No hiding from Flower’s big brother - Bresnan
Tim Bresnan has revealed nothing escapes the attention of team director Andy Flower because “the walls have ears” in the England camp.
Bresnan painted the Orwellian picture after he was overlooked for England’s previous two games against West Indies - the washed-out NatWest Series one-day international at Headingley Carnegie and Sunday’s NatWest International T20 victory.
The Yorkshire paceman acknowledges Flower was right to pull him because his intensity in training had dipped and he was slipping into bad habits.
"You can always get up for a game but if you are not preparing as well as you can that’s always to the detriment of the team, which suffers," Bresnan said.
"I felt I was lethargic and saving myself in training for games and that’s a bad habit.
"Andy Flower, Dave Saker and the medical team have a lot of communication between themselves.
"The walls have ears, so if you whisper to somebody that you are tired it’s going to get back to the coach pretty quickly.
"I wanted to play but I understand the other side of the coin.
"There’s a lot of cricket coming up, we’re off the back of a lot of cricket, I’ve bowled a lot of overs and if Andy and the medical staff think I looked tired and need a break I respect that decision.
"They have the best interest of the team and myself at heart. I would rather take one game out and rest than be forced to take an extended spell out because of injury."
Bresnan feels refreshed heading into the first match of the NatWest Series against Australia at Lord’s on Friday.
The Yorkshireman is also confident he can deliver batting at seven.
"I’m happy where I am with my cricket at the minute. I know I can always improve with bat and ball but I’m striking it nicely," said Bresnan, who made his international breakthrough against Australia in 2010.
"I feel I could do a job wherever I am in the order. We are expecting a decent test against Australia. They are number one in the world and we respect them accordingly.
"It’s always good to make a positive start no matter who you play against. We want to set the tone for the series and the rest of the game."