England spinner James Tredwell has completed a month-long loan move to Sussex, enabling him to get some County Championship playing time under his belt during the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka, according to BBC Sport.
Tredwell’s move won’t be too far – or too much hassle – as he joins from neighbours, Kent. The right arm bowler has signed a deal that will allow him to play four-day matches under Ed Joyce’s captaincy, but he will still represent his parent club in limited-overs competitions.
This season, the 32-year-old has struggled to force his way into the Spitfires’ side. Since the second game of the Championship season, Adam Riley has forced his way into the limelight at the St Lawrence Ground.
A host of mature performances from the fellow spinner has displaced the former Kent captain in the four-day format.
Tredwell has continued to excel in the shorter versions of the game, but – even by his own admission – saturation of one-day cricket has hampered his form in the purists’ game. Plenty of playing time with the red ball is just what the left-handed batsman needs if he is to give himself half a chance of winning future Test caps.
The retirement of Graeme Swann and issues concerning Monty Panesar has temporarily left England without a frontline spinner. If Peter Moores decides that he no longer wants to rely on part-time bowlers, then Tredwell would be amongst those considered for a call-up.
He has now made more than 50 appearances for England across all three formats, but has only played in one Test match.
An impressive haul of 52 ODI wickets from 36 games, at an average below 25, proves that Tredwell has the pedigree to perform on the international stage, it is now just a question of whether or not he can replicate that with a red ball.
The move across the Weald of Kent and the South Downs will also enable the spinner to play Division One cricket – a luxury that he hasn’t been afforded for some time with Kent.
Performing against the country’s best batsmen will be a challenge, but one which could reinvigorate the 32-year-old. Consistently taking wickets domestically can help his case to push for a Test recall. If some rhythm for his action can be rediscovered, then there is no reason why the off-spinner can’t wear an all-white England kit once again.
Kent have the option to recall Tredwell at any time during the loan spell, but he could make his Sussex debut against Yorkshire, at Arundel, on June 16.
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