South Africa in England 2012 August 14, 2012

Bairstow can handle pressure - Bresnan

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Jonny Bairstow, who will be charged with the unenviable task of replacing Kevin Pietersen in the series-deciding Test against South Africa at Lord's, is not the sort to buckle under the pressure according to his Yorkshire and England team-mate Tim Bresnan.

Memories of an uncertain Test series against West Indies when he was unsettled by short-pitched bowling from Kemar Roach will be quite enough to cope with as he faces Dale Steyn and Co. and to replace Pietersen, whose absence has attracted such attention, will not make his task any easier.

Bresnan suggested that all the fuss will wash over him. "I don't think he'll care who's been dropped or who he's replaced," he said. "It's a chance for him to impress everyone, a chance for him to play in a Test match and a chance for him to show exactly what he can do and show how talented he is."

Bairstow had suffered a lean run of form for Yorkshire after he was dropped from England's Test side, but an assertive hundred against Australia A at Old Trafford will have restored his self-belief.

"He is unbelievably talented and I think he can get runs at this level if he gets a start," Bresnan said. "All he needs to do is feel a bit of confidence out there and he got that last week against Aussie A. He played really well against a really good attack. He took Mitchell Johnson apart. From what I saw on the highlights he played some unbelievable shots and played the short ball well as well."

Bresnan put Bairstow's problems against West Indies down to uncertainty about whether his normal aggressive style should have been adopted in a Test at Trent Bridge at a time when Roach was producing a hostile spell with the second new ball in testing conditions, albeit that England were 300 for 4 when he came in to bat.

"He just looked in two minds about what to do with it," Bresnan said. "When I've seen him play in county cricket he tends to just smash it in the stand. If that's his way of doing it then that's what he needs to do at this level as well.

"Maybe in his first Test he decided to do something different when he came up against the West Indies which is nothing new there. It's just a bit of inexperience creeping in because you don't want to get caught on the hook in your first Test match. But I think if that's the way he plays it that's the way he should play it this week."

Bresnan was the latest England player to be asked his view about the Pietersen rumpus and his response had something for everyone: the ECB were within their rights to take a stance against Pietersen, but he would also have no issues with him coming back into the side if the issues were resolved.

"I think the ECB and the management have got to take a stance at some point and it doesn't necessarily matter what's going on in the calendar. If they feel the stance is now then the stance is now.

"Personally I've got no problem with Kevin so yeah, if everyone a lot higher up the pecking order than me says it's deemed okay for him to come back and play that's fine by me. It's the same welcome he'll get as Jonny got when he joined the squad yesterday."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @ZB/JM - I know they changed it with the test rankings but I don't remember an article (which cricinfo usually do) when the T20/ODI rankings changed. Must have been really recent as I know after the Aus series they were still 1. Funnily enough , I think we deserve to be 1 in T20s but not in ODIs.

  • zenboomerang on August 16, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @JG2704... re: ICC rankings - every August the 3rd year gets dropped back to 2 years & builds again over the next 12 mths... That is why the big drop in Oz ODI, T20 rankings - been a poor 2 year period for us in the shorter formats... Though am amused at our Test ranking at least until next week & expect a tough year ahead...

  • jmcilhinney on August 16, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (August 15 2012, 21:47 PM GMT), out with the old, in with the new. Just like the Test rankings were reshuffled recently due to old results being dropped, so too have the ODI and T20 rankings.

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @tanstell87 on (August 15 2012, 12:39 PM GMT) I was about to correct you on the rankings but then on checking I was astonished to find that we'd (Eng) had slipped off the top of the T20 rankings (where we had a big lead) but that we were top of the ODI rankings and Aus who were still top after the Eng/Aus ODI series are now somehow 4th

  • AKS286 on August 15, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    no not again johny. suppiah, root or hales will be a good option.

  • raoashishyadav on August 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    dropping kp is england's loss more than kp's and while they drop him they should prefer chris woakes or eoin morgan no way bairstow can handle steyn and philander when he cant handle roach.

  • jonesy2 on August 15, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    the fact that bresnan is talking is weird. how is he still playing test cricket while bowling medium pace rubbish. if this bairstow lasts mutiple balls it will be a success. hopefully both these guys are around for the next ashes series along with the likes of broad, bell and strauss

  • tanstell87 on August 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    South Africa will be number 1 ranked test team by next week...they might go & win the ODI series too & will overtake England in ODI rankings too....& they will become the first team to be number 1 ranked team in all 3 formats !

  • Dashgar on August 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I hope England realize that actually Bairstow is replacing Taylor, Taylor is replacing Bell and Bell is replacing Pietersen. Ian Bell needs to step up in the absence of KP and Bairstow should be rated as a new player, not as a game breaker. I know it seems simplistic but England need to realize that KP leaves a gulf that won't be filled.

  • RandyOZ on August 15, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Doesn't this article belong on Page 2? The title is hilarious!

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @ZB/JM - I know they changed it with the test rankings but I don't remember an article (which cricinfo usually do) when the T20/ODI rankings changed. Must have been really recent as I know after the Aus series they were still 1. Funnily enough , I think we deserve to be 1 in T20s but not in ODIs.

  • zenboomerang on August 16, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    @JG2704... re: ICC rankings - every August the 3rd year gets dropped back to 2 years & builds again over the next 12 mths... That is why the big drop in Oz ODI, T20 rankings - been a poor 2 year period for us in the shorter formats... Though am amused at our Test ranking at least until next week & expect a tough year ahead...

  • jmcilhinney on August 16, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (August 15 2012, 21:47 PM GMT), out with the old, in with the new. Just like the Test rankings were reshuffled recently due to old results being dropped, so too have the ODI and T20 rankings.

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @tanstell87 on (August 15 2012, 12:39 PM GMT) I was about to correct you on the rankings but then on checking I was astonished to find that we'd (Eng) had slipped off the top of the T20 rankings (where we had a big lead) but that we were top of the ODI rankings and Aus who were still top after the Eng/Aus ODI series are now somehow 4th

  • AKS286 on August 15, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    no not again johny. suppiah, root or hales will be a good option.

  • raoashishyadav on August 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    dropping kp is england's loss more than kp's and while they drop him they should prefer chris woakes or eoin morgan no way bairstow can handle steyn and philander when he cant handle roach.

  • jonesy2 on August 15, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    the fact that bresnan is talking is weird. how is he still playing test cricket while bowling medium pace rubbish. if this bairstow lasts mutiple balls it will be a success. hopefully both these guys are around for the next ashes series along with the likes of broad, bell and strauss

  • tanstell87 on August 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    South Africa will be number 1 ranked test team by next week...they might go & win the ODI series too & will overtake England in ODI rankings too....& they will become the first team to be number 1 ranked team in all 3 formats !

  • Dashgar on August 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I hope England realize that actually Bairstow is replacing Taylor, Taylor is replacing Bell and Bell is replacing Pietersen. Ian Bell needs to step up in the absence of KP and Bairstow should be rated as a new player, not as a game breaker. I know it seems simplistic but England need to realize that KP leaves a gulf that won't be filled.

  • RandyOZ on August 15, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Doesn't this article belong on Page 2? The title is hilarious!

  • Caje77 on August 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Where is Ravi Bopara? He could bowl a bit too and with no Pietersen there is no fifth bowling option for eng captain knowing the surface of Lords . it is better England go with Five bowlers (4 quicks+1spin)i.e include Graham onions in place of Finn as he is a good bowler to left handers and with Saf having 3 left handers and do not play bairstow as he is vulnerable to short stuff and this Saf attack is the worlds best at the present

  • shot274 on August 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Bairstow, Taylor, Bresnan, Finn-none would make it to the number 1 teams of the past. Without KP its just not a world beating side anyway!I personally would have preferred Morgan to either Taylor or Bairstow;I dont think think Bairstow is international or test material. And its not just about bouncers. Cricket management-can you sort out this regular mess! Chris Gayle fell foul of management, so did Younis Khan and now KP.Ultimately its cheating the public when the best players are not selected for non cricketing reasons and suddenly the balance of a series gets tilted.

  • Last_ride on August 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Bairstow could handle pressure. But can he handle Steyn and Morkel.It was very uncomfortable to see him against West Indies.All said and done South africa easy favorites.Have completely out played England on all departments.

  • cric_fan_ on August 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    looking at his performances in the last two tests, it's time someone says "bresnan can cope"

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    After his performance for the Lions against Aus A, maybe England should think about putting Bairstow in the slips, as their catching has been a big let-down this whole summer. Cook dropping Petersen may have cost them the second Test and, while it was a bit more difficult, Strauss miss off Amla didn't do them any favours in the first game either.

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @phoenixsteve on (August 14 2012, 18:09 PM GMT) I do genuinely like the way you use COME ON ENGLAND at the end of your posts. Good on you man

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    @zenboomerang / R_U_4_REAL_NICK -Agree with most of your posts. If we played Strauss,Cook,Trott,KP,Bell,Prior,Woakes,Broad,Swann,Jimmy, Finn/Onions - (I know this sounds optimistic)I'd actually give us at least a 50% chance if the weather doesn't interrupt.Minus KP but 5/1/5 probably drops it 10%.With KP and 6/1/4 it drops to 35% without KP and with 6/1/4 I would actually go no better than 20% chance of winning. Re Bairstow I'm hearing they're thinking of splitting the 2 youngsters by playing Taylor at 5 and JB at 7. People accuse my 5th bowler of being a luxury position but if that is the case what does that make a batsmen who doesn't bowl batting at 7 - esp when we need to win a test?Love to be proved wrong but just as in the UAE I fear we will lose the series without having even tried our best formation.We need to push the game forward to win and we can do this by either taking wkts quicker or scoring faster runs and without 5 bowlers and KP we have neither

  • rahulcricket007 on August 15, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    @AHMED HUSSAIN . MAN ROACH IS NOT A BAD BOWLER . HIS BOWLING AVERAGE IS 28 WHICH IS BETTER THAN MORKEL . ALSO HE MOSTLY BOWLS IN 140-150 KPH BARRIER . HE HAS EVEN TROUBLED RICKY PONTING WITH HIS SHORT PITCH BOWLING . HE IS A VERY GOOD BOWLER .

  • Buckers410 on August 15, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Easy: 1. Strauss (c) 2. Cook 3. Trott 4. Bell 5. Taylor 6. Prior 7. Broad 8. Bresnan 9. Tredwell 10. Anderson 11. Finn. Tredwell is in more form than Swann and he has an attitude problem.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 15, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @JG2704 (post on August 14 2012, 21:40 PM GMT): yup, have to agree. My 50:50 stance on this series has gradually shifted to 70:30 in favour of SA now. As much as I would love to be proved wrong and see England scrape a win at Lords, I just don't see the depth and balance there now to achieve this. There is a lot of pressure on the so-called all-rounders to fire with both bat and ball.

  • Aboss on August 15, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Looks like Tim Bresnan is here to stay in the English team, like it or not. And I dont like it! There are better bowlers in English cricket than him. And he is not a genuine all-rounder. The only genuine all-rounder in the Engish team is Matt Prior and look at what number he is batting at 7. He should either open or bat at 5. After KP and Cook he is the best English batsman someone who knows how to counter attack and not get bogged down like Bell or Strauss. Andy Flower has Prior batting with Bresnan and Broad where as he should be batting with Cook and KP thats called attacking cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I think that a lot of people are keen to write of Bairstow a bit prematurely. Sure he didn't score a lot of runs against WI but, when it comes to short-pitched bowling, it was really just one innings where he had real problems. The next game he looked very confident leaving bouncers. He still didn't make a score but not everyone does in their first series. I think one issue is that naturally he would hit those deliveries but feels he needs to be more circumspect at Test level and is being caught in two minds. I think that once he works out which way to go on that then he'll look more at home. Obviously he doesn't have KP's experience and may never have KP's numbers. Ideally England would not have needed him for Test cricket for at least a year or two yet but he obviously has a lot of talent and it's far from a foregone conclusion that he will fail. I'm not saying I'm sure he'll make runs but anyone who says they're sure he won't is not basing that on facts.

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 15, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Bresnan should be worried about his own game - but then again, who else have ENG got. Serious lack of talent in the bowling dept., Finn is below average (@Hammond - #1 in 3-years, that CRACKS me up), and the rest are down on form and pace. We all know the only movement Swanny gets from the ball is when it hits the sweet spot of a Saffers bat, goes the journey, and crashes into the pickets (or takes out one of the unlucky spectators). And the batting stocks are just as pathetic. Bell looks like a frightened schoolboy when he belatedly wanders to crease. The only quality bat is Cook, but he scores like a snail, and is about as attractive to watch. The only fighter in the team is Prior, pitty he's surrounded by the rest of that mob. Mediocre champions - not even - IND proved to be mediocre - pathetic and atrocious best describes ENG's short-lived reign at the top. Neither Bairstow nor Taylor will trouble the scorer - but I guess single figures is a praiseworthy achievement for an ENG bat!

  • on August 15, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    talk about shooting urself in the foot! I wood have KP over either Bairstow or Taylor any day. He may b i pain in the neck 2 manage sometimes but he is 1 of a few players in the English setup u can count on to deliver when the going gets tough. It will be tuff for England to lose the series 1-0 to level the series they will need a major miracle :(

  • zenboomerang on August 15, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @JG2704... I think England could win if they play at close to 100%, though I have some concerns if Broad & Swann can after recent events... As Taylor batted at no.6 Bairstow for me is at no.4 to break up the newbies, but there will be pressure on the middle order - really need Strauss, Cook or Trott to get 100's... "If" the Saffa's bat well there will be added pressure on the 4 bowlers - Trott really is just a fill-in bowler & not a wkt taker... I would have preferred another bowler or Woakes to Bairstow & solved a possible bowling problem within the team & a more aggressive approach - yes I know, it will never happen... lol @myself...

  • satish619chandar on August 15, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Now i am sure that Swann can score more than Bairstow and bowl.. Plus, add value in slip cordon.. Please England, play 5 bowlers atleast now.. Having two new comers might backfire.. Prior now has sole responsibility to counter attack.. Bell will be the most key member of the game..

  • satish619chandar on August 15, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    @yorkshirematt : He had brilliant centuries in all the Ashes he played, he was the Man of the series in the only ICC tournament England had won.. I would rather consider him as LEGEND of English cricket than anybody of course.. Certainly, he is better match winner than Freddie itself.. How many match winners did England produce of this kind.. Marcus was one.. KP already beat Marcus with the way he played against better teams like SA, Australia and in the subcontinent.. Just because he did a kiddish thing, his achievements won't go to the dock..

  • on August 15, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Let us not jump on emotions. KP has done his bit but his head is not steady on shoulders and is paying his penalty now. Now that he has aplogised, let ECB take its own decision. TIll hten, whosoever has been picked as KP's replacement has to be encouraged and that is what Bresnen has done. Simple as that.

  • phoenixsteve on August 15, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    @Ashes61... Nope I haven't lost the plot but I really don't rate Bresnan. He's probably a nice guy and a team man but I don't see him as a match winner? I've never been a KP fan but will admit class when I see it. Bresnan's place is the 3 or 4 th seamer and we shouldn't be thinking about his batting ability - or lack thereof? Are you seriously saying that you'd overlook Finn or Onions or a fit Tremlett for a second rate seamer like Bresnan? As for Straussy's captaincy - sure he's been good for English cricket but he's starting to become a liability with A) No runs b) Dropped catches c) Inability to handle KP d) lack of tactical imagination - at times and e) still no runs! As for all this KP hype I'm sick and tired of it! Talk about mountain's out of molehills...surely these seasoned professional don't have such sensitivity? How the heck are they going to cope with real Aussie style insults (AKA sledging). Now come on Straussy prove me wrong= win on Thursday and I'll be most delighted!

  • vrn59 on August 15, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    For this Test match, I would recommend a five-man bowling attack for England. Seam bowling is their strength and the conditions at Lord's are likely to support the bowlers. Tim Bresnan could assume more batting responsibility at No. 7, with Matt Prior at No. 6, a position he is very capable of making his own. A pace attack comprising of James Anderson, Stuart Broad (who looked a lot better on the fifth day of the previous Test), Steven Finn and Bresnan, combined with Graeme Swann's offspin will create a formidable attack. This will certainly weaken the batting, but selecting both Jonny Bairstow and James Taylor is too risky for England, since they are inexperienced. Ideally, I would always have six batsmen, a keeper and four bowlers and England have successfully adopted that formula for a long time, but I think they'll have to take this chance if they want to win. SA bat deep and stronger bowling will boost England. Also, their top 4 (Ian Bell at No. 4) will have to be more responsible

  • Hira1 on August 15, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    England will certainly loose in 3 days time and hopefully this will be the last test match for the many so called great players included in this playing 13

  • yorkshirematt on August 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @Cpt Meanster Pietersen is NOT one of the great players and will never be considered that. What has he ever done for the three lions apart from a few marquee innings? Not consistently though by any means, which to me is the mark of a true "great". He was the most talented batsman in an otherwise stodgy english batting lineup, but that's not saying much. I'd suggest Bresnan certainly knows a lot about his fellow yorkshireman and team mate Bairstow as well. Certainly more than most on here who have only ever seen him bat on TV against WI

  • on August 14, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    The batting is weak with only men in form are cook and prior....it will be interesting

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    The one positive thing is that most neutrals (can I call them that?) and even most realistic Eng fans (inc myself) expectation levels are not great. We all hope that England win of course but few expect it. Now while I feel our only realistic chance is playing a 5/1/5 , that aint gonna happen.The fact that Bairstow looked so out of his depth vs WI might actually be a good thing in terms of pressure as the expectation isn't there , most expect him to fail. Maybe I'm strawclutching here but he has nothing to lose here.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 14, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    OH MY GOD !!! What does Timmy Bresnan even know about great players ???!!!! Bresnan is an average 'county' standard player commenting on the BEST English batsman of this decade. If that isn't outrageous then I ain't sure what is. Sure Bairstow would fit in well... I mean how ? He will be bombarded with barrages of short pitch bowling from Steyn and co. I am looking forward to seeing some highland hops from Bunny Bairstow this week. What a chuckle.

  • PACERONE on August 14, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Bresnan is the English mascot.Now that they have lost a match with him playing his place in the team will be very questionable.S.Africa will not bowl as poorly as they did in the last test.They were still able to get top of England batsmen out.KP might be a prick but he must have some reasons to feel that his team mates do not like him.It cannot just be his imagination.If he was that screwed up in the head he could not of dismantled the S.A bowling like he did.No other batsman..except Prior ..seemed capable of doing likewise.

  • ani100 on August 14, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    The man who is not even fitted for eng odi IX now will replace eng greatest ever batsman.what a shame........G

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I look forward to seeing little Jonny take one on the badge compliments and Dale and Morne!! licking lips already. PURE PROTEA!!!

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    KP has more wickets than Bresnan in the series including the prized scalp of Mr Smith. What does Bresnan have to say about that?

  • ashes61 on August 14, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    phoenixsteve: Has all this given you a bit of a turn? Bresnan a "bits and pieces player"? He's no such thing. Did you not see the reaction of the Aussie media when they saw him last year? He's a genuine bowler who'll get many wickets at Test level. His batting'is a bonus & I'm sure he's been picked on merit as a bowler each time. He's an all-rounder by all the definitions of the term & has every chance of becoming a genuinely good Test all rounder. With a batting average of 40 he's made a good start. Do you really think the media tag of his being a lucky player for ENG, who won during his first 12 games, was a reason for Flower & the others picking him? Don't be so silly! If he gets no wkts, nor are the others likely to! Your remarks about Strauss are presumably just a joke? Flower's & Strauss's leadership have put ENG where they are today - no other factor looms so large. We are certainly going to need Strauss's captaincy & batting for the Ashes. How can you lose the plot so quickly?

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 14, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    You couldn't really ask for a tougher comeback when you have been dropped due to poor technique against the short ball. No doubt he has being working hard on it and I am sure Morkel won't try and rough him up, I like Jonny and think he will be Englands wicket keeper/batsman in the future his batting style fits but this is a tough ask. I agree with other Englsih posters and would have loved to see Woakes picked as a genuine all rounder. Say what you like but the hundreds of overseas comments on all of our links shows we are the most intersting side in world cricket.

  • yorkshirematt on August 14, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    What? Brez and KP don't get on? Who'd have thought it? Lots of people (not from England) writing off JB. Well he WILL become an excellent Test player, no doubt about that. He needs time and a run in the side to achieve it though.

  • maddy20 on August 14, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    You are right Bresnan and Chris martin is better than Rahul Dravid. Does he not find this comparison damn hilarious? Kp vs Bairstow? SA will have Bairstow for lunch, sandwiched between James Taylor and Andrew Strauss!

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    And anyway BreasTnan how about you and Stuart Bord focus on creating some pressure with the ball the rest of the world can't understand why your both in the 11 ahead of FINN . . .

  • MattyP1979 on August 14, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    JB is an exciting prospect and lets see how he will perform. Probably a bit of a big jump these 2 youngsters trying to save a series against SA but that is why it is called test cricket. In his natural game JB is an extremly destructive batsman. And why is it that Bresnan has a bad game and everyone jumps on the lad, I actually think he is more than bit n peices and will be key in the sub-cont. Eng to win a lords, Ind/Aus fans heads explode, and the world keeps spinning.

  • Hira1 on August 14, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    wow! what a comparison Bairstow vs KP...keep on dreaming Bresnan, if England has to remain in contention for the world best team then KP has to be back in the side, sooner the better

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Steyn and Morkell will eat this little piggy for breakfast watch him get blown away should be fun LOL

  • CricFan78 on August 14, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Bresnan why dont you worry about yourself lad. Averaging 100+ with ball in the series and you are mouthing off at England's best player

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Bairstow was a rabbit in headlights v TINO BEST granted Steyn and co are not as quick but they will just as easily dismiss him he won't do anyting notable KP is a huge loss.

  • duncanmoo on August 14, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    I hope he does well, if only to prove that KP is in fact England's weakest link - from an SA fan.

  • ZiggyMarley on August 14, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    I can see Bairstow getting a hundred. I watched Phil Hughes & Marcus North destroy us in their first few innings in international cricket. We're generally worse against newbies.

  • phoenixsteve on August 14, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Life goes on without KP and I guess Bairstow and Taylor are players for the future at least. It's just a shame that this may have to come at the expense of the present? Whilst England are Spring cleaning they should get rid if 'bits and pieces' Bresnan who's never looked like a true Test cricketer and owes a lot of his selections to the 'Englands lucky charm' title! Get in some specialists quicks - Onions would be a start... give Broad and Swann some severe warnings about dealings with the media and after Lords appoint a new captain - he'll probably stand down anyhow? Of course I might be totally wrong and England will beat SA at Lords...... (coming doctor) We'll soon see? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on August 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    haha...If this guy can't handle Roach then I can't see him handling someone like Morkel or Steyn. Good Luck England! :)

  • voma on August 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Good on you Tim Bresnan , the words of a true professional cricketer .

  • AF2199 on August 14, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Just One Word: Hilarious !!!!

  • SagirParkar on August 14, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    as much promise as Baristow has and demonstrates, i cant help but feel a bit sorry for him. he has been thrown in at the deep end here.. he is an exciting limited overs bat,. not sure if he is ready - mentally and technically - to handle this SA bowling line up... i am sure Steyn and Morkel wont waste much time in giving him a taste of the short stuff..

  • StatisticsRocks on August 14, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It's not easy to fill in KP's shoes. KP can dominate like no one and he showed that in the last test match..Steyn or no Steyn he was just brillaint against everyone. Dropping KP is a huge mistake especially in this crucial test match. As an outsider I have not kept everything that has been hapenning but would have thought ECB would have sorted this without media getting hang of it. Such situations should be handled internally and not let the whole world know what's going on.

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  • StatisticsRocks on August 14, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It's not easy to fill in KP's shoes. KP can dominate like no one and he showed that in the last test match..Steyn or no Steyn he was just brillaint against everyone. Dropping KP is a huge mistake especially in this crucial test match. As an outsider I have not kept everything that has been hapenning but would have thought ECB would have sorted this without media getting hang of it. Such situations should be handled internally and not let the whole world know what's going on.

  • SagirParkar on August 14, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    as much promise as Baristow has and demonstrates, i cant help but feel a bit sorry for him. he has been thrown in at the deep end here.. he is an exciting limited overs bat,. not sure if he is ready - mentally and technically - to handle this SA bowling line up... i am sure Steyn and Morkel wont waste much time in giving him a taste of the short stuff..

  • AF2199 on August 14, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Just One Word: Hilarious !!!!

  • voma on August 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Good on you Tim Bresnan , the words of a true professional cricketer .

  • on August 14, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    haha...If this guy can't handle Roach then I can't see him handling someone like Morkel or Steyn. Good Luck England! :)

  • phoenixsteve on August 14, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Life goes on without KP and I guess Bairstow and Taylor are players for the future at least. It's just a shame that this may have to come at the expense of the present? Whilst England are Spring cleaning they should get rid if 'bits and pieces' Bresnan who's never looked like a true Test cricketer and owes a lot of his selections to the 'Englands lucky charm' title! Get in some specialists quicks - Onions would be a start... give Broad and Swann some severe warnings about dealings with the media and after Lords appoint a new captain - he'll probably stand down anyhow? Of course I might be totally wrong and England will beat SA at Lords...... (coming doctor) We'll soon see? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • ZiggyMarley on August 14, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    I can see Bairstow getting a hundred. I watched Phil Hughes & Marcus North destroy us in their first few innings in international cricket. We're generally worse against newbies.

  • duncanmoo on August 14, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    I hope he does well, if only to prove that KP is in fact England's weakest link - from an SA fan.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Bairstow was a rabbit in headlights v TINO BEST granted Steyn and co are not as quick but they will just as easily dismiss him he won't do anyting notable KP is a huge loss.

  • CricFan78 on August 14, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Bresnan why dont you worry about yourself lad. Averaging 100+ with ball in the series and you are mouthing off at England's best player