AND seamer Tim Bresnan insists his side should be able to look back on their efforts in 2011 with tremendous pride, despite being whitewashed by India in the recent one-day series.
A victory in Saturday’s one-off Twenty20 match meant England at least ended their whistle-stop tour of the subcontinent by ending their seven-match losing streak.
The Test and Twenty20 world No1 team are acutely aware of their deficiencies when it comes to 50-over cricket – especially in the subcontinent, which India again exposed in this month’s 5-0 drubbing.
Bresnan, who has cemented his place in coach Andy Flower’s plans in all formats of the game this year, knows the last few weeks have taught England they are not universal masters of a game, but believes the last 12 months will go down as an unqualified success.
“To be No1 in the world in two out of three competitions, we’re not in a bad place, are we, really?” Bresnan asked. “Test match cricket is the pinnacle of the sport. The way we’ve played our cricket over this year is fantastic, but we’re still looking to improve in any way we can.”
Kevin Pietersen’s superb knock at Eden Garden’s in a six-wicket win helped ease the pain of the one-day series drubbing, which Bresnan conceded was a bitter pill to swallow.
“It was certainly upsetting, the 5-0 defeat, especially the way we lost the other night [when England lost all 10 wickets for 47 runs in the final ODI in Kolkata],” said Bresnan. “It’s been tough and we have to improve in these conditions.”