Bresnan fortunate to lead charmed life
Tim Bresnan admits his extraordinary record of having won all 11 Tests he has played in is partly down to luck.
The 27-year-old bowling all-rounder extended that run in his sole Test of the winter - the series-saving eight-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka at Colombo this month.
That was Bresnan’s last competitive appearance prior to starting his domestic season today in Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship clash with Kent at Canterbury.
It has been an eventful month for Bresnan, who married Hannah Battye in the Maldives a fortnight ago. The day before the wedding an 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesia coast, but fortunately there was no tsunami.
On the same day as the quake, Bresnan was named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year.
That award was largely for his 18 wickets in three Tests with India, during which he hit 154 runs in his three innings, last summer when England became the world's top-ranked team in the longest format.
Bresnan, who made his Test debut versus West Indies at Lord’s almost three years ago, knows fortune has played its part in his 100% record.
“I prefer lucky charm to mascot. I think mascots wear silly suits and stand on sidelines doing backflips,” he joked to ecb.co.uk before reflecting seriously.
“It is luck, I suppose. I have played well when everyone has played well, or I’ve played in teams where everyone else has played well and we’ve really put performances down all together as a team.
“We’ve played really good Test cricket as a team. It’s not something that I’ve done specifically. I suppose I add to the team; I like to think I do, but the 11 from 11 is definitely a bit of luck involved in that as well.”
Bresnan’s 12th Test cap could be against the same opponents and at the same venue as his first when England begin their summer on May 17.
With a series versus South Africa to follow, he is determined to make more five-day appearances over the coming months.
“I just like playing - win, lose or draw - the record doesn’t really matter to me,” he continued. “Playing for my country is such a big honour anyway.
“I suppose it does matter if we lose, but the record is something I’m not really focussing on.”
Bresnan’s stunning achievements have left him with better averages in Tests than first-class cricket: 24.16 with the ball compared to 30.72, and 40.37 with the bat compared to 28.41.
Having made his first-class bow as a 16-year-old and played through the rest of his teens, the all-rounder's first-class averages are likely to improve.
“People forget that I’ve been playing first-class cricket for a long time,” Bresnan said.
“It’s difficult when you’re a young kid in first-class cricket as well. For the first three or four years I didn’t really know how to hold a bat, so I’ve worked on that continuously since then.
“That reflects on your averages definitely, especially on your career average. If you could look over the last three or fours years [in Tests], it would probably be similar. That’s the downfall of career averages.”