for the pressure of being the side's go-to bowler.
"It's nice to see the ball do a bit for you whether you're a seamer or a spinner, so it was nice to see it going sideways," he added.
"But I think we come across the pressure sometimes in county cricket, too.
"Whenever you come across a wicket that turns, then that is your job: to bowl the other team out.
"That is going to be the case in these games and they are the kind of conditions you want to be up against.
"Bangladesh's strength is spin bowling so they'll want it to turn a bit, so I think we'll see more (turning pitches)."