England haven’t had a bowler who commentators can patronisingly refer to as a ‘yeoman’ since Matthew Hoggard got the boot. Tim Bresnan’s from Yorkshire and bowls a bit of swing. Maybe he can step in and be a doughty northern caricature so that the English cricket establishment can reinforce their perceived superiority through the use of hackneyed unflattering nouns.
Tim Bresnan is a quietly productive cricketer. He’s the bowler casual England fans are quick to identify as being representative of English cricketing mediocrity. He’s not really our sort of bowler, but that’s harsh.
We made Tim Bresnan one to watch in both 2008 and 2009 for the fairly straightforward reason that he always takes wickets and he always scores runs. He did a little of both for England today. He took 1-20 – which is a pretty damn fine return off four overs in Twenty20 – then he larrupped 23 not out off 11 balls. England won and Tim Bresnan did as much as anyone to ensure that.