Bresnan aims to lighten the nation’s mood

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Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan said the riots which have swept the country weren’t a distraction for the England team in the third Test against India.

Bresnan and Stuart Broad each took four wickets as India were bowled out for 224, after captain Andrew Strauss won an important toss.

Strauss then replied with his first half-century of the summer as he and Alastair Cook put an unbroken 84 on the board.

“It’s not really affected us,” said Bresnan. “We’ve mainly just concentrated on what we’ve got to do, rather than having outside distractions.

“As the situation is at the minute, the authorities have said it’s fine to be able to play and that everyone’s safe. We follow their advice wherever we are in the world. There’s no reason why it should be any different over here.”

Bresnan acknowledges it might lighten the public mood if England can wrap up the series 3-0, but insists that is not the way Strauss’ team are thinking in the middle.

“It would be nice to win and give something positive back to England, but I wouldn’t say we are motivated by what’s happening. We’re just going about our business as we would anyway.

“I think that’s the right way to do it. We’ve got a job to do, like anyone else.”

Bresnan put England’s success down more to hard work and skill than the effects of cloud cover and a green pitch.

He said: “It swung a bit, but not like Trent Bridge did. So it was a case of building pressure. It’s a great day’s Test cricket for us.”