Monday 2 December 2013 

Bresnan Joins Up With England Squad

Tim Bresnan
Tim Bresnan has joined up with the England squad and may play in the second Ashes Test
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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.

© Cricket World 2013

 
 
Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs