Tredwell expects squad omission
JAMES Tredwell is bracing himself for disappointment when England name their Test squad for New Zealand tomorrow.
With Graeme Swann rested and Monty Panesar not considered for limited-overs cricket, Tredwell has performed superbly in the one-day series against India this month.
In the first three ODIs the 30-year-old has taken seven wickets at 17.28 and is also his side's cheapest bowler with an economy rate of 4.48 an over Coming in a series where Indian batsmen, notoriously good players of spin, have prospered, that amounts to an admirable effort.
But the success enjoyed by Swann and Panesar in the victorious Test tour before Christmas mean it is unlikely to be enough to sway the selectors.
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Tredwell was belatedly added to the squad for the third and fourth matches of that series but England are likely to revert to Swann as a solo spinner in New Zealand, with Panesar as back-up.
It is a bitter pill for Tredwell given his recent displays, but he accepts the challenge he faces.
"Swanny is a fine performer and Monty did really well in the Test tour. I guess they are the guys in possession in the Test arena," he conceded on the eve of the fourth ODI in Mohali.
"Those two guys did fantastically well before Christmas and it's tough to leave them out.
"If I keep knocking on the door, that's all I can do. I'm pretty close, I would hope.
"To play these few one-dayers has given me great confidence, having done so well, and that gives me great belief I can do it at all levels – whether that's Twenty20 or Tests.
"I've been around the set-up a few years now, in and out, and I feel very much part of it. Hopefully I've shown what I can do in the last couple of games."
Tredwell, it seems, is resigned to missing out on the New Zealand Tests but he believes chances will come his way eventually.
The ECB are keen not to run their players into the ground in the increasingly relentless international schedules and Tredwell is happy to be a beneficiary of that.
"Who knows, there may be other opportunities around the corner, in all forms of the game," said Tredwell.
"For players who play all formats now, the schedule is very hectic. Not only physically but mentally.
"If people new a break of need to spend time with their families or have injury concerns, (rotation) is a sensible thing to do."