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Bresnan: No hiding from big brother Andy
Tim Bresnan has revealed nothing escapes the attention of coach Andy Flower because "the walls have ears" in the England camp.
Bresnan painted the Orwellian picture after he was overlooked for England's previous two games against West Indies - the washed-out NatWest one-day international at Headingley and Sunday's Twenty20 victory.
The Yorkshire paceman said: "You can always get up for a game but if you are not preparing as well as you can that's always to the detriment of the team, which suffers. The walls have ears, so if you whisper to somebody that you are tired it's going to get back to the coach pretty quickly."
He added: "I felt I was lethargic and saving myself in training for games and that's a bad habit. Andy Flower, Dave Saker and the medical team have a lot of communication between themselves. I wanted to play but I understand the other side of the coin.
"There's a lot of cricket coming up. I've bowled a lot of overs and if Andy and the medical staff think I looked tired and need a break I respect that decision. They have the best interest of the team and myself at heart. I would rather take one game out and rest than be forced to take an extended spell out because of injury."
England's decision to rotate their side for the Headingley one-day international, having already won the series, caused much consternation among supporters.
"Yes, I understood there was a bit of unrest as you put it," Bresnan said. "It would have been nice to take the field at Headingley, but as it turned out no-one took the field so it was no great loss. Every time you get selected for England you get that feeling of pride."
Bresnan feels refreshed heading into the first one-day international of the series against Australia at Lord's on Friday. As one of five specialist bowlers set to be named in the England side, Bresnan is confident he can deliver batting at seven.
"I'm happy where I am with my cricket at the minute. I know I can always improve with bat and ball but I'm striking it nicely," said Bresnan, who made his international breakthrough against Australia in 2010. "I feel I could do a job wherever I am in the order.
"We are expecting a decent test against Australia. They are number one in the world and we respect them accordingly. It's always good to make a positive start no matter who you play against. We want to set the tone for the series and the rest of the game."