Tredwell expects Test omission
James Tredwell is bracing himself for disappointment when England name their Test squad for New Zealand on Thursday.
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With Graeme Swann rested and Monty Panesar not considered for limited-overs cricket, Tredwell has performed superbly in the one-day series against India this month.
In the first three ODIs the 30-year-old has taken seven wickets at 17.28 and is also his side's cheapest bowler with an economy rate of 4.48 an over Coming in a series where Indian batsmen, notoriously good players of spin, have prospered, that amounts to an admirable effort.
But the success enjoyed by Swann and Panesar in the victorious Test tour before Christmas mean it is unlikely to be enough to sway the selectors.
Tredwell was belatedly added to the squad for the third and fourth matches of that series but England are likely to revert to Swann as a solo spinner in New Zealand, with Panesar as back-up.
It is a bitter pill for Tredwell given his recent displays, but he accepts the challenge he faces.
"Swanny is a fine performer and Monty did really well in the Test tour. I guess they are the guys in possession in the Test arena," he conceded on the eve of the fourth ODI in Mohali.
"Those two guys did fantastically well before Christmas and it's tough to leave them out.
"If I keep knocking on the door, that's all I can do. I'm pretty close, I would hope.
"To play these few one-dayers has given me great confidence, having done so well, and that gives me great belief I can do it at all levels - whether that's Twenty20 or Tests.
"I've been around the set-up a few years now, in and out, and I feel very much part of it. Hopefully I've shown what I can do in the last couple of games."
Tredwell, it seems, is resigned to missing out on the New Zealand Tests but he believes chances will come his way eventually.
He has a single Test cap to his name, claiming six wickets in Bangladesh in 2010, and believes England's commitment to rotation could be in his favour.
The ECB are keen not to run their players into the ground in the increasingly relentless international schedules and Tredwell is happy to be a beneficiary of that.
"Who knows, there may be other opportunities around the corner, in all forms of the game," said Tredwell.
"For players who play all formats now, the schedule is very hectic. Not only physically but mentally.
"If people new a break of need to spend time with their families or have injury concerns, (rotation) is a sensible thing to do."
More immediately, England look certain to make at least one important change for Wednesday's match.
Back-to-back losses have focused attention on wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, who appears to be struggling with the bat, leaving Somerset team-mate Jos Buttler on hand to make his first ODI appearance with the gloves.
Kieswetter has been first-choice behind the stumps since the end of the 2011 World Cup but a duck last time out in Ranchi seems to have been the final straw.
Kieswetter has batted 12 times since the start of 2012, making no half-centuries and averaging 30.62, while he has yet to fully convince since being moved into the middle-order from opener.
Buttler was involved in thorough wicketkeeping drills on Tuesday, taking catches alongside slips Tredwell and Alastair Cook at the back end of the session.
The 22-year-old played as a specialist batsman in his only previous one-day appearance but was selected behind the stumps for the two Twenty20 matches against India before Christmas.
Tredwell admits changing wicketkeeper mid-series is not the ideal scenario but is confident in Buttler's ability, should he get the nod.
"I guess as a bowler you do like to have a relationship (with the keeper), that's great, but unfortunately in the cut and thrust of sport you don't often get to do it like that," said Tredwell.
"Teams do chop and change. We'll see what happens.
"Jos is a talented boy. I've not seen a lot of him keeping but I've seen him with the bat. I imagine if he's got anywhere near the talent with the gloves that he does with the bat he'll be fine."
Jade Dernbach is also sweating over his place and could be replaced by Stuart Meaker, who offers extra pace on a potentially helpful surface.