Bresnan: England hitting the heights
Tim Bresnan believes yesterday’s tie with tournament favourites India shows England are peaking at the right time to mount a serious World Cup challenge.
Andrew Strauss’ side stunned the majority of a capacity 38,000 crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore by equaling the hosts’ 338 from the last ball of a pulsating contest.
The result left England level on three points with India at the top of Group B ahead of Wednesday’s match with Ireland at the same venue.
“You’re not going to get a bigger test out here than India in their own back yard,” Bresnan told ecb.co.uk/video.
“They are very, very tough to beat out here and we just went a long way and made massive strides in this competition as far as belief goes.
“And confidence, I think it will give us a lot of confidence and push us on. I think we are definitely peaking at the right time.”
Bresnan was England’s star bowler on a sublime batting track, recording one-day international-best figures of 5-48 from 10 overs.
Having dismissed the dangerous Virender Sehwag in his first over and bowled a maiden at Sachin Tendulakar in his fourth, the seamer returned to take three wickets in four balls in his final set of six.
“It’s nice when it goes where you want it to go,” he joked.
“That’s what we practicse for. That’s why we spend hours practising yorkers, slower balls and slower ball bouncers - to keep the batsmen guessing.
“But they came out well yesterday, which is good especially when you need them.”
Bresnan, who turned 26 today, was playing in his 37th ODI, having made his senior international debut in June 2006.
Formerly in and out of England’s one-day set-up, the World Twenty20 winner is now an integral part of both ODI and T20 teams.
“You kind of work all your way up in county cricket and your career and stuff like that,” he added.
“These are the moments that matter and it’s nice to pull things out of the bag or out of the hat, or whatever you want to call it, when it does count.”
Bresnan explained how difficult it was to communicate with his team-mates on the field due to the noise from the raucous crowd.
However, he insisted it was a privilege to have to cope with such a din.
“You couldn’t hear one bloke that was stood next to you,” he said.
“Literally you had to shout, especially from the middle when the noise was loudest coming from four corners.
“On the edge, it’s just coming from behind you. It’s awe-inspiring the noise they can make, the Indians.”