Tim Bresnan doesn’t feel that the fact the tail order saved England from a poor score against Essex in their warm-up game for the Ashes is a bad thing.

England had to recover from 212-7 to restore a decent score, with Bresnan and Graeme Swann putting on a partnership worth over 100 runs.

And the fact that England’s lower-order had to bat under pressure will help the team as they head into the Ashes against Australia, Bresnan believes.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Part of a successful team is that everyone's capable with the bat and if needs be they can get you out of trouble if you're in a bit.

"I don't see it as a bad thing that the lads down the order are getting a bit of a hit."

Bresnan appears to be in direct competition with Steven Finn for the last place in the team to face Australia and his innings, which consisted of an unbeaten score of 64 off 165 balls, will have done his chances of selection no harm.

The first Test of the Ashes begins on Wednesday July 10 at Trent Bridge and Bresnan will be hoping to be given the opportunity to help England gain first blood against Australia. 


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