Preview: England head into 'must-win' clash

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England go into Saturday’s fourth One Day International against Australia in Cardiff knowing they have to win if they are to keep their hopes alive of winning the series.

Two 50-over contests have been washed out due to the rain at Headingley and Edgbaston while the hosts fell to an 88-run defeat at Old Trafford in the only result of the five-match series so far.

If the forecasters are to be believed, the weather will be on England’s side at the Swalec Stadium with only a slim chance of rain intervening the clash which gets under way at 10.15am.

Limited overs head coach Ashley Giles has hinted he could hand debuts to seam bowlers Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton this series and with the balance of the England team up for debate that looks likely in Wales.

Both those bowlers along with powerful all-rounder Luke Wright have not featured against Australia and with only two games remaining they will be hopeful of being called upon either in Cardiff or Monday’s game at Southampton.

One man who has been a constant in the short forms of the game over the last year is Kent spinner James Tredwell. The 31-year-old has been in fine form in the absence of Graeme Swann, the Kent skipper now has 22 ODI and seven T20 caps for his country and speaking to the press ahead of the Cardiff showdown he says he is always striving to improve.

The last 12 months have been fantastic for me in this form of the game, and I just want that to continue," admitted Tredwell.

"It comes from performance. Your standing within the group tends to rise a bit when you put in a few good ones.

"I guess now the hard work really begins. You've had a few goes, done reasonably well, and you need to keep that going really."

Swann is still arguably the front-line spinner for England in all forms of the game but Tredwell feels his consistency means the gap is closer than it ever has been in the past.

"I'd like to think my name would be in the hat.

"I think I've put in the performances to be there or thereabouts. The decision wouldn't be mine. I think I've done pretty well over the last little period. I need to keep that going."

Despite that the slow bowler went for 60 runs in just eight overs in his last outing for his country, taking one wicket. Michael Clarke was the main culprit and attacked him out of the game on his way to a century.

"They came pretty hard (at me) in that game, pretty much a plan by the looks of it," said Tredwell.

"On another day, it might have been three for 20 after those four overs. When they come hard like that, it obviously gives me a chance to take wickets as well."

"You just try to make it as hard for them as possible. You tend to get hit for a few sixes. You've got to take that on the chin, put that behind you and try to beat them the next time - that's the way I look at it.”

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