NAME: Timothy Thomas Bresnan DOB: February 28, 1985, Pontefract ROLE: All-rounder (right-arm seamer, right-handed bat) NICKNAME: Brezzy lad DID YOU KNOW?: Bresnan and First XI Coach Andrew Gale are brothers-in-law. Bresnan married Hannah, the sister of Andrew’s wife Kate.
In the early stages of 2020, Tim Bresnan is set to reach the 200 first-class appearance mark, with matches coming for both Yorkshire and England. He is only two away from a milestone which says much about a special cricketer in his mid-thirties.
The experienced all-rounder is also the county’s leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket with 118, though he could potentially be overtaken by Adil Rashid, who is a close second on 110.
Only Bresnan, Rashid, current bowling coach Rich Pyrah and Azeem Rafiq have reached the 100-mark for the Vikings in that format.
Former England star Bresnan was a key reason why the county won back-to-back Championship titles in 2014 and 2015 and oh so nearly won them a hat-trick of crowns in 2016.
He enjoyed a golden run of form in those three years, as much with the bat as the ball. Returning to the milestones for a second, he is also 400 runs shy of 7,000 in his first-class career.
Bresnan was a regular source of wickets with his skilful seam bowling, but his biggest contribution came with the bat, with him proving to be a highly dependable middle to lower order batsman.
In fact, during the final match of 2016 when Yorkshire were battling Middlesex for the title at Lord’s, he batted at number five and hit a stunning unbeaten 142. While it contributed to getting enough bonus points to keep the title race alive, it later transpired that Middlesex prevented Yorkshire from winning three titles in a row.
Between 2014-16, Bresnan took 106 wickets from 37 Division One matches and hit 1,909 runs at an average of 45.45. That haul included 13 fifties and three hundreds, with a career best 169 not out against Durham at Emirates Riverside in 2015.
In 2017, he did not manage to live up to that form, and he even found himself left out of the Championship team for the final match against Essex at Chelmsford.
But it wasn’t all bad for the the effervescent all-rounder.
He started the year by winning the Big Bash with Perth Scorchers as an overseas replacement for Yorkshire team-mate David Willey, claimed six wickets in a Roses T20 win at Emerald Headingley and ended it playing more T20 cricket in the Bangladesh Premier League with Sylhet Sixers.
He returned to Perth for a second overseas spell ahead of the 2018 English summer, and his form for the White Rose was mixed.
He struggled in the T20 Blast, but claimed a career best 5-28 in a Championship draw with Hampshire at Headingley in September, by which time he had penned a new two-year contract through to the end of 2020.
A big part of his role at the club is now to help guide the plethora of talented youngsters.
Bresnan has struggled for some time with right elbow pain, but he went under the knife for a third time in his career ahead of 2017.
A two-time Ashes winner, the Pontefract-born star has an enviably statistic to his name at the highest level, winning the first 13 Test Matches he played in between 2009 and 2012, in which time he took the wicket that retained the Ashes for England in Australia in December of 2011.
He also played in every match of England’s successful World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies in 2010 alongside new ball partner Ryan Sidebottom.
Of Bresnan’s six first-class hundreds to date, three of them came in 2007 for either Yorkshire or the England Lions team.
Having come through the ranks at Townville and Castleford Cricket Clubs, he became the youngest player to play for Yorkshire’s first team in 20 years when he played a Sunday League match against Kent at Headingley in 2001 aged just 16 years and 102 days. Paul Jarvis was 16 years and 75 days old when he burst onto the scene in 1981.
Bresnan enjoyed a benefit year with the club in 2014.
He had played at two World Cups for England Under 19s in 2002 and 2004 before the summer of 2006 saw him debut for England’s full team in T20 and one-day cricket as well as earning his county cap.
Bresnan scored his maiden first-class century against Surrey at the Oval in July 2007 when he made 116 and set a record ninth-wicket partnership for Yorkshire of 246 with Jason Gillespie.
Two summers later, he was handed his Test debut against the West Indies at Lord’s in May, a match which England won by 10 wickets, before winning the World T20 with in the West Indies in April 2010.
The year would get even better as, in December, he helped retain the Ashes, finishing with eleven wickets in a series which England won Down Under for the first time since 1986/7.
His career best Test haul of 5-48 came against India in the home series of 2011, with a 4-0 win helping England reach the world number one ranking, before helping win a Test series in India for the first time in 27 years in late 2012.
He was ruled out of England’s winter tour of New Zealand with his elbow injury in early 2013, but he returned to Yorkshire colours and battled back from injury.
He took 16 wickets in four Championship matches before adding 10 in three Ashes Tests at Lord’s, Old Trafford and Durham – another series win.
He also became a father for the first time in June to son Max Geoffrey and travelled to Australia in October for the winter Ashes series of 2013/14 as he stepped up his recovery from a stress fracture of the back.
Unfortunately for Bresnan, he drifted out of the England reckoning under the new regime led by coach Peter Moores in 2014, yet it will still be a summer he remembers forever.
In his benefit year, he won the Championship title with his home county having been around in 2001 as a 12th man when the county won it last, although he never played that year. 2015 was a similar story as Yorkshire won it again, while he also made a solitary ODI appearance for England in Ireland.
His career best 169 not out in the away win over Durham in June came as part of a record 366 partnership for the seventh wicket with Jonny Bairstow in the first innings, the highest partnership for that particular wicket in the history of the County Championship. It was a win which broke the back of the title race.
Unfortunately, the title could not be retained in 2016, but Bresnan won the Players’ and Members’ Player of the Year awards.
Bresnan was appointed Gary Ballance’s vice captain ahead of 2017, and he actually captained the team for a large part of the season due to the skipper’s unavailability due to England commitments and injury.
His standout display came in the Roses T20 win in August when he claimed figures of 6-19, the county’s best ever in the history of the T20 Blast and the third best by anyone in England.
In recent years, Bresnan has not been a regular in Yorkshire’s first team, with injuries biting – he suffered a calf injury in early 2019 for example.