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Bresnan released for Yorkshire

David Hopps at Cardiff

August 24, 2012

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Tim Bresnan celebrates after removing Steve Smith, England v Australia, 1st ODI, Lord's, June 29, 2012
Tim Bresnan is available for Yorkshire's FLt20 Finals Day challenge on Saturday © AFP

Tim Bresnan will be available for Yorkshire on Twenty20 Finals Day in Cardiff on Saturday after the England management reversed their decision to make him unavailable because of concerns about his workload.

Bresnan had an inactive day watching the rain that wrecked the opening ODI between England and South Africa at the Swalec Stadium and, with Finals Day scheduled for the same ground, a few miles to the hotel and back again were not about to risk travel exhaustion.

Bresnan's involvement if the FLt20 Finals Day stretches into Sunday's reserve day - a forecast of sunshine and showers makes that a possible outcome - would not be determined by England until Saturday evening, as they insist that preparation for the next ODI, at West End on Tuesday, takes precedence.

Fatigue should not be an issue for Bresnan. He missed the final Test at Lords and has bowled only 387 overs since the start of April. He would also only bowl a maximum of eight overs for Yorkshire on Finals Day.

England's initial refusal to make Bresnan available stunned Yorkshire, who had assumed that availability would not be an issue on a day that has become the highlight of the domestic season and that the availability of all international players would be treated equally.

If Bresnan is withdrawn at any stage over the weekend on England's orders, Rich Pyrah would be likely to deputise. All other England players involved in the ODI series would be automatically available if Finals Day extended into Sunday.

The Cardiff washout, meanwhile, has led to Ravi Bopara being made available for Essex's CB40 match against Middlesex on Monday. Bopara has been in need of match practice after time off for personal reasons and made a guest appearance for Gloucestershire against the South Africans on Wednesday.

For the likes of Craig Kieswetter, considering an England ODI one minute, a domestic finals day the next, adjustment has to come almost instantly. While IPL surfs along on permanent hype, England's T20 Finals Day is crammed into an England-dominated programme.

"It's probably not ideal," Kieswetter said. "I think a lot of the counties would prefer to see Twenty20 in a block and then move on with the rest of the season. It is no hidden fact that our schedule is pretty hectic. It would probably the most ideal set-up to have it as a block and get it done and finished with."

Somerset have lost in the last three finals, but their achievement in getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League last year has helped to dispel the feeling of perennial bridesmaids.

"I think it has gotten past the stage of being an issue for us," Kieswetter said. "It is just another finals day. Hopefully we can get over that finals hurdle."

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Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

My prediction is

Yorkshire will lift the t20 cup This year

Posted by   on (August 25, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

The counties and players need to stop pretending that the English T20 will somehow magically morph into the IPL and make them all rich, if they just keep stubbornly playing it as a block. Never going to happen, we simply don't have India's TV market. It would be much better for the fans if the fixtures were spread out over the season. No-one wants or can afford three home games in a week.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 25, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

How great is it to see Hammond and FrontFoot Lunge go deathly silent again?

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (August 24, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Yeah make FLt20 into a block. While we're at it, we should also ask for a FLt20 window so we can get the best players in the world into the tournament. And don't forget to set up an auction and money under the table is no problem!

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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