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Bresnan Happy To Team Up With Mitch

03 January 2017

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David Willey leaves "big shoes to fill" according to the England bowling all-rounder who may play a different role.

New Perth Scorchers recruit Tim Bresnan says he’s happy to be alongside former Ashes foe Mitchell Johnson at #TheFurnace.

The 31-year-old was on Monday unveiled as the Scorchers international replacement player for David Willey, who is set for England duty, for the Club’s final three regular season games and any potential finals in BBL|06.

Bresnan arrived in Perth on Saturday and met his new team-mates at #TheFurnace prior to Sunday’s New Year’s Day match against the Sydney Thunder.

Among those were plenty of new faces, along with some he’d encountered before, including Johnson, who tormented England in the 2013-14 Ashes where Bresnan played two Tests.

“I caught up with him on Sunday night and said ‘I can’t say I’m disappointed you’re in the same room’,” Bresnan joked.

“He had a good laugh about it. It was good.

“I came in on Sunday night and caught up with the guys and met up with a few of the blokes I didn’t know. It was cool.”

Bresnan plays his county cricket in England alongside Willey at Yorkshire, while he knows countryman Ian Bell well too from their time in the national set-up together.

Last season’s Simon Katich medallist Willey has been outstanding in BBL|06 with six wickets in four games, at an average of 11 and with an economy rate of 5.07.

“Big shoes to fill, I reckon,” Bresnan said. “He was voted fans’ favourite last year too.

“He’s a good cricketer. We perform the same sort of role. We’ll see how I go.”

Willey has been integral in the power play for Perth, replacing the injured Jason Behrendorff in the role.

Behrendorff is still two to three weeks away from a return to fitness with a fibula injury, meaning Bresnan may need to step in, however he wasn’t sure yet of his role.

“I don’t know yet. We perform the same role for Yorkshire,” Bresnan said.

“Whatever the role is that I’m given, I’m happy to accept and hopefully manage to win a few games and contribute to those wins.

“I might provide a different option or a similar one to a few of the guys. Experience counts as well at the end of the day.”