Tredwell out to justify top billing
James Tredwell may be the poster boy of the NatWest Series, but he accepts he has not quite made it yet as England's premier limited-overs spinner.
Tredwell, pictured in the middle of his off-spin action, adorns the match-day programme for each venue in a series which will continue on Saturday in Cardiff - where England must win to level the score at 1-1 with one more to play in Southampton.
The hosts lost the only completed fixture to date, between an initial washout and then another rain-wrecked match, with the usually reliable Tredwell unable to complete his 10 overs at Emirates Old Trafford as Australia targeted him to the tune of 8-0-60-1.
He suspects it was a pre-meditated plan for Michael Clarke et al to get after him, but he will be ready for them at the SWALEC Stadium.
At 31, after 22 ODI caps, he has already found a new prominence - enough, it seems, to make him the face of the series.
Preferring a touch of self-deprecating humour on that subject, Tredwell said: "It's all right, isn't it? I've obviously got a bit more photogenic in my old age."
On a serious note, he believes he has done well so far - maybe sufficiently so even to rival Graeme Swann as England's first-choice one-day international spinner - but that is no more than a mid-term report at this stage.
"The last 12 months have been fantastic for me in this form of the game, and I just want that to continue," he said.
"It comes from performance. Your standing within the group tends to rise a bit when you put in a few good ones."
As for his standing alongside Swann, if England were picking their first-choice team for a major tournament tomorrow, Tredwell added: "I'd like to think my name would be in the hat.
"I think I've put in the performances to be there or thereabouts. The decision wouldn't be mine ... I think I've done pretty well over the last little period. I need to keep that going."
He knows the pressure will be on when he tries to do that, in the immediate term, against Australia after his chastening experience in Manchester.
"They came pretty hard (at me) in that game, pretty much a plan by the looks of it," he said.
"On another day, it might have been three for 20 after those four overs. When they come hard like that, it obviously gives me a chance to take wickets as well."
It is a battle he will continue to relish, even if he loses the odd scuffle along the way.
"You just try to make it as hard for them as possible," said Tredwell.
"Obviously, it's pretty tough with that extra fielder in the ring - you can't just batten down the hatches and hope one goes down the throat; you have to challenge them to hit you in places they don't want to.
"The other day, they came off. I hope it will be my day at some stage in this series. It seemed to be as soon as I came on they were gunning for me.
"Sometimes it's horrible, depending on who's at the other end. But if someone is taking a chance, then it's giving you one."
The trade-off will occasionally go against Tredwell, but he will keep biding his time and backing his skill.
"You tend to get hit for a few sixes," he acknowledged.
"You've got to take that on the chin, put that behind you and try to beat them the next time - that's the way I look at it. I probably tossed a few too many up the other day."
He may be wary of doing so again in Wales, where the straight boundaries are short. But his international record to date suggests he knows what he is doing.