London: Tim Bresnan, who was once dismissed as a chubby lad, has rapidly gained credence as an authentic international all-rounder and lucky charm for England, as his team has now won all 10 Tests he has played.
Ten Test matches, 10 wins, a batting average of 46.43, a bowling average of 23.61 – makes him a genuine all rounder.
Only Adam Gilchrist, whose first 15 matches all brought victory for Australia, had a better start.
“I must be a lucky charm, I guess. I feel very lucky to be part of this Test side; sometimes you have to pinch yourself about how lucky. It’s quite easy to come into a team that’s doing well, everyone firing on all cylinders, momentum behind you," said Bresnan, reflecting on being part of the team of the year.
Bresnan, being one of the Ashes heroes and a member of the side which became number one in the Test world last summer, is still not the first name on the England team sheet.
England’s bowling resources are plentiful and a combination in which Bresnan does not feature (say Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steve Finn or Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann) is possible to imagine, a daily reports.
England was winning the matches in which he appeared.
“I was surprised to be selected for Australia. I thought I had hauled myself into contention, but that was it. To get picked I had to force my case in the nets and then I got an opportunity at Melbourne and feel as though I took it,” he said.
In winning all of his first 10 Test matches, Tim Bresnan broke the previous England record, set by Andrew Strauss with eight.