Bresnan is looking forward to the challenge of facing South Africa and defending England’s number one ODI team ranking
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has announced that he feels confident about England’s chances of retaining their number one ODI team ranking against South Africa after the first match was abandoned due to bad weather.
England recently lost their number one Test team rankings to the Proteas after being beaten 2-0 in the Test series, and Bresnan is hoping that England dig deep to ensure that they stay atop of the ODI team rankings.
Before their ODI series against South Africa, England beat arch-rivals Australia 4-0 in a five match ODI series, with one match being abandoned due to constant heavy rain.
Bresnan stated that he was excited to represent England in the ODI series against South Africa, but also hoped to be part of the Yorkshire squad for the Friends Life Twenty20 tournament final.
Writing a column in the Daily Mirror, Bresnan said: “I’m desperate to play my part in an England win to kick off the one day series today, and then I’m hoping to be released to play for Yorkshire and help them to victory on T20 finals day.”
Bresnan also paid tribute to former England pace bowler Graham Onions, who has been trying to claw his way back into the national team with outstanding performances in the county circuit.
“I’m pleased for Bunny (Graham Onions) because he is a quality bowler and is doing everything he can to get selected, but that is out of all our hands and all we can do is bowl as well as possible,” Bresnan wrote.
The England all-rounder knows that the team have had a great run at home, but in order to stay on top of the rankings Bresnan stated that the team had be consistent in their on-field performance.
“That is what I’m hoping to do during this NatWest series. We’ve played some really good cricket in the one-day format recently and we’re pretty hard to beat at home, but we have to keep performing to stay on top,” Bresnan said.
Bresnan believes if England played as well as they did against Australia, then South Africa will have a tough time beating them on home soil.
“If we play the kind of cricket we can and the sort we played against Australia then South Africa will have to play out of their skins to beat us and that is what you have to make the opposition do,” Bresnan added.