Sidebottom Recalled As Bresnan Ruled Out With Injury

Sidebottom Recalled As Bresnan Ruled Out With Injury
Sidebottom Recalled As Bresnan Ruled Out With Injury
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Nottinghamshire fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom has been recalled to England's Test squad ahead of the second Test against Bangladesh at Old Trafford after Tim Bresnan was ruled out with a foot injury.

Bresnan suffered a stress fracture to his left foot during England's eight-wicket win at Lord's and Sidebottom's inclusion is the only change with Ajmal Shahzad retaining his place in the 12-man squad.

The news comes as a blow for Bresnan, who took four wickets in the match and had enjoyed a run of games for England, including the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, where he opened the bowling during England's successful campaign.

"We can be very pleased with a number of aspects from the first npower Test at Lord's resulting in a comprehensive win against Bangladesh," national selector Geoff Miller said.

"It's very unfortunate that Tim Bresnan will miss the second Test through injury as his bowling benefitted from five days of Test cricket during the Lord's Test and he would have been looking forward to getting more overs under his belt at Old Trafford.

"It does, however, provide Ryan Sidebottom with an opportunity to push for Test selection following his outstanding performances in the World Twenty20. The entire bowling unit will be better for the overs bowled during the first Test and looking to further build on this in Manchester."

The second Test begins on 4th June and aside from Bresnan's absence, England continue to rest Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad.

Sidebottom, who has played throughout the ICC World Twenty20, has played 22 Tests, the most recent coming against South Africa in Johannesburg.

England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Alastair Cook (vice-captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott

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