Full name Timothy Thomas Bresnan
Born February 28, 1985, Pontefract, Yorkshire
Current age 31 years 152 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club, Yorkshire
Nickname Brezy Lad, Brez
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Castleford High School, Pontefract New College
|Test debut||England v West Indies at Lord's, May 6-8, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 17, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Ireland v England at Dublin (Malahide), May 8, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Netherlands at Chittagong, Mar 31, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Northamptonshire v Yorkshire at Northampton, May 14-17, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Yorkshire at The Oval, Jul 11-14, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Scarborough, Jul 27, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, Jul 22, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/24, 95*||Yorkshire||v Notts||Scarborough||27 Jul 2016||LA|
|24*, 2/26||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||24 Jul 2016||LA|
|26*, 1/30||Yorkshire||v Northants||Leeds||22 Jul 2016||T20|
|12, 0/17||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||20 Jul 2016||T20|
|17, 0/34||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||15 Jul 2016||T20|
|1/22, 3, 0/10||Yorkshire||v Surrey||The Oval||11 Jul 2016||FC|
|24*, 1/28||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Derby||10 Jul 2016||T20|
|10, 2/31||Yorkshire||v Warwickshire||Leeds||8 Jul 2016||T20|
|63, 0/112, 39||Yorkshire||v Middlesex||Scarborough||3 Jul 2016||FC|
|5, 2/30||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Leeds||1 Jul 2016||T20|
A powerfully built allrounder, Tim Bresnan had been tipped for higher honours since he became the youngest player in 20 years to represent Yorkshire when he debuted in 2001. It was nearly a decade later that he really announced his arrival in the big-time, however, with a phenomenal performance in the fourth Test against Australia in Melbourne in December 2010. Called into the side as a replacement for Steven Finn, and with a remit to keep the runs down, he starred with a performance of skill, pace and unrelenting accuracy. First, he played a key role in bowling Australia out for 98 in the first innings, then he sealed England's successful defence of the Ashes with 4 for 50 in the second innings.
Such was his understated value to the side that England won the first 13 Tests he played in - a record bettered only by Adam Glichrist. At that point, having taken eight wickets against West Indies at Trent Bridge, Bresnan averaged 40 with the bat and 25 with the ball but the lingering effects of an elbow injury that required surgery early in 2012 were about to take their toll. He claimed only five wickets in his next five Tests - and two in four against South Africa and India - before undergoing another operation at the start of 2013. He returned to the ODI team for their run to the Champions Trophy final and then picked up four wickets in England's crushing Ashes win at Lord's but his utility had been diminished and he became a victim of England's subsequent Ashes whitewash in Australia, his career limited after that to limited-overs formats.
Bresnan began his international career in the England Under-19 set-up and was part of the team in 2002 and 2003 - playing in two World Cups - the same years that he won the NBC Denis Compton Award for most promising Yorkshire player. All the potential took a few years to develop, but 2005 was an important year for him as he was given more responsibility in a transitional Yorkshire team. He was surprisingly overlooked for the England Academy, but started 2006 with a string of impressive performances with bat and ball, leading to a call-up to England's new-look one-day squad to face Sri Lanka. However, he fell victim to the flashing blades of Jayasuriya and co., then suffered injury in the second half of the season as he lost his place for the series against Pakistan.
A better all-round summer in 2008 helped him catch the selectors' eyes again, however, and he was called up late in the season for the one-day squad. But after a winter without any honours it appeared he would have to bide his time again before he was surprisingly named in the Test squad to face West Indies. He duly played in both matches, but such was England's dominance it wasn't until the final day of the series that he finally made his mark. He claimed his maiden Test wicket in the second innings and eventual figures of 3 for 45, as West Indies slumped to an innings defeat.
While he hovered around the fringes of the Test side thereafter injuries during England's tour to Bangladesh in 2010 opened the door and he impressed, showing good discipline and stamina in trying conditions. He then played an important role in delivering England the 2010 World Twenty20, showing skill and an unfailing ability to hit his straps early to give England control with the new ball, before returning at the end of the innings with steely death-bowling.
Injuries than began to hamper him. A second operation on a troublesome right elbow caused him to miss the 2013 tour to New Zealand. He returned to England's colours adamant that his pace, which he admitted had been reduced because of the injury, had been restored, but it was hard to accept the claim as he struggled like many of his colleagues during England's 5-0 whitewash in Australia in 2013/14. He did not represent England in Tests the following summer and committed himself instead to back-to-back Yorkshire Championship wins were his down-to-earth approach, on and off the field, remained highly prized.
An unbeaten hundred against Somerset was his first since 2007 and an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 366 with Jonny Bairstow against Durham at Chester-le-Street - both batsmen making career-best scores - emphasised Yorkshire's might. It was a record stand against Durham, the third-highest seventh-wicket stand in the history of first-class cricket and it is the fifth-highest for Yorkshire, the other four all being opening partnerships.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2002, 2003
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2012
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