TIM BRESNAN believes he is good enough to win back his England place and insists that if he never plays international cricket again, he can look back with pride on his time at the top.
The Yorkshire pace bowler lost his Test spot after the Ashes series and has not played for England since the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.
But Bresnan has no intention of throwing in the towel as he seeks to add to a tally of 23 Test, 84 one-day and 34 T20 international caps.
The 29-year-old reflects with justified satisfaction on some memorable moments playing for his country. “I’m not ruling anything out England-wise,” said Bresnan. “I’m still good enough, still the same sort of cricketer I was when I last played for England.
“I’ve worked out a few technical things and there’s no reason why I can’t get back in. I don’t think I did a great deal wrong; they’re just looking at other players and blooding some youngsters, which is fair enough.
“If I never play again for England, I can look back and say I’ve had a pretty decent career in Test cricket.
“Some of the things I’ve achieved, I look back and I’ve got no regrets with how I’ve played, or what I’ve done.
“I’ve been in the No 1 Test team in the world, won a Twenty20 World Cup, got two Ashes victories.
“The only thing really was the Champions Trophy final. We cocked up a bit in that one.”
Bresnan, who plays for Yorkshire today in the quarter-final of the Royal London Cup against Durham at Headingley, with England batsman Gary Ballance also available, has steadily improved throughout the summer.
He has been particularly potent in one-day cricket, contributing important wickets and runs. “I struggled a little bit when I came back from Bangladesh after the Twenty20 World Cup with my elbow,.
“I managed to get that sorted out in May and I feel I’ve gone from strength to strength.
“Overall, I’ve done okay. I’ve not set the world on fire, but consistent performances are what the guys are looking for.”
Bresnan, who feels England made the correct decision sticking with Alastair Cook as captain, believes the national side are making good progress.
“There’s good signs for England moving forward,” he said. “The young lads like Joe Root and Gary Ballance have been brilliant.”
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