Castleford cricketer Tim Bresnan has been hailed as a key figure in England’s exciting victory over Australia which saw them win the Ashes again on Monday.
Bresnan hit a crucial 45 runs on Monday morning to help England to set their old foes a 299-run target then took two equally vital wickets as Australia collapsed from 147-1 to 224 all out at Chester-le-Street.
The wicket of opener David Warner, caught behind by Matt Prior, off the bowling of Bresnan after he had made 71 was the big scalp and the Townville man went on to claim another huge wicket when he trapped the dangerous Shane Watson lbw.
Bresnan also contributed with bat and ball in the first innings and maintains an unbeaten record against the Aussies.
He came in for praise after the game from captain Alastair Cook for his spell mid-evening when he proved the perfect foil for rampaging quickie Stuart Broad while Broad himself said that it had been a pep talk he had delivered along with Bresnan that had played a major part in inspiring the team.
Broad said: “Bressy and I got together and said, ‘Come on we can really put the squeeze on here, build the pressure’.
“You don’t think about wickets, you just think about bowling dot balls and building pressure that way. With that we created chances.
“Bres and I got a good partnership going, hitting the wicket as hard as we could.”
Victorious Ashes winning captain Cook said: “At 120-1, Australia were batting very well and we didn’t quite get it right but the character and skill after tea was fantastic.
“Tim Bresnan tied it up at that end, we talk about bowling in partnerships and without him going at one an over, Broady couldn’t have got those wickets.”