Alastair Cook: James Tredwell expects return to form in Tests

Alastair Cook
Cook had been appointed to lead England's one-day side in 2011

England spinner James Tredwell thinks axed one-day captain Alastair Cook will return stronger after being dropped.

Batsman Cook, 30, was replaced by Eoin Morgan as skipper last month and omitted from the 15-man squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

"It will be great for him to get a break," Tredwell told BBC Radio Kent.

"I'm sure he is going to come out in the West Indies, with the huge amount of Test cricket that is coming up post-World Cup, and bang out a lot of runs."

Cook was relieved of the ODI captaincy after the 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka at the back end of last year.

The opener, who remains Test captain, had endured a difficult spell with the bat, averaging only 27.52 in his last 20 one-day appearances.

His form had been the subject of much debate in the media, but former Kent captain Tredwell says Cook had retained the backing of the England squad.

"When you are in the ranks you just get on with your own business and follow what the management are trying to put in place," Tredwell, 32, added.

"You get a bit of a feeling of what is going on and the press hype around the whole scenario was building as that series went on. It certainly came more to attention but you try not to look outside of the group.

"You are trying to do everything you can for the team and get results on the field. Whoever is in charge, you are trying to give them 100% and that is certainly my thinking."

England 2015 World Cup fixtures
DateOpponentsVenue
14 FebruaryAustraliaMelbourne
20 FebruaryNew ZealandWellington
23 FebruaryScotlandChristchurch
1 MarchSri LankaWellington
9 MarchBangladeshAdelaide
13 MarchAfghanistanSydney

England are involved in a tri-series with Australia and India ahead of their first World Cup pool match against Australia on 14 February.

England coach Peter Moores wants the national side to play an entertaining brand of cricket and Tredwell believes the team will benefit from Morgan's captaincy.

"We might see some aggressive tactics being put in place," Tredwell said.

"If I'm honest I think that is the way the one-day game has moved on in quite a short space of time.

"With a change of rules, with an extra man in the circle, as a batting unit you can put fielding teams under a lot of pressure.

"As a fielding unit you have got to be open to trying to take wickets at periods when in times gone by you might have just been holding the game.

"It is about finding a balance but the times I have played under Morgs he has been very good. He is highly respected in the group and has had a sterling one-day career to date.

"First and foremost we want to attack this tri-series and try and get some positive results out of that to lead us into the World Cup on a high note."

James Tredwell
Tredwell has taken 59 wickets in 44 ODI appearances for England

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