What a return for Tim Bresnan as he showed why he is regarded as one England’s top bowlers with the perfect start taking a wicket with his first ball as he dismissed Durham opening batsman Keaton Jennings for a Golden Duck at the ICG Durham in the LV= County Championship.
The England paceman was playing his first competitive game since his elbow operation earlier this year and was back to his best taking four wickets for 41 runs in a devastating display of seam bowling.
“You couldn’t really have written that, a first ball wicket,” said Bresnan. “But sometimes it just goes like that. I felt good.
“It’s always nice conditions (for bowling) up here, except for when it’s cracking the flags. That’s only in late August. Early in the season at Durham, there’s always a bit in the wicket.
“We were going to bowl, and we were very surprised when they won the toss and batted. When the clouds rolled in, it seemed like the time to attack.
“There was no pain, I feel good and had a decent rhythm as well.
“That’s as close to 100 per cent as I’m going to get. I’m ready (for England). I’ve just got to get my name on the sheet.”
One of the satisfying wickets of day for Bresnan was when Will Smith, who was batting solidly on 42, tried to hook a bouncer for six only to find Ryan Sidebottom on the fine leg boundary, who took his catch with ease.
“I said to Jeff the umpire ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do here’,” added Bresnan. “We’d been bowling for three hours, possibly up to 60 jaffers between us, he’s seemed to play and miss hundreds of times, so I didn’t know where else to go.
“I thought ‘I’ll just bowl him a bouncer and see what happens’. He hit it straight down Siddy’s throat! You need a bit of luck like that sometimes.”
With the game nicely poised, Yorkshire need to apply themselves with the bat on day two and aim for a strong first innings leads if they are going to assert their authority against a competitive Durham outfit.
“Poised I think you’d say,” said Bresnan
“To bowl them out for 230-odd was a good effort. We had a mad middle session, but they came back at us. Phil played really well with a counter punch.
“Two down would have been nice. You don’t need stupid run outs, but that’s cricket.”