Search

Ashes 2013: Bresnan expected Aussie fight

21:52 01 August 2013

England

England's Tim Bresnan shows his dejection as Shane Watson makes runs, during day one of the third Ashes Test match. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England’s bid to retain the Ashes in Manchester this week suffered the reality check paceman Tim Bresnan said they were expecting on the opening day of the third Test.

Australia may be 2-0 down in a series they must win to regain the little urn but produced arguably their best day since arriving on these shores, led by skipper Michael Clarke’s 24th Test century.

Clarke put the heat on his misfiring batsman to resurrect their hopes on the eve of the match and after closing today on 303-3 they were well on course to winning back any lost goodwill.

Bresnan revealed afterwards that his side had expected Australia’s fightback, especially after they won the toss on a batsman-friendly pitch and in hot conditions.

“We were expecting a fight. I think every time you play against Australia you expect them to fight hard,” Bresnan said.

“Their backs were against the wall, so why wouldn’t they push even harder back?

“We were expecting something like this. It’s up to us now to counter-act that tomorrow.”

England were hardly impotent despite Australia’s progress, with their quicks beating the bat on a number of occasions.

They could also feel aggrieved at the Decision Review System - which came under further scrutiny today - after Steven Smith twice survived marginal reviews.

The right-hander was then trapped plumb in front by Stuart Broad only for Tony Hill to turn down home appeals.

That Smith went on to join Clarke in an unbeaten 174-run stand ensured Australia’s first-day dominance - but the tourists themselves were smarting with the officials after Usman Khawaja was erroneously sent on his way by TV umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

Cricket Australia have since requested clarification over the decision, as replays seemed to prove he did not edge behind off Graeme Swann, but Bresnan was more concerned with the way his fellow bowlers toiled in tough conditions.

“The conditions were pretty good for batting, so we’re quite pleased with the way we stuck in there,” he said.

“It’s not like we didn’t create any chances. We passed the outside edge frequently.

“On another day those might be nicks. We might come back tomorrow morning and get the nicks we didn’t get today. We hope we’ll get our rewards in the end.

“It could have gone a couple of different ways today. Had the luck been with us, the plays-and-misses we did get could have taken the outside-edge - and they could be six down.”

The Yorkshireman admitted though that removing Clarke early tomorrow would be crucial after the Australia skipper batted supremely today for his 125.

“Hopefully we get him for not many more. Have you got any tips?” he said.

“He’s played pretty well, left the ball well. He’s identified it’s probably a batting day, and got stuck in there.

“Credit to him. It’s not really done a lot out there.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Harry Kane struck a fine first-half goal for Tottenham

Harry Kane was back amongst the goals with a fine first-half strike in Tottenham’s first public pre-season match, but Tottenham were beaten 2-1 by the MLS All-Stars in Denver, Colorado.

Yesterday, 17:54
Stoke Newington CC

The storms that washed out cricket across London last weekend did at least allow Stoke Newington to draw breath.

Yesterday, 17:00
Leyton Orient's Jay Simpson celebrates with Blair Turgott after scoring his first at Woking (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Forward discusses Ian Hendon, Fabio Liverani and pre-season campaign

Yesterday, 12:25
James Franklin

It seems to be that time of the season when counties are trying to take some pressure off their main venues, and that gives us the chance to play at a few outgrounds.

Most read sport

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hackney Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder