Bresnan is man of the match for England

Tim Bresnan.
Tim Bresnan.

CASTLEFORD cricketer Tim Bresnan was the toast of English cricket again yesterday after a man of the match display that helped clinch a series win against the West Indies.

The Yorkshire CCC all-rounder made it 13 wins from 13 Tests for England and has now been labelled their lucky mascot.

But he is more than that as shown by his display at Trent Bridge when he followed up his 4-104 in the first innings with another burst of wickets in the second when he knocked over three of the Windies top order on Sunday night then followed up with another wicket the following morning to finish with 4-37.

Bresnan also made an impact with the bat as his knock of 39 not out proved crucial in the England first innings to help give them a 58-run lead.

England went on to win by nine wickets to go two up in the series.

Bresnan had been under pressure before the game after a disappointing first Test when he did not score a run and only took once wicket, but the selectors’ belief in him was backed up by a performance that won the praise of captain Andrew Strauss.