Bresnan Joins Up With England Squad
Fast bowler Tim Bresnan has made a full recovery following back surgery and has joined up with the England squad ahead of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
Bresnan underwent surgery on a stress fracture earlier this year but after playing for the England Performance Programme squad that is also in Australia, he is already in contention to play in the second Test.
He took four wickets and hit an unbeaten 57 against a Queensland side to confirm his fitness and with Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin not taking advantage of their opportunities on tour so far, Bresnan must stand a strong chance of coming into the England side.
He has played 21 Tests and was involved as England won 3-1 on their previous tour of Australia.
The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) tweeted earlier today: "Tim Bresnan has been added to the England Test squad following his recovery from a back injury and is available for selection."
England will be forced into at least one change due to the departure of Jonathan Trott with a stress-related illness last week.
Joe Root and Ian Bell are the front-runners to bat at number three with Gary Ballance expected to make his debut and bat down the order following a half-century in England's tour game against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI.
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