WE WON’T MISS KP England may be better off without him, says Bresnan
TIM BRESNAN says England might be a better side without Kevin Pietersen.
All-rounder Bresnan brushed aside suggestions that KP would be missed in the crucial third Test against South Africa, which starts at Lord’s on Thursday.
Pietersen was dropped by England after failing to reveal the contents of text messages allegedly sent to South African players during the draw at Headingley, a result which left the touring Proteas 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Jonny Bairstow has been brought in to replace KP and Bresnan believes his fellow Yorkshireman is well up to the task.
Asked if he was conscious about going into the Test without a full-strength England side, Bresnan insisted: “It may be an even better side.
“It’s one of those things where a talented player is being replaced by another talented player, so why should we miss a certain individual because he’s unavailable for selection?”
Bairstow, 22, was dropped by England after his third Test against West Indies this summer amid concerns he was having trouble handling the short ball at the highest level.
But he was recalled after scoring a century for England Lions against Australia A.
Bresnan added: “KP’s a good player, we’ve got Jonny Bairstow to replace him.
“He’s obviously a very talented player, he got a hundred last week, so he’s full of confidence and in great form.”
Bresnan also insisted the mood in the England camp is “exceptional” heading into the final Test.
Andrew Strauss’ men need to win to prevent South Africa replacing them at the top of the world rankings.
“We met up and the mood in the camp was exceptional,” added Bresnan.
“It’s just like it always is to be fair, quite relaxed, quite focused.
“We’ve still got the drive and desire to get that win and that’s the ultimate thing really, that’s what we’re after.
“We will be positive and aggressive.”
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