Cricket - Bresnan targeting Indian success

Tim Bresnan believes England are ready to achieve "great things" on their one-day tour of India this month.

England have an unenviable ODI record in the country, with just 13 wins in 40 matches against the home side having been on the wrong end of back-to-back whitewashes in their last two visits. But spirits are high in the current England camp following an unexpected 2-1 win in the Test series and a 1-1 draw in the Twenty20 rubber.

The latter was secured in thrilling fashion when Eoin Morgan struck the last ball of the second fixture for six and Bresnan said: "The lads have hit the ground running and it's not long since we were here playing cricket so it isn't that hard to get back."

He added: "It's going to be tough but it is definitely a challenge we can overcome and to win the Twenty20 before Christmas gave us a lot of confidence."

Although below his best Bresnan played a part in both formats before Christmas and was on hand to beat the drum for the 50-over squad after their first training session under new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles on Friday.

England have two warm-up matches, beginning against India A on Sunday, before beginning a five-match series, and Bresnan said: "We'll be looking to put that (England's poor one-day record in India) right. We love a challenge and we proved that in the Test matches. This side, under this establishment, is capable of great things."

Bresnan has also offered Giles an instant seal of approval after the Ashes-winning spinner began life as an international coach. The 39-year-old has been drafted in to lead England's 50 and 20-over sides in a bid to ease the burden on team director Andy Flower, who retains stewardship of the Test side.

It is a novel, though arguably overdue, response to the increasingly overcrowded international schedules but Bresnan does not anticipate a vast overhaul of England's one-day strategy.

"Gilo's obviously a fantastic coach or he wouldn't have been appointed and what he did with Warwickshire (winning the LV= County Championship) last year was phenomenal," said Bresnan.

"He's been generally imparting some of his knowledge and doing the day to day running of things and it's so far, so good. He's quite chilled out but we'll see what happens. He might fire a few rockets and surprise people. That's what you get from a new coach and we're looking forward to it."