Tim Bresnan, a two-time Ashes winner, has an enviably statistic to his name at the highest level, winning the first 13 Test matches he played in between 2009 and 2012, in which time he took the wicket that retained the Ashes for England in Australia in December of 2011.
The Pontefract-born bowling all-rounder, a Championship winner with Yorkshire, also played in every match of England’s successful World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies in 2010 alongside new ball partner and current White Rose colleague Ryan Sidebottom.
Bresnan is by no means the quickest bowler in the world, but his relentless accuracy and ability to move the ball through the air and off the pitch made him a force at the highest level.
Added to this, his value with the bat in the late middle order should not be underestimated in any format, and he has five first-class hundreds to his name – three scored in the 2007 summer for Yorkshire (two) and the England Lions and two scored in 2015 as the White Rose won the Championship.
Having come through the ranks at Townville and Castleford Cricket Clubs, he became the youngest player to play for Yorkshire’s first team in 20 years when he played a Sunday League match against Kent at Headingley in 2001 aged just 16 years and 102 days.
Bresnan became a two-time Ashes winner in 2013 having battled back from an elbow injury which ruined his previous winter. His involvement in the latter stages of the summer series against the Aussies was also curtailed due to a stress fracture of the back.
In 2014, his benefit year at Headingley, he played a significant part in Yorkshire’s Championship title success, scoring 338 runs in ten matches and taking 30 wickets, and bettered those hauls 12 months later.
2001 – Debuted for Yorkshire’s first team, meaning he was youngest player to play for the county in 20 years – Paul Jarvis was 16 years and 75 days old when he burst onto the scene in 1981.
2002/2004 – Played for England under 19s at two World Cups in New Zealand and then in Bangladesh, reaching the semi-finals at the latter.
2005 – Scored three Championship half-centuries through the summer and claimed 5-42 in a win against Worcestershire at New Road, which is still a career best for him in first-class cricket.
2006 – Debuted for England in both one-day and Twenty20 cricket against Sri Lanka, but injury struck to force him out of the second half of the summer. Awarded his county cap in July.
2007 – Scored his maiden first-class century against Surrey at the Oval in July, 2007 when he made 116 and set a record ninth-wicket partnership for Yorkshire of 246 with Jason Gillespie, now his county coach. It was one of three centuries that summer.
2009 – After making a brief England return in a one-day international against Scotland in August, 2008, Bresnan was handed his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord’s in May, a match which England won by ten wickets. He also featured prominently in England’s limited overs plans for the rest of the year.
2010 – Took seven wickets in two Tests on tour of Bangladesh and scored a first-innings 91 in the second Test at Mirpur from number seven in the order before winning the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean a couple of months later in May. He then took six wickets in the fourth Test of the Ashes series Down Under at Melbourne, including 4-50 in the second innings. He finished with eleven wickets in a series which England won Down Under for the first time since 1986/7.
2011 – Claimed a career best 5-48 in both one-day and Test cricket against India – first at the World Cup in March and then in a 4-0 Test series win on home soil in the summer as England became number one in the world in the longer format.
2012 – Snared eight wickets in the match as Bresnan, now known as his country’s lucky charm, won his 13th Test in a row with England against the West Indies at Trent Bridge in May. A draw at Edgbaston in the next Test ended that run, but featured in all forms of cricket against South Africa and India later in the year. Also played in World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.
2013 – Was ruled out of England’s winter tour of New Zealand with an elbow injury, but returned to Yorkshire colours and battled back from injury. He took 16 wickets in four Championship matches before adding 10 in three Ashes Tests at Lord’s, Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street. He became a father for the first time in June to son Max Geoffrey, and travelled to Australia in October for England’s winter Ashes series of 2013/14 as he stepped up his recovery from a stress fracture of the back.
2014 – Unfortunately for Bresnan, he drifted out of the England reckoning under the new regime led by coach Peter Moores, yet it will still be a summer he remembers forever. In his benefit year, he won the Championship title with his home county having been around in 2001 as a 12th man when the county won it last, although he never played that year. Thirteen years on, he scored a summer’s best score of 95 in the title-clinching win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
2015 – Bresnan played a solitary one-day international against Ireland in May before starring for Yorkshire with bat and ball in the Championship. That he didn’t win any of the club’s end of season honours shows just what a stunning year Jonny Bairstow had. Bresnan, with a streamlined approach to the bowling crease, enjoyed his best summer in Yorkshire colours – and not just with the ball. Added to his 45 wickets, he also scored 849 Championship runs, including two hundreds and four fifties. His 169 not out in the away win over Durham in June. He shared 366 for the seventh wicket with Bairstow in the first innings, the highest partnership for that particular wicket in the history of the competition. It was a win which broke the back of the title race.
NameTim T Bresnan
Born28th February 1985
RoleRight Hand Bat// Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler
County DebutNorthamptonshire v Yorkshire, 14th May 2003
First ClassNorthamptonshire v Yorkshire, 14th May 2003