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Bresnan dominates as England secure series

Tim Bresnan’s effective bowling took England to victory in the second Test against the West Indies at Trent Bridge. With Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad in such excellent form, it is easy to overlook England’s third pace bowler, but Bresnan made most of the crucial breakthroughs in the West Indies second innings.

His three quick wickets late on the third day demoralised West Indies and paved the way for England’s success. The England captain Andrew Strauss singled out Bresnan for praise.

"He was fantastic," Strauss said. "He proved what a great contributor to the side he is again. In the first innings and the second, he bowled very straight, a good length and got the rewards for that. He chipped in with the bat as well. He is a good all-round cricketer and he certainly showed his worth to the side in this Test."

England passed a milestone on their way to chasing down the modest West Indies target. Strauss and Alastair Cook became the first England pairing to make 5000 Test runs between them. Strauss feels there is still room for improvement. "You always like to be a little bit more clinical than we have been," he said. "We have had match-winning positions where we could have finished the game earlier than we have."

The win secured the series for England and ensured they will remain the number one Test nation for the visit of nearest rivals South Africa later in the summer. In the final Test, West Indies will look for their first Test win in England for 24 years.

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