James Tredwell (centre) believes that England can turn things around in the ODI series against India © PTI
Mohali: Jan 22, 2013
According spinner James Tredwell, England can still stage a comeback in the One-Day series against India despite losing two out of the three games played so far. Tredwell said that the visitors will go into the do-or-die game at Mohali trying to draw inspiration from their first game at Rajkot which the visitors won comfortably.
“Obviously the two defeats are in the back of our minds but I think if you look forward to the result too quickly, then you take your eye off the process.
“I guess we are just going into the game trying to execute our skills as best as we can and if we do that and perform like we did in the first game, there is every chance we can turn them over,” Tredwell said at the pre-match press conference in Mohali on Tuesday.
“We have a point to prove, absolutely. We spoke about it. It can be quite easy in this part of the world that if you get on a bad trot, you can let your heads drop and we can’t allow that to creep in,” he said.
Tredwell said the team played well in the first game in Rajkot and will draw positives from that match rather than think about the poor performances.
“We played really well in the first game. We will try to draw on that performance and try and reach those heights as opposed to dwelling on the poor performances of the last two. We have had a couple of days of good practice and we are going into this one pretty confident,” he said.
Tredwell has been one of the spinners to have done reasonably well in the series so far and he said it has been a good learning experience.
“It’s coming out nicely at the moment. Obviously, it is nice to be out there, first and foremost. And getting a few games under my belt. Thankfully it has gone ok so far but if you rest on that, then you are not looking forward to better things ahead,” he pointed out.
Asked whether the experience of playing in domestic matches back home helped him in this series, he said: “Absolutely. Having played a fair amount of games domestically sort of helps you come across different conditions, different players, different plans. One can bring that into play in these sort of games.”
Tredwell said he would look to force his way back into England’s Test squad by performing consistently in the opportunities he gets.
“That’s all I can do, really [knock on the doors for Test selection]. Obviously Swanny is a fine performer. He is the man in possession and Monty did really well in the tour over here just before Christmas. So I guess they are the guys in the possession in the Test arena but obviously if I can keep knocking on the door, then that’s all I can do.”
“Obviously, to play the ODIs I have played in the last few months has given me great confidence having done so well.
That gives me great belief that I can do it at all levels, T20 or Test cricket. Again, we shall see,” he said.
“Been around the set-up for a few years now, in and out, and I feel very much a part of it. Hopefully I have shown over the past few games what I can do. Who knows it may be opportunities around the corner in all forms of the game,” he said.
On whether there should be a rotation policy for spinners in Tests, he said, “Again, the two guys here before Christmas did fantastically well. It will be tough to leave them out at the moment. So it’s like anything in sport, you have to try and take your chance when it comes. Hopefully I will get my chance and hopefully I can grab it.
“When you come to places like this where a spinner is bowling 30 overs in a day and maybe two-three days on trot.
Over four or five Tests, that can certainly build up. The players, if they are playing all forms, their schedule is very hectic.
“Obviously not only physically, but mentally as well. If people need a break and need to spend time with their families and maybe ease their injury concerns, then that’s a sensible thing to do.”
Asked about the conditions in India, he said, “It’s like we have had four seasons on this tour already. Every ground we come to, it’s slightly different. New challenge, new game.”
On the Mohali track, he said, “Difficult to tell sometimes on these pitches, sometimes they do (turn), sometimes they don’t. We will see.”