Bresnan raring to go
Tim Bresnan admits he cannot wait to pull on an England shirt again in the limited-overs matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
After seeing his team-mates struggle in the longest form of the game, Bresnan is determined to inspire a turnaround in fortunes in the four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s that complete England’s tour.
He told ecb.co.uk: “It’s terrible watching your mates lose, especially in that way. I would rather have been out here losing with them than sat at home not being able to do anything about it. It was quite difficult really.
“I definitely feel fresh. I’ve not played since Eden Gardens in India and it does seem a long time ago. As far as I’m concerned, I’m fresh. The elbow is ready to go and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Bresnan is not expecting England’s bowlers to gain much in the way of assistance from the benign surfaces in Abu Dhabi, where the ODI series begins on Monday, and Dubai.
“It’s going to be tough to stop them scoring on the kind of wickets that we’ve got,” he conceded.
“I suppose you’ve just got to bowl it straight and heavy, and use your variations well.
“We’ll be looking for wickets up top as well, use the new ball while we’ve got it, but that’s the gameplan that everyone uses in one-day cricket these days. You’ve got to get wickets with the new ball, especially in the sub-continent, or the Middle East, or wherever we are!”
Jos Buttler and Danny Briggs are among a number of younger players to have been added to England’s touring party this week, and Bresnan is encouraged by the make-up of the squad.
“We’re building for the future,” he explained. “The next World Cup is three-and-a-half years away, so it’s given us time to rebuild.
“We’re not going to win every series, we’re not going to win every game, but putting experience into the younger lads and blooding a few youngsters, I think that’s where the team is going. It’s a very exciting time for the one-day side.”