Bresnan backs England to seal Test win
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Tim Bresnan has no doubts that England will wrap up victory in the second Investec Test against the West Indies after he grabbed three crucial wickets on the third evening.
For two sessions in the field the tourists manoeuvred themselves back into the game - bowling England out for 428 from a strong overnight position of 259 for two. But England's 58-run lead looked more than enough when the Windies staggered to stumps on 61 for six.
Bresnan, who also scored an important 39 not out, was instrumental, taking three wickets in nine deliveries in the closing minutes, following fine work from new-ball pairing James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He said: "It wasn't what we expected with the bat, but we came back strong with the ball, certainly."
He added: "We could have capitulated and been bowled out for less than them but me and Stuart put on a bit of a partnership, got a 50-odd run lead and now they're six down which is pretty popular.
"To get them 61 for six is a phenomenal effort on that wicket. We still have a lot of hard work to do but I'm backing us to knock the last four lads over without them getting too much of a lead. But it doesn't really matter how many they get from here, I'm backing the batsmen to chase anything."
Ravi Rampaul, who aided the West Indies fightback with a disciplined bowling return of three for 75, could not hide his exasperation at the top-order failures.
"It's tough watching the top six batsmen get out after the bowlers worked so hard in the first two sessions," said the seamer.
"It's frustrating. It isn't easy to bowl 120-odd overs and then look at your batsmen not applying themselves and losing their wickets.
"I ask them to focus more, apply themselves a bit more and they will get there."
The West Indies resume in the morning with both first-innings centurions Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy at the crease but a slender lead of only three runs to build on.
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