Bresnan knows importance of performance
Tim Bresnan believes he has laid down a marker for the rest of the summer after his man-of-the-match performance in the second Investec Test against West Indies at Trent Bridge helped England into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
The Yorkshire all-rounder returned match figures of 8-141 and also contributed a vital unbeaten 39 as England defeated the Windies by nine wickets to retain the Wisden Trophy.
With a three-match series against South Africa coming up and the pressure to perform due to England’s strength in depth, 27-year-old Bresnan, who has won all 13 Tests he has played, knows it was vital to contribute heavily.
“Anything I can do to make a difference in these Test matches, that’s the goal I set myself,” he told ecb.co.uk. “Just to be there and influence the game in some way.
“Lord’s was pretty slow and this one, because of the weather, got really dry and there was not much in it for the seamers. But we found a bit of reverse swing which helped us.
“I didn’t really do much different, I just tried to hit my areas back of a length and the reverse swing got us a few wickets.”
Coming in at 336 for six - still 34 behind West Indies’ first-innings 370 all out - Bresnan’s vital 93-ball knock helped England take a stranglehold of the game and deflate the tourists.
“The lead was massive, it wrestled the momentum away from the West Indians,” he said.
“If they had got a lead of their own, they might have played a bit differently second innings and could have taken the game away from us.”
West Indies have just pride to play for at Edgbaston next, but Bresnan has been impressed with their fighting spirit throughout the first two matches.
“They are holding their own, they are to be respected because they are a really good side,” he added.
“They seem to be suffering from the mad half hour here and there, which teams go through. Like we did three or four years ago and it’s kind of a habit is winning and you need to get into that habit.”