India v England: Warm-up losses not ideal, admits James Tredwell
India v England: James Treadwell admits back-to-back losses in the warm-up games is not ideal preparation for the ODI series
James Tredwell has admitted that England’s two warm-up losses is “not ideal” prepartion ahead of Friday’s opening one-day international against India.
The tourists lost by six wickets to a Delhi XI on Tuesday despite positing 294-5 in their allotted overs with the Delhi batsmen racing to victory with nine balls remaining thanks to a stellar innings from Shikhar Darwan, who hit 110, and 21-year-old Milind Kumar (78no).
And with the first ODI looming, Tredwell knows his team-mates will need to make marked improvements if they want to be competitive against the reigning 50-over world champions, India.
“Obviously it is not ideal,” the Kent spinner told the ECB’s site. “We would like to go into these (warm-up) games and win them because that is how we set out to play every game.
“We need to turn it around in the next few days, that is crucial before that first game.”
After Sunday’s loss to India A – a better side on paper than Delhi – England were looking for the batsmen to perform having been bowled out for 175 – which they duly did.
However, England’s bowling attack took just four wickets, with Joe Root collecting his first wicket in national team colours to dismiss the centurion Darwan.
Tredwell believes the bowlers have only got themselves to blame after posting a forceful total.
“Clearly it was quite a good wicket so 294, although is a decent score, it is probably par yet we didn’t hit our lengths consistently enough or our lines to build up enough pressure over a period of time,” added the 30-year-old.
“The result is irrelevant it doesn’t mean a great deal in the grander scheme of things, equally we would have liked to have come out of these games with better performances no doubt.
“We all have obviously have massive pride in our performance so when things don’t quite go to plan we are quite disappointed.”
Tredwell is England’s senior spinner on tour with Graeme Swann rested ahead of a busy international year, which includes back-to-back Ashes series, despite only appearing in nine ODIs.
Having played in both warm-up matches, the off-spinner is happy with his own form going into the series.
“It is coming out of the hand nicely at the moment,” he said. “Personally the form seems pretty good. Obviously I have had the opportunity to play both these games.”
“I was with the Test squad before Christmas so I have been out here a while and got a fair bit of bowling under my belt.”