James Tredwell will be trying to make up for lost time in the West Indies after being omitted from half of England's failed limited-overs campaign in Australia this winter.

The off-spinner played just four of eight matches, in back-to-back one-day international and Twenty20 series - both of which were lost.

England opted to go in without a specialist spinner in the other fixtures, but that will surely not be the case on the more accommodating surfaces of the Caribbean.

Tredwell, who was present but wicketless in England's sole victory down under, admits his vested interest - and also an intention to try to prove a point if he is given an opportunity in three ODIs in Antigua and three Twenty20s in Barbados.

"I'd be biased in that regard, and yes I was a bit frustrated," he said, having taken three wickets in England's warm-up victory on Tuesday against a UWI Vice-Chancellor's XI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium where the tourists will face the Windies for the first time on Friday.

"I'd done a lot of thinking and practising of plans going into that series and felt I could do a job.

"I think every team should have a change-of-pace option. But that was the decision that was made, and I took it on the chin and kept working hard.

"That's all you do I guess, use that frustration and put it into getting better."

Success here will create confidence not only for England's challenge at the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh but also for Tredwell to then add to his solitary Test cap to date.

England are looking for a new frontline spinner following the mid-Ashes retirement of Graeme Swann, and Tredwell said: "I guess it's at the back of your mind.

"Clearly there are opportunities along the way.

"But that's not our decision to make. You just do all you can and hope that, when you do get your opportunity, you can put your name forward for that choice to be made."

The 32-year-old knows a mediocre first-class campaign last summer, after which he rescinded the Kent captaincy, does not help to press his claims.

"I guess I haven't done overly well in the last year or two in the four-day game for Kent," he admitted.

"So that's the first and foremost, getting back in the early part of the summer and putting in some really strong performances.

"If I get a go in these games, equally I can put my name out there through performance.

"Obviously it was a tough old time in Australia, and we wanted to get off to a good start (here).

"So to have a good performance like that (in the warm-up match) is obviously a great confidence-builder."