England coach Andy Flower has heaped praise on Tim Bresnan for his starring role in the one-day and Test series wins over Bangladesh, and said the Yorkshire all-rounder has what it takes to fill Andrew Flintoff’s boots.
Bresnan, 25, has demonstrated an uncanny familiarity with the attributes Flintoff showed when he rose to the top in the middle of the last decade.
Flower is expected to revert to four bowlers this summer, Bresnan’s 91 in the second Test has seen the England coach earmark him as a future world-class all-rounder, The Sun reports.
He said: “Bresnan was the stand-out bowler here. He’s been skilful with reverse swing and accurate with a heavy bouncer. He’s hard physically too. The experience he got playing a part in our wins was valuable.
“I was happy with his batting too. He managed his innings well and built it. He’s not had many chances and I’d like to see him develop it more. His defence was very good. I don’t know if he can do that in more pressing situations, we’ll have to see.”
Although Bangladesh may represent the weakest opponents during Flower’s 12-month tenure as full-time England coach, he said his side is improving.
“If I’m honest, we’ve a way to go before we catch the world’s best sides. We know that from our standing in the rankings at No 5. There is a lot of hard work and thought that must go into making us a far stronger unit.
“We have a busy schedule with the World Twenty20, Bangladesh and Pakistan before Australia next winter. While the next Ashes are important, we must win along the way to build the confidence needed,” Flower said. (ANI)