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England seamer Tim Bresnan insists lower-order knocks can be key in Ashes

Tim Bresnan (right): Put on over 100 in an eighth-wicket stand with Graeme Swann (left)

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England seamer Tim Bresnan insists that it is no bad thing that the lower order have had to bat for a long period of time to help England recover from 212-7 in their Ashes warm-up game against Essex.

Bresnan and Graeme Swann have so far put on over 100 for the eighth wicket at Chelmsford after England's top order failed to build on starts to leave Alastair Cook's men relying on their bowlers to dig them out of a hole.

The Yorkshireman though believes the situation could actually be useful for England ahead of the five-match series with Australia.

"Part of a successful team is that everyone's capable with the bat and if needs be they can get you out of trouble if you're in a bit," he told Sky Sports.

"I don't see it as a bad thing that the lads down the order are getting a bit of a hit."

Changes

Bresnan's runs could work in his favour as he competes with Steven Finn for the final place in the Test XI for the series opener at Trent Bridge.

However, the 28-year-old played down suggestions that it will be a bowl off between himself and his Middlesex counterpart.

"We're all part of this one big squad. I think it would be naïve to think we going to play the same team throughout these five Ashes Test matches," he added.

"At some point, there will be changes whether that's for rest or, god forbid, injury."

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