Bresnan 'sniffing' England win
Tim Bresnan is confident England will extend their 100% record against Bangladesh with a fifth-day victory in the second Test.
The Tigers, a side with 57 defeats from 66 Tests, pushed their opponents closer than ever before over the first two and a half days in Mirpur but have since seen England take charge of the contest.
England established a 77-run first-innings lead on the back of Ian Bell’s 138 and Bresnan’s 91, and, despite a clutch of dropped catches, reduced the hosts to 172 for six at stumps on day four, a modest lead of 95.
Although England, who have beaten Bangladesh in each of their previous five meetings, have encountered doughty resistance from their lower order in this series, Bresnan is in no doubt about who are favourites to triumph.
“I think it’s four quick wickets tomorrow, then we chase 150 and win. That’s how I see it,” Bresnan confidently predicted.
“Of course, we’ll see how it goes but that’s how we’ve set it up. We will be chasing a total tomorrow, I have a feeling about that, especially after getting the key wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim at the end.
“We’ve got a nightwatchman (Shafiul Islam) in tomorrow and then Naeem Islam, who’ll hang in a bit. If we can get them out I think we are definitely sniffing a win.”
When the winter squads were announced Bresnan was included exclusively in the limited-overs set-up but, since being asked to stay on as injury cover, he has leapfrogged the likes of Ajmal Shahzad and Liam Plunkett in the pecking order.
The burly Yorkshireman has impressed with his stamina and ability to reverse swing the old ball, while his contribution with the bat in only his second Test innings was mightily impressive - not to mention important.
Reflecting on his future role in the side, Bresnan was clear in his aim to hold down a long-term spot in the Test XI.
“Coming in here has been a big opportunity for me,” he said. “I feel like I’ve grabbed it and shown exactly what I can do so hopefully there’ll be a lot more chances for me to prove myself.
“I’d like to think I’ve pushed my case as a Test cricketer. I don’t agree with being pigeonholed as just a one-day player so I hope the powers that be have sat up and taken notice.
“It would have been nice to get a hundred in my second Test innings but hopefully I’ll get a lot more opportunities to do that.”
Bangladesh debutant Jahurul Islam bounced back from his first-innings duck to make 43, with his first two scoring shots in Test cricket both sixes.
His was one of two wickets to fall in the last seven overs of the day and, while he admits that handed the initiative to England, he feels a match-saving rearguard is still possible.
“The last two wickets were too much for us. If we could have ended the day with four wickets down that would have been good,” he said.
“But you can always hope in the cricket. We should not look for runs and instead we should concentrate on surviving the first two sessions.
“If we don’t lose any wickets before lunch it would be good for us. It will make them tired and our job will be easier.”
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