Tredwell hoping to take his chance

Blackpool Citizen: James Tredwell, pictured, is hoping to get a Test chance following Graeme Swann's retirement James Tredwell, pictured, is hoping to get a Test chance following Graeme Swann's retirement

James Tredwell is under no illusions about the size of the task awaiting England's spinners as they look to replace the retired Graeme Swann.

The shock exit of England's sixth highest wicket-taker, mid-way through an increasingly traumatic Ashes tour, has left the selectors with a huge hole to fill at 3-0 down with two Tests still to play.

Monty Panesar travelled down under as Swann's deputy and joined him in a losing side at Adelaide, but an SOS has also been sent to Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent tweaker Tredwell.

Borthwick, who has been playing Grade cricket in Sydney, will be available for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, with limited-overs mainstay Tredwell joining up in time for the series finale in Sydney.

That leaves England with three viable alternatives by the end of the series but Tredwell insists the challenge of matching Swann, who claimed 255 wickets in 60 matches, is a daunting one.

"I've shown what I can do over the last few months, certainly in the one-day game, and I've played a Test before, so I think I've proved I can do it at this level," the 31-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"But it's about showing you can do it over a period of time. It's not going to be easy to emulate Swanny's feats over the last few years, but it's there for someone like myself to put my hand up.

"There's no doubt his accomplishments are vast and to fill those shoes will be quite difficult but that is the challenge of sport.

"A lot of people compare him to (England's most prolific spinner) Derek Underwood and the feats he accomplished...for him to put in the match-winning performances he has over his England career is something to behold and it's going to be a real challenge for the next person."

With Borthwick still relatively raw, Tredwell is in no doubt who will get the first chance to stake their claim but has promised to do what he can to press his own case.

"Monty is obviously in the box seat at the moment and he is going to get the first opportunity," said Tredwell.

"(But) I'm there for the fifth Test in Sydney and that can be the ground in Australia that can turn at times. I'm just going to go out there and do what I can to put my name in the ring and see what comes.

"If you get that opportunity you want to take it with both hands and make contributions to a winning team."

Tredwell, who has successfully stood in for Swann with the white ball in the past - taking 36 one-day wickets at 24.88 - was keen to play down suggestions of a dressing room rift.

He may not be in Australia at present, but he has been around often enough to believe Swann's comments about certain international players being "up their own backsides" was not aimed at his own colleagues.

"Sometimes you get in a scenario in a press conference or interview when you say odd little phrases that get construed the wrong way," Tredwell said.

"The England cricket team over the last however many years, when it has been very successful, has had cohesion in the group.

"I can't see that being an issue."

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