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.


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Anonymous said...

And even worse - he was nominated for emerging player of the year! How and why? Probably the same way Ryan Harris is nominated for cricketer of the year. And Ponting.

I could be at this all day.

greyblazer said...

Maybe the panel of judges foresee Bresnan getting a hundred, taking 5 wickets and hitting Punter on his helmet at Adelaide.

Punter??? maybe because of his inspirational captaincy at Lord's when he gave North the ball and he took 6 wickets!

Wes ~PFCNFS~ said...

Tremlett is one thing, I do think he is worthy but sure England don't want to have another dung boy in the team, they're having enough trouble keeping Barbie from damaging the reputation of the English team further. Murts in Oz, not sure if this would go well but it would be the shit to see him play for England :D

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greyblazer said...

Dung boy lol. Who would you support if half of the Middlesex players play for England in a game against Aus??

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Suhas said...

I don't rate Bresnan either, though he seems a decent proposition at the one-day level, in the Kyle Mills or Praveen Kumar mould. Disappointed to see Tremlett falling off the radar, I'd like to think he'd be a good bet in Aussie conditions. Is Graham Onions out of contention for an Ashes spot?

And whatever happened to the other English seamers who've been picked over the last couple of years...Amjad Khan, Liam Plunkett, Ajmal Shazad and Sajid Mahmood?

greyblazer said...

The chances of Onions being picked is perhaps 50-50. Amjad Khan, Plunkett and Mahmood don't have the consistency. The last time I saw Saj he was still bowling with an scrambled seam. Sehzad though is in the reckoning but they picked Bresnan ahead of him.

greyblazer said...

If I am the selector I won't pick Onions as however good a bowler maybe yet I don't want to pick a bowler who is coming back from an major injury and is short of match fitness. The last time selectors did that it almost ruined Anderson's career in 06/07.