Bresnan buoyed by previous successes
Tim Bresnan believes England can approach this month’s one-day international series against India in a confident frame of mind after an impressive start to their winter programme.
History is against the tourists, who have won just 13 of 40 ODIs away to India and claimed their only series triumph in 1984-85.
The last two series between the sides in India have ended in 5-0 whitewashes for the hosts but Bresnan sees reason for cheer in England’s efforts before Christmas.
A 2-1 victory in the Test series saw England reverse an equally daunting record in that format, before a battling display in the final match of the trip saw them square the Twenty20 series 1-1.
Speaking after the first training session under new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, Bresnan said: “We definitely go in with a lot of confidence.
“We won the Test series and then the Twenty20 win at the end, just before Christmas, was a massive confidence boost.
“If we can play similar cricket to that in a longer format then we shouldn’t have a problem.”
Despite his optimism, Bresnan does not expect India to make life easy.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side are coming under strong criticism locally after losing consecutive one-day matches to fierce rivals Pakistan, but Bresnan anticipates a response.
“India are a good side, make no bones about that,” he continued.
“Each and every international team has a dip in form but they can come back very strong and very quickly. We are expecting a stern test.”
The Yorkshire all-rounder added that there were unlikely to be sweeping changes to England’s game-plan under their new coach.
Speaking about Giles' newly-created role Bresnan continued: “I think he’ll just come in and take over the reins rather than mix everything up. Most of the plans we use for one-day cricket will still be in place.
“He’s obviously a fantastic coach or he wouldn’t have been appointed - what he did at Warwickshire last year was phenomenal.
“He’s quite chilled out, a bit like Andy. We’ll see what happens, he might fire a few rockets and surprise a few people."