Tredwell stakes his claim for a Test place in Bangladesh

Monday 8th March 2010

Kent off-spin bowler James Tredwell (pictured) staked a huge claim to win his first-test cap after a six-wicket haul helped England bowl out Bangladesh A for 202 on the opening day of their final warm-up match before the First Test on Friday in Chittagong.

On the second-day Jonathan Trott pressed his claims to keep his place in the side as he struck an unbeaten century and, with the help of Matt Prior“s brisk 73, England were able to declare on 281 for seven. Second time around, Bangladesh A finished the day on 131 for three as Tredwell again got amongst the wickets; picking up two victims.

The 28 year-old was selected as the sole spinner as Graeme Swann was rested and the Kent-man didn“t disappoint. He reeled off 27 consecutive overs from one end and the Bangladesh second-string side, apart from Raqibul Hasan (107 not out), had no answer. Tredwell came into the attack with the home side on 48 for one but they soon had opener Shamsur Rahman caught at short-leg for 21. The prize wicket of captain Mohammad Ashraful soon followed and the spinner again had Ian Bell to thank as he pouched another catch at short-leg as Ashraful departed for one. Tredwell then collected his third wicket as Shuvagoto Hom attempted an expansive heave but holed out to Steven Finn for nine. Finn, another player attempting to catch the selectors“ eye, then got in on the act himself as he had both Saghir Hossain and Dolar Mahmud caught behind. As Raqibul ran out of partners he started to blaze his way to a century, and on his way there he cracked three sixes. Tredwell continued to twirl away and he soon had the Bangladeshi tail accounted for as he finished with impressive figures of six for 95. With England likely to play two spinners in the First Test, he must surely be on his way to his first cap.

England ended day one on 68 for three as Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook and former-Kent man Michael Carberry all failed to gain valuable time in the middle. However, on day two, Trott took the chance to shine. Firstly he teamed up with Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell as the pair put-on 96 for the fourth wicket before Bell was out leg before to Mehrab Hossain jnr for 47. That brought Prior to the crease and he cracked a 71-ball 73 to prove his form ahead of the First Test. While this was going on, Trott completed his entertaining century before he finally retired on 107; after striking 14 boundaries in his 134-ball stay. Tredwell had a chance to show what he could do with the bat but fell for a duck, before getting back to his main job with the ball as England declared on 281 for seven.

As Bangladesh A opened their second innings the English seam bowlers proved to be ineffective before Tredwell was introduced and he was immediately amongst the wickets. Firstly he had Shamsur Rahman caught behind for 23 and then a couple of overs later he dismissed Hossain jnr for four with Cook taking the catch at slip as Bangladesh ended the day on 131 for three, with Raqibul impressing again as he finished unbeaten on fifty. Tredwell finished another productive day“s work with figures of two for 50 from his 16 overs.

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