Castleford cricketer plays starring role for England

Tim Bresnan, in great form for England.
Tim Bresnan, in great form for England.

CASTLEFORD cricket star Tim Bresnan enjoyed one of his best days in Test cricket on Monday when he came close to hitting a century with the bat and taking five wickets with the ball on the same day against India at Trent Bridge.

Resuming on his overnight score of 47 in England’s second innings, Bresnan went on to score 90 for his second highest Test innings to date with the runs coming off just 118 balls.

England were able to pile up 544 and set India a world-record run chase of 478.

Next it was with the ball in his hand that the Townville man heaped more misery on the tourists as he produced a superb eight-over spell that saw him take 4-17, helping reducing India to 68-6 in their second innings at tea.

Two wickets in his first seven balls set the tone as Bresnan, in his first Test since helping to clinch the Ashes in Sydney in January, produced a near unplayable ball to have Abhinav Mukund edging a catch to slip off the shoulder of his bat then had Suresh Raina caught after mistiming an attempted hook shot.

Bresnan’s former Yorkshire team-mate, Yuvraj Singh, was next to go, caught at short gully off a short ball and Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni followed the very next ball, shouldering arms to one that nipped back to be lbw.

The hat-trick ball was not so good, however, as Harbhajan Singh drove a full toss for four.

After tea Bresnan went for a few runs as India counter attacked, but he did manage to pick up his fifth wicket when he had Singh caught for 46. He finished with figures of 5-48 - his first five-wicket haul in Test matches - as England won by 319 runs to go 2-0 up in the four-match series against the world rated number one team.

Earlier in the day, Bresnan went past his second Test 50 and plundered some quick runs before falling ten short of a first century when caught at gully off a ball that popped off the pitch onto the shoulder of the bat.

In the first innings, Bresnan made 11 with the bat and took 2-48 from 21 overs.