Monday, August 23, 2010
The selection of Bresnan
I see that Tim Bresnan has again been selected in the England's squad for the final test against Pakistan. He must be a very lucky cricketer as inspite averaging over 35 in test cricket, almost 40 in one-day cricket and 61.2 in T/20 cricket, he is assured of a place in t/20 cricket and one-day cricket and is likely going to be picked for the Ashes tour. (let me make it clear that I am thinking about his bowling averages and not his batting) Even more interesting is the fact that he averages over 30 in CC this year.
So, why do selectors continue to pick Tim Bresnan in all three formats of the game? Is it because he averages over 40 as a batsman in test cricket? His average of over 40 is primarily because he scored 91 in Bangladesh, but the half century came on a flat deck and a few umpiring decisions went his way. I really doubt whether he has the ability to get runs against better teams.
In my humble opinion, Bresnan is yet another bits and pieces cricketer, who may get the occasional fifty with the bat albeit against weak teams and on the odd occasion, may get a three, or a four wicket haul. Most of the times, when he bowls, he tends to push it down the leg-side and doesn't give the control that is expected from a support seamer. Yes, occasionally he can bowl better like he did in Bangladesh, but that isn't good enough. Chris Woakes, or even cricketers like Murtagh maybe thinking, if Bresnan can get selected why not them.
I also looked at this year's top wicket-takers in division one and the number one seamer during the year has been the ever consistent Chapple with 48 wickets at shade under 19. The 36 year old seems to be as fit as a fiddle as he has bowled over 300 overs this year. Actually, he is perhaps the fittest bowler in CC and he is 36. It makes me wonder, how could a bowler, who can consistently hit the good length spot, move the ball both ways and at good pace couldn't play for England in test cricket, but M.Smith, S.Brown, Bresnan and co. played for England. Of course, Chapple can chip in with useful runs lower down the order as well.
If not Chapple, as he is 36 now what about Tremlett? Question marks have been raised over his temperament, but seems to have comeback strongly this year for Surrey and more importantly, hasn't been injured this year, but just because Vaughan, or few others think that he is mentally frail, it looks like he may not get another chance.
I would just say that Bresnan is a lucky man to keep playing for England in all three formats of the game, though his record doesn't make for good reading.