James Tredwell is comfortable leading England's spin attack in India
Spinner James Tredwell is relishing his chance to shine in the one-day international series against India.
Last Updated: 12/01/13 9:54am
The 30-year-old has found opportunities limited for England as understudy to Graeme Swann but with the number one rested this month Tredwell has become the tourists' chief spinner.
And he stepped up to the plate in the series opener in Rajkot as England claimed a nine-run success, taking 4-44 as India came up short.
And he admitted the wickets were merely a bonus as the England attack tried to stem the flow of runs.
"I have an opportunity here to play a few games and show what I can do and hopefully keep my hat in the ring," said Tredwell.
"I was just trying to stem the flow of runs and build up pressure on the batsmen, not allow them to swing the ball over the top but it is pleasing to take wickets in a game like this.
"I guess they do mean more, because India are notoriously good players of spin but any international player you come up against is going to be a good player so to get any of them out is a string to your bow."
Asked if the success of Swann and slow left-armer Monty Panesar in the 2-1 Test victory had inspired him, Tredwell added: "Absolutely. You see them and you want to emulate them, but one-day cricket is completely different so it's a different set of skills and a different approach.
"The way I look at it is I have to keep improving, putting performances in when I do get the chance and show what I can do in training.
"Hopefully I can get a few games along the way."