Tredwell hoping to make England Test debut in series opener

Wednesday 16th December 2009

Kent off-spin bowler James Tredwell (pictured) is standing by to make his England debut in the first test against South Africa, which starts later today at Centurion. The 27 year-old was recently called into the national squad as cover for the injured Graeme Swann.

Swann is suffering with a side injury and missed the second Twenty20 international and the first two 50 over games with the same complaint.

England have yet to name their team for the series opener but Tredwell is clearly hoping to feature: "It would be lovely to make my England debut. If it does happen then it will be a very proud day for me and everyone that has supported me throughout my cricket career.

"It was an honour to be part of the one-day series and I would love to follow it up by making my Test debut. Everyone strives to do the best they can and I’m no different."

Swann will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness and Tredwell is full of admiration for his spin colleague: "Swanny is a good cricketer and he has enjoyed an excellent last 18 months with England. He has put in some top performances and that is something I aspire to do. I’m just hoping I can get my chance and show what I can do. I did really well with the ball last season for Kent so my confidence is high and I would love to get a chance out here in South Africa."

Tredwell has already worn his fresh new England kit in training but cannot wait for that first opportunity to arise out in the middle: "Because I wasn’t in the original party, I was a little late getting here and didn’t get all the gear but it was nice to wear the crest on the chest in practice. As a young cricketer, I dreamed of representing England and now it could happen. It will be a dream for me but I’m not getting ahead of myself. I know a lot of people are backing me from back home. I just cannot wait for the match to begin now and hopefully start my England Test career."