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Tim Bresnan & Michael Hill

Tim Bresnan, who took one of only three wickets to fall today, said: "You've just got to hang in there, build dots, build pressure"

Tim Bresnan is confident he can make an impact in the third Ashes Test, if he is given a chance at the WACA.

Like his two fellow seamers hoping to replace the injured Stuart Broad at Perth next week, Bresnan had a day of toil against Victoria on a slow MCG surface.

But after taking one of the two wickets to fall before the hosts declared on 216, he reflected on what he saw as another heartening England performance.

It was marred, on day one of three in this tour match, by five dropped catches including Michael Hill put down first ball by Matt Prior, in the slips rather than in his accustomed wicketkeeping role, off Chris Tremlett.

Hill was dropped another three times and made the tourists pay with 105 not out. The 22-year-old left-handed opener shared an unbroken stand of 147 in 40 overs with David Hussey, who was unbeaten on 67.

The tourists replied with 50 for one at stumps, Alastair Cook the man to go.

England team director Andy Flower has already stated that the decision is already well-advanced in his mind as to who will come in for Broad, who suffered a series-ending abdominal tear in the second-Test victory at Adelaide.

Whether that is Bresnan, Tremlett or Ajmal Shahzad, the former is hopeful of selection.

"It bounces a bit more at Perth, and I think I do get quite a lot of bounce," he said.

It was hard graft for England's three seam-bowling contenders today, but Bresnan was satisfied with their work.

"You've billed it as a 'shoot-out' or whatever, or a 'bowl-off' - whatever you're calling it," he told a press conference.

"But we can't see it like that. We've got a job to do and a game to win.

"We've gone in with that philosophy, as we did in that A game in Hobart - and we bowled really well again, backing each other up and bowling in partnerships."

Andrew Strauss & Tim Bresnan

Bresnan is not getting worried about selection for the third Test because "it's up to the powers-that-be to make that decision"

Hill's painstaking 251-ball innings contained 11 fours in the end, but summed up the lot of both batsmen and bowlers on such an unresponsive surface.

"You can only bowl on what you get given," added Bresnan.

"You've got to make the best of the conditions. I think we did that as a unit.

"It's not really conducive to much out there - run-scoring, or getting wickets.

"You've just got to hang in there, build dots, build pressure and wait for a mistake really.

"We did that well. We got some swing early, then worked hard on the ball and got it reversing - so it was an all-round good performance, I thought."

He was not too upset over England's missed catches either.

"They were tough chances - that's cricket," he said. "The fact we've been so good shines out when we do drop a catch or two."

Bresnan will lose no sleep over the selection process for next week, because he knows it is out of his hands.

Asked what might tip the balance in the remainder of this match, he suggested: "Probably six-for in the second dig?! But it's up to the powers-that-be to make that decision.

"They've had a really good look at all three of us; they'll look at the pitch and see what suits when we get close to the day."

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