Flintoff: You can’t compare Bresnan to meJune 8, 2012, 9:14 pm
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has rubbished comparisons between himself and Tim Bresnan, saying the Yorkshireman has a better future ahead of him and that he is "brilliant."
Bresnan, who has played 13 Tests, none of which England lost, has come into his own in recent matches, and was the Man of the Match against the West Indies at Trent Bridge last week.
Flintoff, who played 79 Tests and 141 ODIs before persistent injuries forced him to retire, said constant comparisons to himself and all-round legend Sir Ian Botham were unfair to Bresnan, who is like a "carthorse".
Flintoff said in The Sun: "It’s hard for any young all-rounder coming into the side after Botham. You get the label and we’ve never really replaced Botham.
"I did alright for a little bit but Bresnan’s not a replacement for me.
"He’s just brilliant, and, I don’t think people appreciate what he does. He’s obviously very talented as well, but he’s strong. He does the hard yards.
"When it’s swinging and nothing is happening, he is like a carthorse. He gets his head down and gets on with it.
"And I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Bresnan with the bat. He’s averaging well, but I think there’s more to come."
Bresnan has a Test batting average over 40, and a bowling average of 25, at an economy rate of under three.
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