‘I think we can make it 3-2’, says Tim Bresnan

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“We’re obviously disappointed to lose the series”

Despite already having lost the Ashes for the first time in five years, England pace bowler Tim Bresnan has announced that the national team have what it takes to win the last two Test matches in Melbourne and Sydney.

Melbourne holds a special place in Bresnan’s heart as it was there that he helped fellow pace bowlers James Anderson and Chris Tremlett bowl Australia out for a dismal 98 on the first day of the fourth Test during the 2010-11 Ashes series.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Bresnan said. “Obviously, I have special memories there.

“I hope we can repeat some of that.

“Boxing Day should be pretty easy to get up for – there will be 98,000 or 100,000 people in there.

“If you can’t get up for that, you’re wrong in the head or something.”

Bresnan also admitted that the atmosphere in the dressing room after England had failed to retain the Ashes was “sombre”.

“It was pretty sombre actually after the last day in Perth,” he said. “We’re obviously disappointed to lose the series…but if we bounce back well, I think we can make it 3-2.”

Bresnan also lauded all-rounder Ben Stokes for his maiden Test century on the final day of the third Test in Perth.

“Ben Stokes played out of his skin – and the way we played in the second innings to take it into the last day on that pitch, we can take a lot of confidence out of that,” he said. “I think we’ve now found a solid number three [Joe Root] and a solid number six [Stokes].

“A lot of people inside the changing room knew Stokesy had it in him, to be able to do something like that.

“Now he’s shown the world he can play like that, and get big runs at Test level.”

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