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Tredwell to make most of opportunity
James Tredwell is relishing his moment in the sun after helping bowl England to victory in the first one-day international against India.
The 30-year-old off-spinner often has to settle for his role as deputy to first-choice Graeme Swann. As such, he has found opportunities limited since his international debut almost three years ago in Bangladesh, but with Swann among those rested this month he is enjoying a rare stint as the team's senior spinner.
"I have an opportunity here to play a few games and show what I can do and hopefully keep my hat in the ring," said Tredwell. "I was just trying to stem the flow of runs and build up pressure on the batsmen, not allow them to swing the ball over the top but it is pleasing to take wickets in a game like this."
Tredwell is cut from an entirely different cloth to his extrovert team-mate, but has frequently been impressive when called on by his country.
Fifteen wickets at 25.40 in 10 ODIs and an economy rate comfortably below five an over indicate a reliable performer, and his career-best figures of four for 44 in the nine-run win in Rajkot were a match-winning turn.
Tredwell added: "I guess they do mean more, because India are notoriously good players of spin but any international player you come up against is going to be a good player so to get any of them out is a string to your bow."
Asked if the success of Swann and slow left-armer Monty Panesar in the 2-1 Test victory had inspired him, Tredwell added: "Absolutely. You see them and you want to emulate them, but one-day cricket is completely different so it's a different set of skills and a different approach.
"The way I look at it is I have to keep improving, putting performances in when I do get the chance and show what I can do in training. Hopefully I can get a few games along the way."
Tredwell may enjoy a lower-profile than some of his more celebrated team-mates, but there is no doubting how much he is appreciated within the dressing room.
England fly to Kochion Saturday, ahead of the second ODI on Tuesday.