Tim Bresnan with the ICC Test Championship Trophy (©GettyImages)
Tim Bresnan with the ICC Test Championship Trophy (©GettyImages).

Tim Bresnan: The unsung hero of English cricket

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Timothy Thomas Bresnan, or Tim Bresnan as they call him, was born on February 28 1985 in Pontefract, Yorkshire.

After he made his debut for Yorkshire at the age of 20 (becoming the youngest to do so), a great career was what everyone predicted for him. After being ubiquitous as a name among English selectors and former players, he finally made his debut in 2009 v West Indies at Lord’s and since then started the very process of him going and out of the team, sometimes due to an injury, the other times due to the solecism of the selectors.

It is just that he never has been able to ensconce in the team despite giving regular all round performances. Since the very start of his career, he has shown his value. In his first Ashes Series (Ashes 2010-11), he took nine wickets in just two tests, including a 4/50 at Melbourne that helped Strauss’s men to seal the deal.

The next series for Bresnan came against India and he was simply gleaming as an all rounder in that series, 153 runs in three innings (11, 90, 53*) and 16 wickets as well, which helped England best India by 4-0 and top the ICC rankings.

The next highlight of his career, in my opinion at least, is The Ashes Series of 2013 in which he scored 101 runs and took eight wickets in the three tests that he played. His ODI and T20 performances have been just about same, his most recent good performance with the bat being 47* in the 1st T20 against West Indies and with the bowl, 3/45 in the 3rd ODI against the same team.

Despite being one of the more consistent players for England for years, the Yorkshireman has been treated very badly. It doesn’t matter if he is doing well, if the selectors think that another batsman or bowler should be brought in the team, then Bresnan is simply kicked out and brought in when desired, which really is a shame considering the confounding performances he is capable of producing.

The truth actually is that he has played a key role in English success lately. Many a times, he has finished the innings off for England with the bat and has scored runs down the order. With the bowl, he never does complain despite the captain giving him long spells to keep Jimmy and Broady at rest.

Think for a second, had he not scored those important runs down the order, had he not bowled those long spells, would England have achieved as much success as they have over the years? Certainly not, in fact I can’t imagine the English side winning many matches without Bresnan.

He has always proved to be thorn in victory for the other sides and taken England out of trouble with some magnificent performances but has never got any credits. Though, it won’t be bad idea for the selectors at all to start respecting him and seeing him as a redoubtable player of the team, it really is a shame that he is one of the unsung heroes....

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