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James Tredwell can be Test spinner for England

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With the County Championship still a month away from starting, England's limited overs tour of the West Indies is providing the best showcase for Test hopefuls to perform and James Tredwell is taking his chance. 

Pundits and experts are scratching their heads at how best to fill the massive void in the Test side left after Graeme Swann's retirement.

Before Swann flew away, and even after it, many hopefuls have been tested in the international side and Tredwell seems to be the only mainstay.

He may only have one Test cap and the Kent off-spinner has his doubters, at 32 ,it's fair to say that he isn't everybody's cup of tea.

Those that claim age is an issue will point to the likes of Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs and Simon Kerrigan as the best shouts to be picked in the summer when Sri Lanka and India visit.

However the common theme with those three is that they are yet to adapt to this level. All have been carted around at one point or another and none have produced match-winning displays.

That's not to say that they cannot play again, though, they have huge potentials. They just need a little more experience under their belts, maybe another two years or so.

For that two year period, Tredwell is the man to step up. That would only take him up to 34, Swann and Ashley Giles, England's two most recent successful twirlers have flourished in their thirties. 

Of course he has experienced some tap, but unlike the others he has put in some match-winning displays for his country.

In the West Indies, as the sole senior spinner, and example to spinning all-rounders such as Moeen Ali, Stephen Parry and Joe Root, Tredwell has performed superbly.

In the ODI series win he kept his averages below four-an-over in each of the three ties whilst picking up three wickets along the way.

Furthermore in the recent T20, he picked up - not for the first time - the wicket of six-hitting world superstar Chris Gayle. 

Tredwell's form wasn't dazzling in four-day Cricket for his county last year, which is a concern.

But now he has relinquished the captaincy of the division two strugglers to focus on his country, red-ball form should see an upturn now.

This is a man who is desperate to play for England and should be allowed to do so.

His game may not be action-filled and full of constant scalps but Swann's best attribute was his ability to hold up one end of accurate and hard-to-hit bowling. There is nobody better than Tredwell on the county circuit at doing at. 

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