James Tredwell believes that his breakthrough tour of Bangladesh was also the biggest test yet of his mental resolve to get to the top.
The 28-year-old Kent off spinner was so “mortified” at being left out of England’s first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month that he said it would have been easy to have let his disappointment get the better of him.
“I was expecting to play in the first Test, but then the decision was made to go in with just four frontline bowlers, and with Graeme Swann as the only spinner, and it was a big blow for me.
“But I decided to look at it as a test of my mental strength, and I continued to work hard and hope that I would get my chance in the second and final Test instead,” he said.
After being away with England for four months overall, first in South Africa and then in Dubai and Bangladesh, Tredwell was finally given a Test debut – at Dhaka – and responded with six wickets in the match and a handy 37 from number ten in the England victory which wrapped up the series 2-0.
“It was obviously a proud moment for me, and for my family, and I was happy that I had the chance to show what I can do with both bat and ball. Then, to come home and learn last week that I have been selected in England’s squad for the ICC World Twenty20 was another big boost for me.”
Tredwell has yet to play a Twewnty20 international, but did make his 50-over one-day international debut earlier on England’s tour to Bangladesh and has shone for Kent in both forms of the limited-overs game.
He added: “Overall, I feel I have learned an awful lot while being away with England this last winter, and from chatting and working with all the players and from watching Graeme Swann in particular. He has had a phenomenal last year or so, and he has shown just what an off spinner can do at the top level.
“I’m a few years younger than him, so it is up to me to learn from him and to try to improve myself still further.
“As I prepare to go away to the World Twenty20, where hopefully England will want to play both Swanny and myself in at least some of the games, I also want to help Kent to start the new season well.
“Playing for my county, and performing consistently and well, is what got me into the England squad in the first place and I have much to thank Kent and county cricket for in terms of the structure and opportunity that has enabled me to work and improve.
“Being an England cricketer brings with it a real responsibility to keep doing the things that made me one, and I intend to work harder than ever now that I have achieved that ambition.”