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James Tredwell looks forward to the second Test from Bangladesh

Friday 19th March 2010

Kent“s newest England international, James Tredwell (pictured), gives his latest thoughts to the website from his hotel room in Bangladesh.

The 28 year-old off-spin bowler missed out on selection in the first Test but is now hoping to feature in the upcoming second and final Test.

Read his personal thoughts below…

Having now moved back to Dhaka from Chittagong, there is a fair amount of good feeling in the camp after getting a good result from the first Test on what was a very benign surface. With this in mind, getting 20 wickets was very difficult and this was compounded by some resolute batting by the home team. My fellow spinner, Graeme Swann, was the major hero with the ball. He put in some sterling effort that put him into the record books.

Obviously there was a bit of personal disappointment as, after the practice game at the same venue – where I took eight wickets in the match, I thought I was in with a good shout of playing that first Test but sadly it wasn“t to be. Since then, I have just been telling myself to keep working hard and do all I can to keep improving. If I don’t get selected then at least I will know I did all I could. This is how I have been approaching my time here and will continue to do so. Hopefully this will benefit me over the long term, if not on this tour. It will certainly benefit me when I return to Kent in a week or so.

However, even with not playing in the first Test I did manage to have a positive impact on it, I’m not talking about mixing the drinks but the catch I took at mid wicket off Graeme Swann! It was a surreal moment as a wicket fell the ball before so I had to run on with drinks for the lads. Alastair Cook needed to go off for some treatment, so I stayed on. It all happened very quickly and I was, as it turned out, only on the field for that ball as Cooky had returned by the time the new batter was at the crease. The catch itself has to rate as one of the better ones over my career but did bring back memories of one I took for Kent second XI at Hastings a few years back. Jonesy (Geraint Jones) actually texted me and mentioned it too as he was playing in that game.

As we are now on the eve of the second Test, I feel my chances are good in terms of getting a go but, I guess, it will depend on several things as to whether we decide to go in with double spin. As I said before I can only concentrate on working hard and if the selection comes it will obviously be amazing.

This tour has actually been really good fun. I won’t lie, I did have some doubts about Bangladesh, as some of the reports I’d heard weren’t great, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Also, with this being my third senior tour, it has been good to get a go in the middle as the games on this tour are the first I have played on a full tour. However there isn’t much to do outside of cricket time so I have been through the whole back catalogue of Blackadder as well as a few other films. All I hope now is that we have a "cunning plan" to play double spin in the next Test to top off what will have been a good tour for me!


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