County news April 15, 2013

Bresnan set for Yorkshire comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Bresnan will play his first match for nearly three months when he makes his comeback for Yorkshire in a three-day friendly against Lancashire at Headingley on Tuesday.

Bresnan underwent elbow surgery after England's one-day series in India to try and overcome a problem that plagued him over the previous 12 months following a first operation on the joint in late 2011.

Since that initial operation Bresnan had struggled to recapture the form that made him a key part of England's rise to the No. 1 Test spot in 2010 where he impressed against India and Australia. During the Test series in India late last year, he did not take a wicket in his two appearances in Ahmedabad and Nagpur.

He could yet come into contention for the Test series against New Zealand next month, although he is more important to England's Champions Trophy planning where he can add balance to the side at No. 7.

"It has been a while since I played," he said. "I'm feeling good and looking forward to playing against Lancashire. I have been bowling in the nets and the elbow has responded well. I feel I'm getting back to my best. For me it is now playing as much cricket as possible with a view to playing well for Yorkshire and ultimately breaking back into the England team."

Bresnan is one of a trio of England bowlers at various stages of returning from injury lay-offs. Graeme Swann, who underwent a similar elbow procedure to Bresnan after being ruled out of the Test series in New Zealand, is hopeful of resuming bowling in the next few weeks while Chris Tremlett has recovered from an injury-hit 2012 that restricted him to one Championship match.

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  • Roo on April 16, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @SamRoy @Mitty2... Lack of objectivity seems to be your strong points... Tim has bowled well in Oz & in Eng, then he gets an injury from which he didn't fully recover from & then got picked for the a few Tests against SL, SA in which he wasn't bad while against WI he performed quite well... I among others thought both Tim & Broad had below par 2012's but at least for Bres there were extending circumstances & something that should have been addressed last nthn summer by the coaches & selectors... Personally hope he gets back to near 100% & then we can see where he is at with his bowling... Until then, good luck...

  • Mark on April 16, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @JG2704 Well said. The Test players must play more in the championship.

  • Hamish on April 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    @optic, Australia of 2010/2011 and India, as is testament to their 8-0 ,were hardly quality opposition and both side's batting was abysmal (australia's is probably worse now!), and so his stats were rightly inflated, but since then he averaged what.. 80+? I'd say that's more than leveling out.

    Don't really get your stout defense or him... You've got far better back up bowlers in (an uninjured) tremlett, Roland-jones, Harris, Topley and onions etc... (although I don't rate onions he is still better than bresnan).

  • GARY on April 15, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @SamRoy Oh really he was never international quality, Andy Flower and David Saker obviously think different to you & you're informed opinion. If he was never international quality he'd have never got the stats he did and lets be right about it he got them mostly from playing Australia and India. As for England fans who thought he was world class, I don't remember too many informed supporters who thought that, he was just bowling very well, everyone knew his number s would level out. It was obvious even to the untrained eye that after he got injured at the end of 2011, he lost about 5 mph, Against Aus & Indian he was up bowling at 87/88mph after 82/83 and that made him less affective and he should have had the surgery then, instead of laboring on. What does international quality even mean, it's such a cliche, do you mean not international quality for England or for Sri Lanka or in general because if he did get fully fit against he'd get in a few international sides including ours.

  • sam on April 15, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Bresnan was never international quality and never will be. Most English supporter's like to think he was world class before his injury whereas in reality he fed on inept batting and sub-par bowling of opposition teams to generate great all-round statistics in his first 10 test matches. You can try as much as you want to but mediocre never becomes quality though it can become good. Anderson looked quality when he was 20 in the 2003 World Cup (just like Finn did at 21). Bresnan will still be an effective limited overs all-rounder and a decent substitute to have in the test team until better all-rounders arrive.

  • Charles on April 15, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Both Bresnan and Swann were operated on by the best surgeon in America who fixes the elbows of the baseball pitchers . Let hope it has worked in both cases and we regain the number 1 spot again.

  • Pinaki on April 15, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    After the injury he has a lost a bit of pace. That is what I think, is going to decrease his effectiveness test cricket. Before the surgery he was one of the consistent and understated player. He still can contribute in ODIs. Woakes may be his competitor in the side for no 7 slot. Also, I would like to see Meaker or Topley getting the nod before Dernbach.