Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Torture for Tudor but He Still Dreams of England

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Torture for Tudor but He Still Dreams of England

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

TWO years ago, Alex Tudor was part of England's one-day side and looking forward to a Lord's triangular tournament final against India.

This week he has been bowling off two paces for Surrey's second XI and trying to convince himself he can emerge from an injury nightmare to play at least some first team cricket this season.

New Zealand and the West Indies will contest tomorrow's NatWest Series final at Lord's - and one reason England have missed out on their own party is the absence of a bowling all-rounder.

Even when that world-class asset Andrew Flintoff is free from injury and able to deliver a full quota of overs, Michael Vaughan's side will still need a No9 capable of scoring 30 crucial runs.

It could have been Tudor, it probably should have been Tudor and perhaps one of the things keeping him going right now is the thought it still might be Tudor some way down the line.

"First and foremost I need to get back playing for Surrey in the championship and the one-day league and I believe I will before this season is finished," said the 26-year-old.

"But I definitely want to play for England again and if I didn't think I could I don't know what I would do."

Tudor has been an easy target in the past for those people frustrated by England's failure to turn obvious talent into world-beating talent. This is the man, remember, who made 99 not out in a Test against New Zealand five years ago and at one stage looked as though he might develop into a genuinely quick bowler.

Since then, though, Tudor has been beset by injuries and slowly faded from the international picture with just 10 Test caps plus three one-day international appearances behind him.

Last season he managed only six championship games for Surrey, first because of knee trouble and then as a result of the side problem that continues to restrict him now.

"It's been very frustrating and I've felt very down at times," said Tudor. …

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