England fast bowler Tim Bresnan warned Australia that they missed a big opportunity to turn the momentum in their favour during the Ashes 2013, and said that Alastair Cook’s men could make them pay in the return leg Down Under, starting next month.
Bresnan said that England under-performed in the summer, despite beating the Australians by a 3-0 scoreline, taking into consideration their performance the last time they visited Australia. “We weren’t as good as we could have been in the summer despite the fact that we won 3-0,” said Bresnan, as quoted by the Express.
“If we’d played the same cricket we showed in Australia last time [in 2010-11], I don’t think they would have got close. We underperformed as a team and the good news for us is that we have a desire to get better every time we walk out. We are always striving for perfection and I see us improving this winter.”
Bresnan is currently recovering from a stress fracture to his back that ruled him out of the fifth and final Test of the 2013 series, but is hoping to recover in time to be in consideration for the first Test starting November 21 in Brisbane. “At the time I just thought it was a stiff back that the medical staff would sort out with a cortisone injection or something, but they sent me for a scan and a slight stress fracture showed up,” said the Yorkshireman.
“As things stand, I am feeling no reaction either from the gym or the couch! I hope to be able to be fit for the first Test in Brisbane. But the only real test of something like this is bowling. We won’t really know whether I will be fit until I bowl in the nets.”
Bresnan believes that he has proved himself to cement the spot of the third pace bowler in England’s attack, behind main strike bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad. “I have never been the sort to take five wickets like Jimmy or Broady, but I hope always to chip in with two or three,” he said.
Bresnan added that England would have to step up their game if they are to secure a record-breaking fourth straight Ashes win, especially the players who underperformed in the English leg. “The facts are that certain individuals played out of their skins in the summer.” Said Bresnan. “Ian Bell was unbelievable, Jimmy [Anderson] was Mr Consistent, Broady took wickets and Swanny [Graeme Swann] did exactly what we thought he would. But some of the other guys didn’t really do themselves justice and I know that they are looking to turn that around.”