Tim Bresnan has managed to turn himself from a medium pace bowler who could bat a bit, into a solid fast medium bowler with the capability of scoring big runs in all forms of the game.
He is arguably England’s most improved player over the last few years, as he developed into a genuine all-rounder. Bresnan initially broke into the England set up when he made his debut for the One Day team, but it is a testament to his character that he has managed to now work his way into being part of, arguably, England’s best test side at present.
The moment when Bresnan really did impress a lot of people and provided a good case for himself when England took over an under strength squad to tour Bangladesh, and on their notoriously flat pitches, which are totally devoid of any pace or sideways movement, Bresnan still managed to pick up wickets by bowling tight lines and in doing so was the standout bowler for England on that trip.
That earned Bresnan the chance to have much more of a chance within the England Test team, and, despite being in and out of the side a fair amount, he still was always in the selector’s thoughts. When he was brought in to replace Chris Tremlett during the Ashes tour of 2010/11, he instantly vindicated the selector’s decision, with a fantastic performance which included a five wicket haul.
Since then, he has been a steady performer for England, and has proved himself to be a very decent foil for the rest of the England attack, as well as scoring some very handy runs down the order as well, and has developed himself into a more than capable number 7 batsman.