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Monday, February 28, 2011


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 Nigel Womersley

Perhaps if he was a public schoolboy from the home counties or a South African show pony he may have been taken more seriously.

The Reverse Sweep

Maybe Nigel. Although being a Middlesex playing former Radley pupil hasnt prevented Andrew Strauss from being criminally under-rated as an opening batsman in ODI by several former players in the media. I think the initial performances of Bresnan in international cricket suggested he had a lot of heart, but not much else. Clearly however, he has worked at his game and now has more weapons at his disposal.


Bres is substance over style. He's just not glamour, not fashionable, and he probably never will be. Nigel's barb is understandable, but as you point out, it's never quite that simple, is it? What is it that made Gough box-office and fêted but will probably leave Bresnan forever under-rated?

Anyway, if you wouldn't mind continuing to write Bresnan off, Mr. Reverse Sweep, we'd be much obliged and hopefully he can go on turning in high-quality performances and we can all go on being inexplicably surprised by them ;)

The Reverse Sweep

You got that right Simon. Bresnan certainly has weight of substance in his favour! He is a big unit as they say.


My TRS incorrect preditions counter is one of my favourite front room ornaments.

The Reverse Sweep

Yep, Ive got it wrong a few times with the likes of Bres and Trott. Everyone remembers the gaffes and not the inspired predictions - for instance I championed Tremletts inclusion in the Ashes squad and predicted he would be Englands dark horse in the series. At least I got that one right!!

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Despite this, we still shuddered when he came on to bowl on Sunday with Virender Sehwag having played himself in (after riding his luck several times in the first over of the match alone) looking ready for lift-off.

In our defence, Bresnan’s ODI average of just under 40 coupled with a poor career economy rate didn’t exactly warrant confidence. But once again, Bresnan proved us wrong.

He got Sehwag with his fifth ball and induced several plays and misses from Gambhir in a tidy opening spell. Then he came back at the end and took four more wickets to stop a rampant India in its tracks and give England at least a sporting chance of winning the match.

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