Bresnan calls for patience

  • Last Updated: August 2 2013, 19:36 BST

Reaction from day one of the third Ashes Test.

Bresnan calls for patience

England bowler Tim Bresnan admits patience will be key as his side attempt to break down Australia's new-found resilience at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The tourists' top-order batsmen finally broke out of their slump on day one of the third Test, captain Michael Clarke's unbeaten century adding to Chris Rogers' innings of 84 to take them to 303 for three at stumps.

Clarke put on an unbroken 174 with Steve Smith (70 not out) as conditions led to relatively straightforward batting conditions.

Bresnan said: "It's always tough when the wicket plays like that and the sun's out but the Aussies played really well today.

"As soon as the ball got a bit old, got softer, it stopped swinging then the sun came out.

"There's not much out there, we tried to keep (the ball) fresh and new as long as possible but even though the outfield is quite lush, reverse (swing) was difficult.

"You've got to be very patient and keep plugging away, we've gone past the edge a few times.

"That's just how the game goes, tomorrow morning we could go past the edge a couple of times and they might nick it."

Australia opener Chris Rogers, who made 84, says the tourists must take full advantage of their superb opening day.

"We've copped a lot of criticism so far but that has made us fight and today that helped us.

"But we need to keep going on Friday. This is as good as the wicket will get to bat on, so we must take advantage.

"We must keep batting and there are some cracks in it so we must put pressure on England for the first time in the series."

As for facing Jimmy Anderson, who failed to take a wicket on Thursday, Rogers added: "You have to concentrate hard. He can swing the ball both ways and you mustn't lose focus.

"You've got to watch it as hard as you can and hit it as late as you can."

In the end Rogers fell 16 runs short of what would have been a maiden Test ton, trapped leg before by Graeme Swann.

"The ball was there to hit through square leg but I missed it. That's it."


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