Back Injury Ends Bresnan's Season

Tim Bresnan will play no further cricket this summer after suffering a back injury
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England fast bowler Tim Bresnan will not play cricket again this summer after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back.

The Yorkshireman played an important role in England's Ashes success, appearing in the second, third and fourth Tests.

In the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street, he scored a handy 45 in England's second innings and then took the key wickets of David Warner and Shane Watson to drive England towards a 74-run win.

In a short statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed:

"England and Yorkshire pace bowler Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the remainder of the international season with a stress fracture in his lower back.

"Bresnan will begin a recovery and rehabilitation programme and a date for his return to cricket will be determined in due course."

The fifth and final Ashes Test gets underway on 21st August at The Oval and Bresnan's absence means a likely return to the international team for one of Steven Finn - who he replaced at Lord's - Graham Onions, or Chris Tremlett.

Bresnan will then have the tour of Australia later this year as a comeback target with the first Test in Brisbane beginning on 21st November.

Earlier this year, he missed England's tour of New Zealand to undergo a successful operation on his right elbow, returning to action in time for Ashes selection.

He had previously had a similar operation on his elbow in December 2011.

Bresnan, 28, has played 25 Tests, 76 One-Day Internationals and 25 Twenty20 Internationals for his country.

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