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21 Questions: Tim Bresnan

by Wisden Staff 15 minute read

Bowler, trier, winner: Yorkshire and England’s Tim Bresnan takes on the toughest quiz going…

Describe yourself in one word?
Lackadaisical. That’s the longest word that I know

What words or phrases do you most overuse?
Err. Err – I’ve done it again! – if you’re conscious of it it’s really hard not to. And it’s bad listening to someone who does it. Jonny Bairstow is the biggest err-er. We’re too dumb to think of something else…

What is your most marked characteristic?
My tiny head. People perceive me as being a bit fat – I’m not, I’ve just got an ordinary-size body and a really small head

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I’d have been a batter instead of a bowler. They have it easier. How many times has a batter broken his back?

What is your idea of happiness?
Just a roof over my head and food in my belly. I’m quite easily pleased

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Selfishness

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Steve Redgrave, for all he achieved

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Superman

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Getting injured before the last Test of the summer

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Not to take it too seriously

If you were an animal, what would you be?
A tiger. I’d sleep 18 hours a day and sunbathe

What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
My son for the first time

What becomes of the broken hearted?
They probably get over it and move on

What’s wrong with the world?
It’s gone mad, annit?

In which era would you most like to have lived?
Barring the future, because we don’t know what’s going to happen, probably the Sixties. It was quite chilled wasn’t it?

What’s your favourite joke?
Why did the orange stop? Because it ran out of juice

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
Tom Hardy

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Super Ted

What is the most overrated virtue?
Sarcasm

What if God was one of us?
God doesn’t exist. The world wouldn’t have gone mad if he did…

What came first, the chicken or the egg?
The duck

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