I've been very lucky in my Test career: Bresnan
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan revels in the glory of being a steady bowler who can "bat a bit" and "never lets anyone down".india Updated: Aug 09, 2011 14:02 IST
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan revels in the glory of being a steady bowler who can "bat a bit" and "never lets anyone down".
Bresnan's solid performance with both bat and ball in Trent Bridge has assured him of a place in the Edgbaston Test. He scored 90 in England's second innings and then secured his first five-wicket haul as England won by 319 runs with a day to spare.
"It's just one of those things. I've been very lucky in my Test career and I felt ecstatic after we won in Nottingham," Bresnan was quoted as saying by The Guardian.
Despite his sterling performance in Trent Bridge, Bresnan insists he has not been given any assurances.
"There's not been a bit of that. When the team finally gets announced it's going to be as interesting for me as everyone else. The selectors have got a nice headache - at least it's nice for them. I'm glad it's not me making the decision although I also hope it's not me who is disappointed. It would be hard for me personally, but it's terrific for English cricket," he said.
Asked if the uncertainty has taken some pleasure away, Bresnan said: "No, not at all. I've just been enjoying how well I played and I've also been trying to move house this last week. That's helped take my mind off this next Test, which is probably healthy.
"But we have such strength in depth. Look at Stevie Finn. He's got the highest strike rate of anyone playing at the minute and he's the youngest bowler to have reached 50 Test wickets. But he can't get into the team right now."
If Bresnan plays the third Test and India are beaten then England would become the world's No.1 Test side. It could be Bresnan's ninth consecutive Test victory.
"It would be nice to get to 10 Test wins by the end of this series. If we go to Edgbaston and produce the same performance, it's going to be hard for India. But we know how strong they are and there is absolutely no reason for us to get complacent. We've just got to keep doing the basics well - and producing to hold on to our places," he said.