The Unsung Hero of English Cricket Tim Bresnan, a powerfully built all-rounder, had been earmarked for higher accolades since his debut in 2001, when he became Yorkshire’s youngest player in 20 years. He didn’t fully declare his debut in the major league until nearly a decade later, with a magnificent performance in the fourth Test against Australia in Melbourne in December 2010. He was called into the side to replace Steven Finn and was tasked with keeping the runs down. He shone with a display of skill, pace, and unfailing accuracy.
Timothy Thomas Bresnan, was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, on February 28, 1985.
Bresnan started his international career with the England Under-19 squad, appearing in two World Cups in 2002 and 2003, the same years he won the NBC Denis Compton Award for most promising Yorkshire player.
T20I debut against a debutant 11: On the 15th of June 2006 at Southampton, Bresnan made a dismal international debut against Sri Lanka. In a close encounter in which England lost by two runs chasing a goal of 164, he was hammered for 20 runs in two overs and struck an unbeaten 6 off six. This was a match that saw four other English players make their T20 International debuts, as well as the whole Sri Lankan team.
Bresnan made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in the first match of the NatWest series on the 17th of June 2006 at Lord’s. The visitors scored 257/9 and won by 20 runs, with England failing to reach the target. In his nine overs, Bresnan took 1/44 and scored 16 off 21 in an unsuccessful run chase. After suffering an injury in the second half of the season, he was forced to withdraw from the Pakistan series.
Bresnan was called up late in the season for the ODI after having a better all-around summer in 2008. But, following a winter devoid of awards, it thought he’d have to wait some more before being unexpectedly picked in the Test squad to face the West Indies. He played in both matches, but due to England’s dominance, he didn’t make an impression until the final day of the series. In the second innings, he took his first Test wicket and finished with figures of 3 for 45 as West Indies lost by an innings.
While he hovered around the edges of England’s Test team following that, injuries on England’s visit to Bangladesh in 2010 opened the door, and he impressed, displaying good discipline and stamina in difficult conditions. He then played a key role in England’s 2010 World Twenty20 victory, demonstrating skill and an uncanny ability to hit his straps early with the new ball to give England control, before returning at the end of the innings with steely death-bowling.
Ashes series: He had proven his worth since the beginning of his profession. He took nine wickets in just two tests in his debut Ashes Series (Ashes 2010-11), notably a 4/50 in the second innings of the fourth Test in Melbourne, which helped Strauss’s side secure the deal. Before dismissing Ben Hilfenhaus, he grabbed the wickets of Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson, and Michael Hussey in the top order. England won by an innings and 157 runs thanks to that final wicket. He had bowled efficiently in the first innings, getting 2/25 off 13 overs as Australia were bowled out for just 98 runs.
Bresnan missed the Australian series due to a calf injury, but he returned to the squad for the World Cup, which was held in the subcontinent from February to April. As England got off to a winning start against the Netherlands, he took 1–49. In England’s drawn match against India, Bresnan set a new career high with 5/48.
A Memorable partnership:
Jonny Bairstow’s 219 not out and Bresnan’s unbeaten 169 not out against Durham in June 2015 are their career-high scores in First-class cricket. Their partnership of 366 runs in 81 overs and 300 minutes is the best seventh-wicket partnership in County Championship history, surpassing the 344 runs shared by K S Ranjitsinhji and Billy Newham for Sussex against Essex at Leyton.