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James Tredwell eying England Test spot

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England limited-overs spinner, James Tredwell, is still holding onto the hope of also representing his country in the Test arena.

The former Kent captain has won more than 50 international caps, but only one of those has come in the five-day format of the game.

He was given a chance on a tour of Bangladesh in 2010, and took six wickets in his solitary Test match. However, he hasn’t since been afforded the opportunity to play the purest form of cricket.

With Graeme Swann retiring over the winter, there is currently a vacancy in the England dressing room for a spin bowler, and Tredwell’s continued involvement in international one-day cricket is a major factor that could provide him with another Test cap this summer.

Speaking to reporters, the left-handed batsman said: "I'm the guy who is in front of the coaches and Cooky day-in, day out and hopefully the way I go about it and the things I do in training and matches keep my name out there.

"I guess it's not ideal I haven't been playing four-day cricket, but I'm in front of them and hopefully that stands me in decent stead."

Having played in 20 of England’s last 23 ODIs, it is fair to say that he has become an international regular. Out-smarting the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in the ongoing series with Sri Lanka will have also boosted his profile and reputation.

A lack of four-day cricket at county level has proven to be a difficult stumbling block for the 32-year-old to try to overcome though.

Inconsistent form has handed the opportunity for Adam Riley to become Kent’s frontline spinner this summer, whilst involvement with England has hindered the rhythm that Tredwell may have otherwise rediscovered.

The spinner added: "Coming back into the four-day game is not always easy to switch from one to the other.

“When you are involved in one-day stuff you fully immerse yourself in that, so to be able to slip from one to the other I've found particularly difficult so we all felt I needed some time to get my mind and technique right."

It transpired that holding onto the Kent captaincy was one responsibility too many last year, and the role of coin caller was once again bestowed onto Rob Key over the winter months.

But now that he can take a step back and work even harder on his action, the spinner might not be too far away from a Test recall.

He will face competition from the likes of Monty Panesar and Scott Borthwick, but has a real chance of making a return, if he can find a bit of form in the longer versions of the game.

His continued involvement during the ODI series with Sri Lanka make that solution more challenging though.

A return to Kent’s County Championship side will provide him with some much required red ball practice.

Tredwell’s 49 ODI wickets at an average of just 25 are proof that he isn’t overawed by bowling to some of the best batsmen on the planet, and it would be great for England if he could replicate that form in Test cricket.

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