The Ashes: Bresnan's energy boosts England - Moxon

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon believes Tim Bresnan has taken "a massive step" after he helped bowl England to an Ashes-retaining victory over Australia at the MCG.

Bresnan started the Ashes series as England's fifth-choice bowler but he was chosen ahead of Steven Finn, the top wicket-taker in the series after the third Test in Perth, for the Melbourne Test and produced an excellent display of controlled reverse swing to take six wickets.

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The 25-year-old's key contribution came on the third day when his run of three wickets for two runs in 18 balls saw him claim the prized scalps of Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

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And the Yorkshire all-rounder followed that up today by claiming the final wicket, getting Ben Hilfenhaus to edge behind as victory was sealed.

Moxon believes that Bresnan's fourth Test performance has silenced those who doubted his fitness and ability to produce at Test level.

"I am very pleased for Tim, he has had to be very patient while waiting for his chance. But this is a massive step for him, he has shown his ability and he really rose to the occasion," he said.

"He is a different type of bowler to the other guys in the England attack, he is a bit stockier and offers some variation. He has worked very hard when he has had the chances on tour to get the nod, and I'm

delighted to see him do so well."

And Moxon says Bresnan's bubbly personality will also be a major asset to England's team spirit in the years to come.

"He is a very good man to have around the team," added Moxon. "He is one of those guys who brings a real energy to a side, he always gives 100% and hopefully he can continue to do so in this England team."

Moxon, a former opening batsman, also revealed his admiration for the "greed" of England's batting line-up, particularly Alastair Cook.

"All through last summer it looked as though Alastair Cook was in danger of losing his place in the side, and some people may have seen him as a concern.

"But he, and the rest of the England batting line-up have been excellent. They have been greedy when it comes to getting big scores, they have not just settled for fifties or hundreds, they have looked to push on and been disciplined."

While the urn has already been retained, Australia can still draw the series with victory in Sydney. And Moxon believes it is imperative that the tourists ram home their superiority with a win at the SCG.

"The fifth Test is very important," he continued. "They have outplayed Australia throughout the series, with the exception of Perth. It would be fitting if they can complete a deserved and emphatic victory."

Paul Heckingbottom.

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