Tim Bresnan starred with the bat as England put themselves into a commanding position in their warm-up match for the Ashes against Essex.
England started the day on 328-7 after Bresnan and Graeme Swann had spared the national side’s blushes, putting on a partnership worth over 100 runs.
And the pair continued their good work on day two, with Bresnan’s score of an unbeaten 105 and a 94 from Swann providing England with a score of 413-9, which they were happy to declare on.
England then went on to limit Essex to 231-9 and cease the upper hand in the match, as expected.
Joe Root was the surprising star of England’s bowling attack, as the newly promoted opener, took four wickets in his 20 overs.
Root was bowling due to Swann bruising his right forearm after being hit by a ball from Essex pace-man Tymal Mills whilst batting.
His impressive performance has shown his versatility, whilst also highlighting the ineffectiveness of England’s seamers.
Bresnan, despite showing ample skill with the bat, struggled to make an effect with the ball, taking a solitary wicket. His competition for the last space in the England Ashes XI, Steven Finn took three wickets, but showed inconsistency and was wayward with his bowling at times. Graeme Onions took the other wicket.
Jaik Mickleburgh top scored for Essex with a score of 90, but it was not enough to stop England taking control of the match and asserting their authority in what was a good second-day for the side.
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