Tim Bresnan and Cricket's Best Winning Streaks

Chris BradshawFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

Tim Bresnan and Cricket's Best Winning Streaks

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    Every cricketer would like to start their Test career like Tim Bresnan.

    In his first 13 appearances in the five-day game, the Yorkshireman was on the winning side each and every time.

    The burly all-rounder, of course, isn't the only example of a red-hot run.

    Read on for cricket's best winning streaks including lucky tossers (we're looking at you, Mark Taylor), World Cup wonders, Surrey strutters and a Caribbean perfect ten.

1. Tim Bresnan's Lucky 13

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    For some it's a special pair of socks. For others maybe a lucky hat. In 2009 the England team found their own unusual charm and he was 6'0" tall and came from Pontefract.

    From his debut against the West Indies in 2009, England won 13 consecutive Test matches with Tim Bresnan in the side.

    To describe the burly Yorkshireman as merely a talisman is to do him a great disservice, though. At the end of the 13-match winning streak Bresnan was averaging 40 with the bat and just 25 with the ball.

2. Mark Taylor: Lucky Tosser

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    With a team containing the Waugh twins, Michael Slater, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, Aussie skipper Mark Taylor really shouldn't have needed any luck during the 1998-99 Ashes series.

    He certainly got it though, winning the toss in all five matches.

    The final toss was especially important. England were still in with a chance of tying the series but forced to bat last on a Sydney dustbowl the visitors succumbed to Stuart MacGill's leggies.

3. Adam Gilchrist's Dream Start

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    Adam Gilchrist was a relatively late starter to Test cricket, not making his debut until the age of 27.

    He certainly made up for lost time once he did finally succeed Ian Healy, going some 15 matches before tasting anything other than victory.

    With a rapid fire 81 on his Test debut against Pakistan, Gilchrist set the template for a hugely successful career.

4. Eldine Baptiste's Perfect 10

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    Eldine Baptiste never took a five-wicket haul in Test cricket and passed fifty just once.

    Despite that somewhat underwhelming record the Antiguan's place in the record books is assured.

    The all-rounder was on the winning side in each and every one of his 10 Test appearances for the mighty West Indies side between 1983 and 1990.

5. Australia's World Beaters

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    The all conquering Australians hold records for the most consecutive Test wins (16, not once but twice), Test series wins (nine) and ODI wins (21).

    Arguably the most remarkable achievement of the Waugh/Ponting era though was the Aussie record in the World Cup.

    Following a 1999 defeat to Pakistan in the group stages it was 12 years and 26 matches until the Australians lost another game in the competition.

6. Wonderful West Indies

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    This one stretches the precise definition of a winning streak but is worth including just because the numbers are so extraordinary.

    Between 1980 and 1995 the West Indies did not lose a single series. That's 29 series, home and away.

    With a superb array of fast bowlers, the men from the Caribbean took on all comers with often devastating results.

    It's a feat that looks unlikely to ever be matched especially considering that the next best record on the list is 16 series without defeat.

7. Surrey's Magnifcent Seven

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    Long before an Adam Hollioake-inspired renaissance in the late 1990s you have to go back to the 1950s to witness a real Surrey strut.

    The Londoners from south of the river were winners of the County Championship seven years in a row from 1952 until 1958.

    In that amazing run Surrey won 121 matches and lost just 28.