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Throwback Thursday: Tim Bresnan

— 25 June 2020

Paul Dyson takes a break from the Memory Grounds series and looks at the records which Tim Bresnan has created for both Yorkshire and England, following the announcement that he is to leave Yorkshire with immediate effect.

Bresnan first wore the Yorkshire shirt in 2001; he played in four List A matches in that season and 21 in 2002 before making his first-class debut in 2003 as well as, like everyone else, also experiencing the T20 format for the first time. This means that he played for the county for 19 seasons and this places him amongst a very exclusive list of those whose careers fall entirely within the last 50 years, as the following shows.


P Carrick 1970 – 1993 24 seasons
DL Bairstow 1970 – 1990 21 seasons
RJ Blakey 1985 – 2004 20 seasons
C White 1990 – 2008 19 seasons
TT Bresnan 2001 – 2019 19 seasons
MD Moxon 1980 – 1997 18 seasons
A McGrath 1995 – 2012 18 seasons

In 2006 Bresnan was awarded both his county cap and his England cap as that was the season when his international career began with four ODIs against Sri Lanka, the first being at Lord’s. Three years later his Test career started and, amazingly, he was a member of the winning England team in all of the first 13 matches of his five-day format career. This is an England record, whether it is from the start of a Test career or not, and is only two short of the world record of 15 for a debutant held by Adam Gilchrist of Australia. (The world record for non-debutants is held by four Australians from the same era and stands at 16.) England’s original record for this feat was also held by a Yorkshireman: George Ulyett experienced ten successive victories during his career and since that time Ashley Giles has also beaten that figure.


    13 TT Bresnan Yorkshire 2009 – 2012 Tests 1-13
    11 AF Giles Warwickshire 2003/04 – 2004/05 Tests 31-41
    10 G Ulyett Yorkshire 1884/85 – 1890 Tests 16-25

    Ulyett’s sequence was at the very end of his Test career and eight of the ten matches were against Australia.

    Back to Bresnan’s achievements for Yorkshire; he is one of only two players, Jonny Bairstow being the other, who share in two records for the county’s highest wicket partnerships. In 2007 Yorkshire faced the challenge of Surrey at The Oval for its first match of the season. Batting first, the score was 348 for eight when Jason Gillespie joined Bresnan. Neither batsman had previously made a century in the County Championship yet both proceeded to put this behind them, Bresnan’s 116 being his maiden century in all first-class cricket. The result was that they produced a stand of 246 and this created a new record for Yorkshire’s ninth wicket, the previous record (54 runs fewer) having stood for 109 years!

    Eight years later Yorkshire had slipped to 191 for six against Durham at Chester-le-Street in what was typical of 2015 when time after time the top order failed in its prime task and the lower-middle order came to the rescue, this being a major contribution towards enabling the county to win the title and repeat its success of the previous year. Bresnan joined Jonny Bairstow and proceeded to make another career-best score – 169 not out – as the pair smashed Yorkshire’s record for the seventh-wicket – which had stood for 96 years – by a colossal 112 runs putting on an unbeaten 366 together before the declaration came with Bairstow left on 219 not out.

    Bresnan has a clear affinity with T20 cricket; he was a member of the England team which won the World Cup in 2010 and Perth Scorchers won the Big Bash when he was with it in 2017. For Yorkshire he holds four records in this format: he has played in 118 matches (Adam Lyth 111) and has taken most wickets, also 118 (Adil Rashid 110); in 2017 he took six for 19 against Lancashire at Headingley – no other Yorkshire bowler has ever taken more than five in a match; finally, with 1,208 runs to add to his 118 wickets, he is the first, and so far only, all-rounder to complete the 1,000-run and 100-wicket double in this format. David Willey has over 1,000 runs but only 38 wickets and Rashid has over 100 wickets but only 577 runs so Bresnan’s record looks very safe for some time yet.

    As Bresnan leaves his native county’s cricketing stage all its supporters will be grateful for his wholehearted efforts which have brought them so much pleasure, and him so much success, and they will wish him all the very best in the next chapter of his career.