Cricket World Cup: Tredwell plays down England great escape

England's James Tredwell dismisses West Indies' Chris Gayle during the ICC World Cup match at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India. PIC: PA

England's James Tredwell dismisses West Indies' Chris Gayle during the ICC World Cup match at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India. PIC: PA

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England spinner James Tredwell is hoping to get back to a state of “normality” after the thrilling win over West Indies.

Andrew Strauss’ side appeared to be heading out of the tournament with the Windies on 222 for six chasing 244 to win with plenty of overs to spare.

But Tredwell, on his tournament debut, and Graeme Swann combined to spin England to victory.

And while their place in the last eight still depends on results elsewhere, the odds favour England extending their rollercoaster ride on the sub-continent.

“We have done what we needed to do in that last game and I guess we need a couple of days to get back to normality mentally, get a couple of practice sessions in and see where we go from there,” said Tredwell.

“It’s must win now. Three games and the World Cup could be ours.”

Tredwell, who took four for 48 against West Indies, was restricted to the role of drinks carrier in Australia before failing to break into the World Cup side until yesterday.

But he is relishing his new-found status as England hero.

The Kent bowler told Sky Sports News: “I am delighted. It is difficult sitting on the sidelines and I haven’t played that much cricket over the winter. You keep yourself ticking over in the nets but it’s not the same and so to get the chance and put in a performance, I am obviously delighted.”

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