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Tim Bresnan targets role as England Test all-rounder

First Test, Lord's: England v Bangladesh
Date: 27-31 May Start time: 1100 BST
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England all-rounder Tim Bresnan and captain Andrew Strauss
Bresnan will hope to impress skipper Strauss (right) at Lord's this week

Tim Bresnan hopes to use Thursday's first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's to help establish himself as an England regular and as a Test all-rounder.

The Yorkshireman has played four Tests since his debut last May and impressed in one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

"I do see myself as an all-rounder," said Bresnan, 25, who hit 91 in Mirpur as England beat the Tigers in March.

"If I get thrown the ball I am 100% behind that, but if I am coming in to bat, then I believe I can score runs."

Bresnan has featured in four Tests since his debut against the West Indies at Lord's a year ago, but has only batted in two innings so far.

He scored nine in his first game against the Windies before hitting 91 in the second Test in Bangladesh earlier this year.


Bresnan also has taken 10 Test wickets at an average of 32.30.

The sturdy right-handed batsmen is more established in shorter forms of cricket, having featured in 21 one-day internationals, and played an important part in England's success in the ICC World Twenty20.

"You are only bound by a tag if you give yourself one, so if I see myself as a bowler who can bat then I am not going to concentrate as much as I should be on my batting, so I like to think of myself as an all-rounder," he explained.

Perhaps unsurprisingly parallels have been drawn with England's last big-hitting, fast-bowling superstar - who retired from Test cricket last September.

"Andrew Flintoff has got very nice shoes," continued Bresnan, wryly.

"He has done so much for English cricket and he is a very good role model for me, as well as for everybody else, for all the kids growing up who want to smack the ball out of the park and bowl at 90mph.

"He has done fantastic things for this game and no one can take them away from him and if I can emulate just some of them I won't be far wrong.

"It is going to take a while to get away from [comparisons with Flintoff] because he has done such great things, but I like to think of myself going out there as Tim Bresnan, not in anyone else's shoes but in my own shoes doing well for England."

Bresnan is expected to bat at number seven if England only employ five specialist batsmen, or eight if they go in with just four bowlers - with uncapped seamer Ajmal Shahzad, a Yorkshire team-mate of Bresnan, the most likely of the 12 to miss out in that case.

Despite Bangladesh being statistically the worst Test team in world cricket, Bresnan is taking nothing for granted.

"Bangladesh tested us in their own conditions, they were difficult to bowl at, especially the way they bat so far down the order," he added.

"But in these conditions it should be slightly different. It should be slightly easier for us to make breakthroughs, but we will not be disrespecting them at any point and hopefully it will end in an England win."

Meanwhile, the controversial umpire Decision Review System (DRS) will not be in use for the Bangladesh Test series after the International Cricket Council (ICC) was unable to agree the allocation of costs with host broadcaster Sky Sports.

The news comes days after the ICC's cricket committee recommended that the DRS should be used in all Test cricket, as well as next year's World Cup.

"The whole question of DRS costs will be raised at the next ICC board meeting in Singapore in June," said an ICC spokesman.

"Depending on the outcome of the board meeting, we may revisit the question of DRS for the rest of the English summer."

The review system, which allows players to challenge on-field umpires' decisions and refer them to the third umpire who uses television replays and other technology to analyse the incidents - with two unsuccessful challenges permitted per team per innings - was introduced by the ICC on a trial basis in June 2008.

However, it has been dogged by controversy - and has only been available for some Tests because of cost issues over the technology involved.

It was in place for England's recent winter tours of West Indies and South Africa, but is yet to be used in England.

England (from): Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, capt), Alastair Cook (Essex), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Steve Finn (Middlesex), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire).

Bangladesh (from): Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Mushfiqur Rahim, Abdur Razzal, Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam, Junaid Siddique, Mahbubul Alam, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Ashraful, Naeem Islam, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Shamsur Rahman, Tamim Iqbal.

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