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T&A catches up with England seamer Tim Bresnan in the supermarket
Buy this photo » Tim Bresnan meets Bradley Perry, 11, at the Asda superstore in Pudsey
All-rounder Tim Bresnan, who was visiting the Asda superstore in Pudsey yesterday in his role as a Kwik Cricket ambassador, has given the thumbs up to the country’s newest Ashes venue.
The 28-year-old, who helped England clinch the Ashes at the Riverside this week, said: “We always get a good following when we play at home but the atmosphere on Monday afternoon and evening really helped us, particularly on the castle side.”
Bresnan, who is still coming to terms with being excluded from the rest of this season’s internationals against Australia because of a stress fracture of the lower back, took the key wicket of David Warner when the Aussies were threatening to win the match on the fourth day.
The Yorkshireman said: “I just got a ball to bounce and nip, and it proved that you were never really in on that wicket. But you could play on it when the sun was out and the ball was old.”
Bresnan, who was careful not to bend too much during his ambassadorial duties, only received his injury diagnosis on Thursday, and said: “It is still a bit sore and I am gutted to be missing the last Ashes Test.
“Hopefully rest will be the cure and I will be okay for the winter series (in Australia) but I will know more in the next few days and weeks.”
Meanwhile, Bresnan, who is centrally contracted to England, is optimistic that his Yorkshire colleagues can win the County Championship to cap the club’s 150th anniversary year.
He said: “Most of my best mates play for Yorkshire and I am constantly in touch with them.
“We are ten points ahead. It is all a matter of being consistent.”
Bresnan is also a Castleford Tigers supporter, and when asked for his forecast of tomorrow’s crunch match against the Bulls, he smiled and said: “My heart says Castleford but my head says the Bulls.”
* Asda are in their eighth year of sponsoring the Kwik Cricket Competition, which is the largest grass-roots event in the UK. The soft-ball event, which is integral to the ECB’s goal of increasing participation among children, involves over 140,000 cricketers from 14,000 primary school teams, and it is growing.