Bresnan eyes another Test victory
Tim Bresnan is certain he will celebrating his 13th successive England Test win today but does not want to become known as his country's "lucky mascot".
Bresnan has yet to taste defeat at the highest level and his spell of three for 10 in six overs last night went a long way to ensuring that sequence would continue in the second Investec Test against the West Indies at Trent Bridge. The tourists resume this morning just three ahead on 61 for six and staring down the barrel of defeat.
"I prefer 'lucky charm' to mascot. Mascots dress in silly outfits on the side of the pitch," he said. "I don't pay too much attention to the record. I like to make a contribution in whatever capacity I can. I didn't really do that at Lord's but I think I've made a contribution here and made a difference to this game, which is all I can ask of myself."
The Yorkshire all-rounder left little doubt about how he expected the remainder of the match panning out, either.
"We got a 50-odd run lead and got them six down which is pretty popular," he said.
"To get them 61 for six is a phenomenal effort on that wicket. We still have a lot of hard work to do but I'm backing us to knock the last four lads over without them getting too much of a lead.
"But it doesn't really matter how many they get from here, I'm backing the batsmen to chase anything."
Ravi Rampaul, who aided the West Indies fightback with a disciplined bowling return of three for 75, could not hide his exasperation at the top-order failures.
"It's tough watching the top six batsmen get out after the bowlers worked so hard in the first two sessions," said the seamer.
"It's frustrating. It isn't easy to bowl 120-odd overs and then look at your batsmen not applying themselves and losing their wickets. I ask them to focus more, apply themselves a bit more and they will get there."