Bresnan relishing Test return
All-rounder ready for tough test against Pakistan in UAE
By Dave Tickner. Last Updated: 06/12/11 9:31am
Tim Bresnan: Looking forward to Pakistan series next year
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has no fears for the future of Test cricket and is keen to get back in action against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi next year.
Bresnan has undergone surgery on his elbow but is expected to be fit to take his place on the three-Test tour in January and February after playing a key role in England's rise to the top of the Test rankings over the last two years.
Despite England's dramatic rise to the summit of the five-day game and a series of thrilling recent matches involving the likes of South Africa, Australia, India and West Indies, there have been mounting fears that Test cricket is losing its status as the game's premier format under pressure from the more financially lucrative one-day forms.
But Bresnan does not share those fears, telling skysports.com: "No, I don't fear for Test cricket at all.
"It's still the best form of the game, it can evolve over a long period of time. It was the game when I was a young kid, it was the dream to play Test cricket for England."
Bresnan, speaking at a Slazenger event in Reigate, acknowledges that England may find things tougher now they are the world's top-ranked side and a target for the chasing pack.
He added: "Everyone else is chasing us down now so I think it will be more difficult because we are the team to beat.
"But having said that I think we'll show the same mentality as in the last 12 months when we've been driven to become the number one. The lads are still striving to improve."
And Bresnan is ready for what he expects to be a tough assignment against Pakistan, despite the tour taking place on neutral turf due to ongoing security concerns in the country.
He said: "It'll be tough make no mistake about it. Pakistan have just beaten Sri Lanka, and when it comes to Test cricket Sri Lanka are a very good side.
"We're expecting it to be tough, we're expecting a challenge as in any series we come against these days. We're going to be well prepared and I'm looking forward to it."
Bresnan is confident he can adapt to what are likely to be unforgiving conditions for fast bowlers.
"I've toured Dubai a couple of times as well as playing a couple of Tests in Bangladesh and with the England Lions as well," he said. "I've got a bit of experience on those kinds of wickets but obviously I've still got a lot to learn and I'm looking to improve."
Bresnan also predicts a bright future for his county Yorkshire after their relegation from the top flight of the County Championship last season, predicting an immediate return to Division One.
Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie - who played for Yorkshire in 2006 and 2007 - has come in as head coach with a fellow Aussie, opener Phil Jaques, named as overseas player.
Bresnan added: "It's an exciting period of time for Yorkshire with new coaches coming in and a reshuffle at the top.
"I'm excited to see how it pans out, we've signed a couple of players that will add experience to the young talent we've got, and that young talent have had another year's experience of top-flight cricket. I fully expect us to come straight back up."