Bresnan praises England pace pack
Tim Bresnan hailed a “phenomenal” bowling effort that left England on course for series victory tomorrow at Trent Bridge.
Bresnan led the hosts’ charge with the ball, taking three wickets for nine runs from 26 deliveries to leave West Indies 61 for six - and a mere three runs ahead - at stumps on day three of the second Investec Test.
However, it was not the day that Bresnan and his team-mates had anticipated when the hosts resumed on 259 for two, 111 runs in arrears.
The Windies did well to limit their opponents to 428 all out, but then capitulated to make England firm favourites to double their lead in the three-game rubber.
James Anderson started the slide by snaring openers Kieran Powell and Adrian Barath before Stuart Broad had the world’s top-ranked Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught at fine-leg.
“It’s not what we expected with the bat, but I think we’ve come back strong with the ball,” Bresnan said. “To get them 60 for six on that wicket was phenomenal effort.
“Although we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do tomorrow, I’m backing us to knock the four lads over eventually.
“It doesn’t really matter how many they get in front from here, I’m backing the batsmen to chase anything.”
All-rounder Bresnan played an important role with the bat earlier in the day.
He came to the crease with England 34 behind, but, following the loss of Andrew Strauss for 141, added 53 with Broad to take the hosts into credit and finished unbeaten on 39.
“We could have capitulated and got bowled out for less than them but it just so happened that me and Stuart put a bit of a partnership together, which we’ve done a few times in the past as well when we’ve played together,” he added.
With Strauss and Kevin Pietersen unbeaten on 102 and 72 respectively last night, Bresnan admitted he was not expecting to bat early today, if at all.
However, he found himself at the crease before lunch thanks to a praiseworthy Windies bowling display.
“I thought I might as well have left my pads in the car if I’m honest,” he said.
“But it didn’t work out like that, it never really does and the West Indies have got to be respected as regards to that.
“They’ve bowled really, really well to bowl us out for 420 on there and not to let us get away from them is just credit to how they’ve bowled.”
Ravi Rampaul led that bowling performance with creditable figures of 3-75 from 32 overs and explained how the unit improved from the day before.
“Yesterday’s performance wasn’t patient enough and we weren’t building enough pressure,” he said.
“So we applied ourselves properly as a bowling unit, we were patient and we got the eight wickets that were required.”
Having toiled to keep England’s first innings in check, Rampaul was frustrated to watch the batsmen collapse.
His only ray of hope for tomorrow is having Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, who respectively hit 117 and 106 in the first innings, at the crease.
“It’s tough watching them get out six batsmen after the bowlers worked so hard in the first two sessions, but that’s how cricket goes,” he reflected.
“The two batters we’ve got at the crease now scored hundreds in the first innings so we’re still confident.
“So hopefully, come tomorrow, we’ll apply ourselves and get us out of the spot that we’re in.”