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Tredwell gives his thoughts on his latest England Lions call

Monday 21st June 2010

Kent“s James Tredwell (pictured), a part of England“s World t20 winning squad, has been named in the England Lions party to take on India A and West Indies A in an upcoming triangular one-day series.

The talented 28 year-old is the sole spinner named in the 12 and is one of many selected that has senior experience, having played one-day and Test-match cricket for his country. Despite losing his place in the senior side, he is confident a fine-showing for the Lions can once again press his claims for a recall to the main side: “I“m pleased to still be in the frame. It is a great boost for me to still be involved. I obviously played a part in all of the winter stuff and that was very enjoyable. They“ve gone with Graeme (Swann) and Mike (Yardy) for the one-day series but, I guess, this shows I am still very much in the loop.”

After returning from the Caribbean with a World Cup winner“s medal, Kent“s off-spinner has returned to the county scene. He remains confident in his abilities and believes his continued England involvement is helping his game: “It“s been a so so season for me. I“ve been quite expensive in the t20 so far and that has been my strength in previous years. Batters are playing it slightly differently this year so I“ve had to readjust my game. Being away for the World t20 made it difficult and, I guess, it has been a little disjointed for me. I think I“ve performed okay with the ball and my batting has gone well. I haven“t worked any harder on things but I“ve focused more on the mental side of it and I“ve gone into games more confident after a good winter. I enjoy being involved with England and I think it has helped me confidence-wise.”

Joining Tredwell in the Lions squad is all-rounder Darren Stevens. The 34 year-old has finally been handed a step on the national team ladder and Tredwell is confident his team-mate will make the most of his opportunity: “Darren has had a magnificent start to the season. It just goes to show that if you perform well consistently at county level then you can put your name in the frame. Hopefully he can continue his good form with the Lions and then come back and enjoy an excellent second-half to the season with Kent.”

With Tredwell being the only spin option in the squad, it is likely he will play an integral role in the Lions side, and that is a challenge that he relishes: “I“m really looking forward to getting involved. First and foremost, it is a shop window for me, a real chance to show what I can do at the next level again. It won“t be easy to perform in these games, because we are coming up against some quality opponents, but we are getting the chance to put our faces out there for higher selection if we successfully come through this challenge.”

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