India A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day October 30, 2012

Good to have Pietersen back - Bresnan

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Tim Bresnan said that Kevin Pietersen's return for his first England appearance in almost three months, after a destabilising episode that threatened to see the batsman cast into the international wilderness, was no different to having a player come back into the side following an injury.

Pietersen was part of the England XI taking on India A in a three-day tour match and took a catch off Bresnan's bowling to help remove Ajinkya Rahane in the first session. Pietersen last featured for England in the second Test against South Africa at Headingley at the start of August but Bresnan described his team-mate as the "same old Kev" and said it was good to have him back.

"For the lads it's nothing different to having a player come back to the squad who has been missing for a while," Bresnan said. "There's not been much made of it. Everyone in the know of what's being going on, they've sat down and spoke about things and I guess a few of the senior players have spoken, but for the rest of the boys it's pretty much been like having someone who's been injured come back in the side, it's not been exceptionally different.

"It's been the same old Kev. The energy in the field he showed today, all day, it was just Kev to be honest. It's been good."

Despite losing Steven Finn to a thigh problem early in the day, England's bowlers made regular breakthroughs after being asked to bowl in their first tour outing. Bresnan was the pick of the attack, with 3 for 59, while Graeme Swann also picked up three wickets as India A closed on 369 for 9, Manoj Tiwary top-scoring with 93.

"Overs under the belt is key in warm-up games, especially when we're playing Twenty20 cricket for quite a spell over the last month or so," Bresnan said. "So definitely, get a day out there, get a day in the legs, a day in the field.

"You can get value for your shots out there, if it's past the infield, it's pretty much four. There's not much margin for error short or full so I think that's a bit of rustiness but you expect that first day out.

"They played nicely, Tiwary played lovely but it seems like a nice wicket to bat on and obviously we'll know more after we have a go on it but it wasn't doing particularly much. And they dug in for a partnership when the going was good so that's part of what cricket's about."

The biggest stand of the day came when Tiwary put on 110 with Irfan Pathan for the seventh wicket. Tiwary was eventually the eighth man out, the first of two in two deliveries for Bresnan, who said that he had enjoyed bowling with the SG ball. "We've been using them a bit in Dubai the last couple of day," he said. "I like the balls here, they're nice to bowl with, swing a bit early on and reverse a bit later on, the spinners like them. It's a lot like a Dukes, but not a Dukes."

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  • Mike on November 2, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    I must admit Randy I wish we had Pat Cummin's, that lad never misses a game.

  • John on October 31, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @Jimmers on (October 31 2012, 01:14 AM GMT) - Why does anyone need to be dropped? Wasn't that what all the reintegration was all about? Also you say about KP having such a great year - Swann maybe hasn't , but his ODI/T20 performances have gone unnoticed by many , esp against Aus where he changed the momentum of the Aus inns on several occasions and in the WC he was IMO out best bowler. KP has only really helped us win one test match this year after a pathetic start in UAE and in that match who was the man who took 10 wickets?

  • front on October 31, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    He's a lovable sort ole Bressy! If cricket was the east-end of London, Bresnan is the Krays 'Muscle', not much up top, but says 'yes sir, no sir' when required and flexes his muscle when asked. Somewhere else the strings are pulled but he has not the where-with-all to understand how things operate. If you want someone to spout the 'party line', then get a mic in front of Bressy.

  • Mohammad on October 31, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    if gamhir or sehwag dont perform in the first two tests and get rahane in rahane is really scoring hudred every third innings in domestic cricket. get both gambir and sehwag do not perform bring murli vijay and ajinkya rahane in otherwise they will not geta chance till sehwag and gambhir retire and an indian pure talent would be wasted

  • pranay on October 31, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Just waiting for the moment to tell Bresnan after inevitable failure in India "Go Home, if you are not capable"

  • Andrew on October 31, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    @Jimmers on (October 31 2012, 01:14 AM GMT) - Swann has had a tough 2012, but I think he has more than enuff "credit" in the bank to survive the first 2 or 3 tests of this series. That being said he - didn't have enuff credit to survive the entire Saffa series! I have a high regard for Swanny, but there is a couple of blips he needs to work on with his career - against the 3 best Test teams he has played against - Oz, India & Saffas - his averages are 40,40 & 39 & S/Rates of 81,69 & 80! Like I said, I really like Swann, I love his interviews & I think he is a really good spinner, but there are some holes in his resume!

  • Jimmers on October 31, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Sacreligious I know, but myself I'd just drop Swann. The needle appears to be between him and KP, and whereas KP's having one of the best years of his career, most international batsmen have got the measure of Swann (or rather worked out how to make DRS work for them instead of him) and I don't think we'll see him pick up many more wickets before he's put out to pasture. Team unity is nice, but not much use if your players are better at cuddling than they are at winning matches. Bring someone like Monty in, he'll be so glad to get another go he'll get on with anyone, and we can all move forward. Easy. Though admittedly not very likely.

  • Andrew on October 31, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    Enough of the usual "good to have him back" crud from every second squad member. What I want to see is an interview with Swanny, with a current file pic of the two in the middle of a handshake, & a beer each in the other hand! Anything else is just spin! == == == BTW - I like Bresnan, but he is not fooling anyone with the lines like "...For the lads it's nothing different to having a player come back to the squad who has been missing for a while," or "... it's pretty much been like having someone who's been injured come back in the side". Also the comment "...It's been the same old Kev... it was just Kev to be honest. It's been good." - wasn't that the problem - the "...same old Kev..."?????? Just stirring & I am making a mountain out of a mole-hill, but I think I am technically right!!!!!!

  • Jay on October 31, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Gotta say buddy, some of your comments are hilarious LOL !!!

  • Randolph on October 30, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Of course he is glad to have him back, there is no English talent coming through sadly.

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