Better to come from Bresnan
Fearless Tim Bresnan is warning the world to stand by for something “more special” from him, as England start to scent silverware in the Caribbean.
Over the last nine months, the 25-year-old Yorkshire all-rounder has gone from an England hopeful - with natural aspirations to push for a regular place - to their ‘striker’ with bat and ball, in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20.
Bresnan upped the ante again yesterday by taking the man of the match honours as England beat New Zealand by three wickets at Beausejour Stadium to complete a perfect Super Eight campaign and book a return visit to the same venue for the first semi-final - on Thursday.
As England’s new-ball and death bowler, and number seven with the bat, Bresnan has a lynchpin role to set the tone in the field and get his team over the line either setting or chasing a total.
He did just that against the Black Caps with an unbeaten 23 from just 11 balls, and has conceded just 34 runs in his last seven overs over two matches.
Bresnan, however, is confident he - like England - has still more to offer.
“I do believe I’ve still got a little bit more in the tank, a little bit more of me that I can show you,” he said.
“You’re probably going to be surprised again - like you were, a few months ago, in Bangladesh.
“But I’ve known myself I’ve always had that ability, and you’re going to see something a little bit more special yet.
“I’ve always had these performances in me; you’re actually starting to see them come out of me now.”
Bresnan is relishing the pressure points he is being put under in each match, but emphasises too he is just one in a talented line-up from one to XI capable of the performances which can carry England all the way to that elusive first International Cricket Council trophy - after 35 years of trying.
“I’m feeling very, very relaxed in my role and I’m enjoying the responsibility of bowling the first and last over and batting at seven - a ‘finishing’ position.
“Everyone’s really excited with where we’re heading for the future. We’re getting better every day, and it’s fantastic to be a part of it.
“On this trip so far, 75% of the lads have had a match-winning performance. The rest of the lads that haven’t done something spectacular are saving it for the semis and the final.
“That’s how we see ourselves; any one of us can do it. That is the belief we’ve got, to take this competition right to the final.”
Mercurial middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen missed England’s final Super Eight victory but will rejoin the squad tomorrow, in preparation for their next big test, having flown twice across the Atlantic to witness the birth of his first child in London.
Two more wins will take England into uncharted territory, and Bresnan knows they will not fall short for want of either effort or self-belief.
“We’re not finished yet,” he said. “We don’t want to be the team that gets to the semis and says ‘that’s a pretty good effort’. We’ve actually come to win this thing.
“If you keep winning, you get on a roll and it’s difficult to stop.”