Kent off spinner James Tredwell is hoping to be thrust into the England spotlight over the coming days and weeks as he looks to step up his involvement in the one-day international team.
A potentially serious knee problem for first-choice spinner Graeme Swann, who is expected to be sidelined for at least a fortnight, led to Tredwell’s first meaningful action on the winter tour of Australia when he was selected for England’s second Commnwealth Bank Series match in Hobart.
He bowled eight overs for 44 runs, and later scored 16 as England went down by 46 runs. Tredwell, however, was then left out of the third game, in Sydney, which England also lost to go 3-0 down in the seven-match series.
Swann’s misfortune came just hours after Tredwell was named in England’s final 15-man squad to contest the World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19.
Commenting on Tredwell’s World Cup selection, Kent director of cricket Paul Farbrace said: “I am delighted that James has been named. He has continued to work hard and deserves his selection.
“To be selected for a World Cup is a great achievement. Everybody at Kent is pleased and it will also hopefully help to inspire our young players coming through.”
Echoing those sentiments, Kent’s chairman of cricket and one-time county spinning all-rounder Graham Johnson added: “This is fantastic news for James. It just goes to show that you get your rewards if you keep performing well.”
England kick off their World Cup campaign on February 22 with a group B fixture against the Netherlands in Nagpur, India.