James Tredwell is a cult hero, right?

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James Tredwell action shot

We just want to confirm this really. He seems to have all the requisite qualities.

Deluxe Nineties cricketer

Of all England’s current players, James Tredwell is the one we think would have seemed most at home in England teams of the Nineties. He boasts a kind-of-okay first-class record and no discernible unique selling point. He’s a real Mark Ealham/Robert Croft kind of a player. However, unlike most Nineties England cricketers, he seems to do a job, which is a bit of a bonus.

Good-but-not-spectacular returns

And what a job! You want 2-35 off 10 overs against Ireland? Tredders is your man. That’s very useful in a one-day game, but far from being the kind of performance likely to earn you a headline. In short, it’s a perfectly calibrated effort. Top stuff.

Slightly paunchy

Pretty self-explanatory really. Plus he’s slapped back.


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  1. England has set off like a house on fire, in the sense of something going nowhere that is destined to collapse in flames.

    In other news, I’ve found out today that an Englishman by the name of Giffard Le Quesne Martel actually existed. In your face, West Indian cricketers – that’s the best name ever!

    1. Not me, I’m afraid. That’s my twin brother Bert. He’s a few years older than me, and much better at getting himself into the papers (albeit not always for savoury reasons). I think it’s the pressure of being an only child, always craving attention. He never knew his father, so our Auntie Doris used to say.

  2. Tredwell is also a subject in one of the books in time-travelling author C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. Little known fact, but each book is about a cricketing event or icon from the future that Lewis.

    Since you’re asking, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is about the forfeited test between England and Pakistan in ’06: The lion, England; the witch, Hair; the wardrobe, Inzamam.

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