Tim Bresnan

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Tim Bresnan
Tim Bresnan jogging to the boundary (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Timothy Thomas Bresnan
Born (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 29)
Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England
Nickname Brez, Brezy Lad[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowling all-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 643) 6 May 2009 v West Indies
Last Test 26 December 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 194) 17 June 2006 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 5 March 2014 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 20 (prev. 31)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003–present Yorkshire (squad no. 16)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 23 84 130 224
Runs scored 575 871 3,765 2,104
Batting average 26.13 19.79 26.70 18.61
100s/50s 0/3 0/1 3/17 0/4
Top score 91 80 126* 80
Balls bowled 4,674 4,185 22,463 9,983
Wickets 72 108 368 254
Bowling average 32.73 35.20 31.25 34.05
5 wickets in innings 1 1 6 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/48 5/48 5/42 5/48
Catches/stumpings 8/– 20/– 51/– 56/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 March 2014

Timothy 'Tim' Thomas Bresnan (born 28 February 1985)[2] is an English cricketer. He is a fast-medium bowler, as well as being respected for his ability with the bat for Yorkshire. He normally fields in the deep, but is sometimes found in the slip cordon. He won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 2002 and 2003. In June 2006 he was called up to the England One Day International side, and in May 2009, he joined the Test side. He was selected for the 2010–11 Ashes series and played in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG; he took six wickets including the final one which saw England retain the Ashes. England has only lost one Test match Tim Bresnan has played in. This includes wins in the first 13 Test matches Bresnan played in from 2009 to 2012, a draw in his 14th Test and a final loss vs South Africa on 19 July 2012.[3][4]

Early and personal life[edit]

Bresnan was born to Ray and Julie. He attended Castleford High School Technology and Sports College, and subsequently attended NEW College, Pontefract. He started his career and played his junior cricket at Townville Cricket Club, the club where his father played his cricket and where his two brothers Nick and Ritchie still do. He then moved to Castleford Cricket Club as he began to play within the Yorkshire set up. He is a Leeds United FC supporter.

County cricket[edit]

Bresnan made his maiden first-class century in April 2007 during a County Championship match against Surrey at The Oval, beating his previous highest score of 94. During the innings, he also passed the landmark of 1,000 runs in first-class cricket. Bresnan scored 116 and in doing so, alongside Jason Gillespie, set a record ninth-wicket partnership for Yorkshire: the pair put on 246 before Bresnan was stumped off the bowling of Nayan Doshi. It was the fourth-highest ninth-wicket partnership in all first-class cricket[5][6] In July Bresnan scored his second first-class ton, this time for England Lions against a touring Indian team which included Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, and Sreesanth. His innings of 126 not out was a new personal best.[7] Bresnan finished the 2007 English season with 679 runs from 16 first-class matches at an average of 48.50 with three centuries.[8] He also took 35 wickets at an average of 34.02.[9]

International career[edit]

Introduction to international cricket[edit]

Bresnan represented England at youth level, with 7 Youth Tests and 23 Youth ODIs for England U-19s.[10]

Bresnan earned his first international call-up in June 2006 when he was named in the England ODI squad to play Ireland and Sri Lanka. Bresnan made his England debut in the Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl on 15 June 2006. He scored 6 not out and conceded 20 runs from his two overs. Two days later he appeared in his first One Day International against the same opposition at Lord's, taking 1–44 from nine overs as England fell to a 20-run defeat.

On 29 April 2009 Bresnan was named in the England squad for the upcoming Test series against West Indies, replacing the injured Andrew Flintoff. Seven days later Bresnan made his Test debut for England at Lord's. He scored nine with the bat, and failed to take a wicket – being allocated only a few overs given the success of Stuart Broad, James Anderson and fellow débutant Graham Onions. In the second match, however, Bresnan picked up three wickets, including his maiden wicket of Brendan Nash and then took Denesh Ramdin two deliveries later.[11]

2010: Twenty20 and Ashes success[edit]

Bresnan had a successful tour of Bangladesh in 2009/10. He was the leading bowler in the one-day series, with 8 wickets at 15.88. He then returned to the Test team, playing both games after injuries to James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom and Graham Onions. Bresnan was the top-seamer on either side, taking 7 wickets for 32.29. He also scored his maiden Test half-century in the 2nd Test, eventually out for 91.

England then took part in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 and Bresnan played in all their matches, culminating with victory over Australia in the final; this was the first time England had won an ICC tournament. Bresnan only took 3 wickets at 52.67, the least of England's front-line bowlers.

Bresnan (bottom right) fielding against Australia in a One Day International in June 2010. Michael Clarke is the batsman.

Bangladesh then toured England, although Bresnan was only able to play one of the Tests. He took 4/169 in the first Test before injury ruled him out of the second. In between the Tests and ODIs, England played Australia due to Bangladesh's participation in the 2010 Asia Cup. Bresnan struggled with the ball, taking just 1 wicket in 5 games. However, he scored vital runs in England's three victories – 26 in the first game, 12 not out in the second and 14 not out in the third game which England won by just 1 wicket. When Bangladesh returned, Bresnan took 3/79 in two games and he followed this with 7/258 in five ODIs against Pakistan.

He was included in the Ashes squad to tour Australia in 2010–2011, making his first appearance in the series in the fourth Test at the MCG in Melbourne. He bowled economically, taking 2/25 off 13 overs in the first innings as Australia were bowled out for just 98. In the second innings, he took the top-order wickets of Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Michael Hussey before taking the final wicket of Ben Hilfenhaus. That final wicket saw England win by an innings and 157 runs, take a 2–1 lead in the series and therefore retain the Ashes. He continued his capable performance in the final Test in Sydney, ably supporting James Anderson and Chris Tremlett as England clinched a 3–1 series win in dominating fashion.

Spinner Graeme Swann was injured during the ODI series that followed the Ashes, and Anderson was rested for the first three matches. As a result, Bresnan was left as the bowler with most international experience in England's attack, with 38 wickets in ODIs.[12] England lost the series 6–1 with Bresnan playing two matches and contributing four wickets and 47 runs.[13][14] An injury to his calf forced Bresnan out of the series with Australia, however he returned to the squad for the World Cup, held in February to April. Bresnan took career best figures of 5/48 in England's tied match against India.[15]

Bresnan batting during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy

2011 and 2012: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka[edit]

The 2011 English cricket season began in April. Bresnan suffered a recurrence of his calf injury and as a result was ruled out of England's three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.[16] His return to fitness saw Bresnan pressuring the out of form Stuart Broad for the all-rounder's berth in the Test team,[17] however it was an injury to seamer Chris Tremlett ahead of the second Test that allowed Bresnan back into the side for the first time since the Ashes.[18] Bresnan's all-round effort, which included an innings of 90 and Test-best bowling figures of 5/48, helped England secure a 319-run win over India and go 2–0 up in the series.[19] His haul of 5/48 was the first time Bresnan has taken five wickets in a Test innings.[20] In September, for the first time Bresnan was awarded one of 13 central contracts with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) until September 2012.[21]

When England toured India in October for five ODIs, Anderson was rested and Broad was injured, leaving Bresnan as the team's most experienced fast bowler. England slumped to a 5–0 defeat. During this whitewash Bresnan suffered problems with his elbow. He subsequently underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his elbow.[22][23] Though included in England's touring party in January 2012 for the Test series against Pakistan in the UAE Bresnan did not recover from his surgery in time to take part in the series,[24] but did play in one of the five ODIs that followed the Tests.[25] Next England played two Tests in Sri Lanka in March and April. After missing the first match, Bresnan played in the second at the expense of spin bowler Monty Panesar;[26] England won the match to draw the series 1–1,[27] protecting their status in the ICC Test Championship as the best team in the world.


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  2. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 365. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
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  6. ^ Records / First-class matches / Partnership records / Highest partnerships by wicket, CricInfo, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  7. ^ f50130 England Lions v Indians: India in British Isles 2007, Cricket Archive, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  8. ^ First-class batting and fielding in each season by Tim Bresnan, Cricket Archive, retrieved 10 August 2011 
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  14. ^ Records / England in Australia ODI Series, 2010/11 / Most runs, CricInfo, retrieved 29 July 2011 
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  16. ^ England's Tim Bresnan set to miss Sri Lanka Test series, BBC Sport, 17 May 2011, retrieved 29 July 2011 
  17. ^ Bresnan recalled as Broad keeps place, CricInfo, 17 July 2011, retrieved 29 July 2011 
  18. ^ Binoy, George (29 July 2011), Broad reduces India's advantage, CricInfo, retrieved 29 July 2011 
  19. ^ McGlashan, Andrew (1 August 2011), Robust England are beginning to develop an aura, CricInfo, retrieved 9 August 2011 
  20. ^ England thrash India at Trent Bridge to lead series 2–0, BBC Sport, 1 August 2011, retrieved 9 August 2011 
  21. ^ Tim Bresnan, Eoin Morgan and Chris Tremlett given ECB contracts, BBC Sport, 13 September 2011, retrieved 13 September 2011 
  22. ^ Miller, Andrew (25 October 2011), Spinners condemn England to 5–0 whitewash, CricInfo, retrieved 1 December 2011 
  23. ^ Bresnan undergoes elbow surgery, CricInfo, 1 December 2011, retrieved 1 December 2011 
  24. ^ Bresnan ruled out of Test series, CricInfo, 9 January 2012, retrieved 9 January 2012 
  25. ^ Records / Pakistan v England ODI Series, 2011/12 / Most wickets, CricInfo, retrieved 7 April 2012 
  26. ^ Hopps, David (3 April 2012), Jayawardene century keeps England at bay, CricInfo, retrieved 7 April 2012 
  27. ^ Hopps, David (7 April 2012), England level series to stay No.1, CricInfo, retrieved 7 April 2012 

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