England in Bangladesh 2009-10 March 25, 2010

Andy Flower praises Tim Bresnan's development

Cricinfo staff

Andy Flower, the England coach, has singled out Tim Bresnan as one of the major successes from the tour of Bangladesh which finished on Wednesday with the visitors securing a 2-0 victory in the Test series to follow their one-day whitewash.

However, the Tests were much tougher than the final margins of 181 runs and nine wickets suggest with England having to toil hard for their rewards on two very docile surfaces at Chittagong and Dhaka. They also had a weakened attack without James Anderson, Graham Onions and Ryan Sidebottom but Bresnan, who wasn't in the original Test squad, took his chance, emerging as the leading paceman and also contributed a vital 91 at Dhaka.

"Tim Bresnan wasn't originally selected in the Test party but with the opportunity given to him by the injury to Ryan Sidebottom, and after his performances in the one-day series, he sort of leapfrogged his way into the side," Flower told reporters before the team left Dhaka. "He performed superbly and I think he was the standout seamer in the Test series and probably the one-dayers too."

The most impressive aspect of his display with the ball was the reverse swing he obtained and he also produced the ball of the series to remove Tamim Iqbal in the first Test.

"He reverse swung the ball both ways, he was controlled and accurate, bowled a heavy bouncer and was strong enough to keep going for long periods of time," Flower said. "I thought our players held strong in some trying conditions weather-wise and on some very flat pitches."

But while Bresnan took much of Flower's praise he also commended his attack at managing to dismiss Bangladesh twice - not the simple task it used to be. With Steven Finn making his debut in the first Test and Stuart Broad the senior man it was one of most inexperienced England attacks of recent times.

"To get 40 wickets in the series was a very good effort and we've seen some good cricket as well as excellent individual performances," Flower said. "Our guys needed a lot of discipline on these surfaces."

"Both the grounds had very flat pitches and it was hard to accelerate the game. But there was some hard, disciplined work with ball in hand. The experience gained from having to bowl reverse swing and learning about the different fields that are necessary when you are doing that will be very valuable in the future.

"We had a very young bowling attack, a young captain and a young side and this experience will be invaluable."

The bowling attack was marshalled by Alastair Cook on his first tour as captain. Flower was impressed with how he responded to the challenge and developed during the series while maintaining his batting form with scores of 173 and an unbeaten 109.

"Alastair has handled himself very well on this tour," Flower said. "He's grown every day and his batting has thrived with the extra responsibility. Some captains seem to respond to that. I think he feels a little more comfortable in the role now too. He's loved the experience, loved the challenge and it was a great opportunity to see him in that role."

Cook, though, won't be part of England's next assignment which is the World Twenty20 in West Indies having been left out of the preliminary 30-man squad. The final 15 will be named next Tuesday and the tournament starts on April 30 with England's opening match, against West Indies, on May 3.

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  • joe on March 26, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    A few points to consider. The 'flat' wickets actually didBangladesh no favours as when they had the chance to trun the screw they werre unable to bowl on a wicket that is breaking up. I can apprecaite that it enables them to post 300+ scores. \Chasing 200 ona crumbling turnerwould have been intersting.

    More importantly (and this is endemic) the crowds were incredibly sparse. It happens everywhere across the world. Exciting test cricket (even if its over in 3 days) is better than the alternative. It is unreasonable to expect identical pitches but each country can produce competititve ones. Personally, I believe ICC has to take a view on this as part of a programe to reviatlise the format.

  • paul on March 26, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    AAJS where does he go on and on and on in that interview about the wicket he said they were flat and that was that,lets be honest the Bang players have said the same things so why not mention that,i think they were expecting more from the wickets.When people have been complaining about the wicket it's not about it not being seam friendly,it's about it being friendly to the ball full stop,some deteriation of the wicket to help the spinners would of helped the Bang team as well as made the Test a better spectacle. All in all from the interview you get the sense it was a very hard test for the team especially those that went to the sub continent for the first time,it should prove really handy come the World Cup.

  • Jason on March 25, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    @AAJS, where is this Rhodesia you speak of. Last time i checked a map there was no such place, I take it you mean zimbabwian. The state of the wickets was well reported on CricInfo, where several comentators (not just english) said they were Flat.

    Yes england will have green tops in may/june, that seam and swing, we cant prepare anything other, unless of course you go back to uncovered wickets, or bring in the Heat lamps to bake them hard. regardingthe freezing weather you mean temperatures of around 18-20 degrees celcius, hardly freezing.

    Cook in his statement credits bangladesh with improving and pushing england to 5 days in both tests, compared to the last tour where bangladesh capitualted winth 4 days. this is an improvement.

    Veryeavy, Bresnan is a little like Gough and Truman, in that respect, his action is reminiscent of Trueman as well.

  • Mark on March 25, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    AAJS you do talk some absolute tosh, the chip on your shoulder is bigger than the country you come from pal!

    That's exactly what he's saying, you denying the wickets were not flat and docile? I've seen more life in a Tramps Vest fella!

  • Jason on March 25, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    AAJS, i suggest you read cooks comments where he says exactly that, and states it Bangladesh were tougher than expected. Andy flower is stating a fact, in that the wickets were flat and lifeless, even cricinfo commentators have said this. Yes England will have green tops in may, its not as if you can prepare backed hard wickets at that time of year.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    even a second rate english attack could floor the bangladesh team....let us wait till england plays better teams...

  • Aleem on March 25, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Typical English/Rhodesian... they whip the whipping boys (along with Pakistan at the mo) and still go on and on and on and on about the 'docile', 'flat' wickets, hot weatheretc etc... when they get these totally woeful cricket team over here in the next month or so and prepare green seaming wickets then no one is going to say 'seamer firendly', 'green tops' and freezing weather for the bungi boys... Why can't they just say it has a little tougher then we thought but we expected to and indeed did beat them... end of story.. move on...

  • Matt on March 25, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Haven't seen the lad bowl but judging by the "rump on the chump" displayed in this photo he looks like he has the pedigree ... I'll pass this over to serious comments now!

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