James Tredwell finally got his opportunity

James Tredwell finally got his opportunity in the longest form of the game too as he was able to break into the playing XI of England for the first test match against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

Tredwell has always been seen as a specialist limited over bowler for some reason despite the fact that he has got the ability to bowl slow through the air and defeat the batsman with flight.

Normally, while picking a bowler for test match cricket, you see if he is skilful enough to force the batsmen to commit mistakes or he just bowls darts.

You don’t want a darting sort of a bowler simply because test Cricket is more about skills than anything else and you cannot hide yourself in it by taking a defensive route with the ball.

However, Tredwell is somebody who ticks the first box. He has got a lot of skills and he deserved to make his debut in white clothing for England after the retirement of Graeme Swann.

But, during the home season the previous year, England preferred to go with an all pace attack and used Moeen Ali as the part time off spinner and since, they fetched good results with that combination, they carried on with it all the way through.

In West Indies though, playing 4 seam bowlers is a little difficult as the pitches are slow and the overhead conditions don’t allow the ball to move that much in the air either.

And, you don’t expect Moeen to do the job as a specialist spinner. He is coming back into the squad from an injury as well. So, Tredwell finally, after a long wait, was given his first cap.

Now, it’s up to him to ensure that he is consistent in the ongoing series and is able to book his place in the playing XI for the starting Ashes games too.