JASON GILLESPIE says Tim Bresnan is ideally placed form wise to prove Peter Moores right for keeping faith with him in England’s limited overs plans.
Bresnan is in England’s squad for tonight’s Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at the Oval and then the first three of five one-day internationals later this week.
After Bresnan was part of a disastrous winter for the national team in all forms of the game, it would have been easy for England’s coach to make sweeping changes to the herald the start of a new era.
But Yorkshire’s coach believes his former Lancashire rival has made the right call to stick with the 29-year-old.
Bresnan’s results with the bat in a Yorkshire shirt this season have actually been more eye-catching than those with the ball.
But, although he only claimed three wickets in last week’s LV= County Championship win against Warwickshire at Headingley, he was excellent with the new ball in returning 1-33 from 18 overs and 2-26 from nine.
He also hit a vital first-innings 61 to help Yorkshire recover from 181-6 to post 444 all out.
In his only limited overs appearance of the summer so far, he hit 34 not out to keep Yorkshire in their NatWest T20 Blast clash with Northamptonshire on Friday before returning 0-34 from four.
“It’s pleasing to see England have shown a bit of faith,” said White Rose coach Gillespie, who has been able to call upon the player for two Championship matches so far in 2014.
“I’ve been very impressed with Bres. He’s been working on a couple of minor technical things. The ball is coming out well and is carrying through well to the keeper, and he bowled a really good length (against Warwickshire).
“Because Durham was his first game, he was feeling it a little bit.
“To go from playing a second-team game where we can control the number of overs he bowls to all of a sudden being in a first class game, I think he bowled 30 overs on a heavy outfield.
“We gave him a couple of days off to refresh and get away from cricket for a bit, and he came back and benefitted from having an extra day off.”
Gillespie, meanwhile, has paid tribute to Yorkshire’s slip cordon for playing a major part in their early season rise to the top of division one with two wins and two draws from their five matches.
Regular second slipper Adam Lyth, for example, has taken ten catches in the Championship, which is the joint highest number in division one alongside Middlesex’s Ollie Rayner.
“It has been outstanding,” he added. “We’ve taken some fantastic catches, but we’ve also put a couple down.
“To expect lads to take 100 per cent of all catches is unrealistic, but I know how hard they work at it. Every day they train, they get together as a cordon and work on it. I can’t ask for any more than that.”