England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Trent Bridge July 28, 2010

Bresnan replaces injured Shahzad

Cricinfo staff

Tim Bresnan has been called up to the England squad after an ankle injury ruled Ajmal Shahzad out of the first Test against Pakistan at Trent Bridge. It had been a foot injury to Bresnan that helped Shahzad make his Test debut against Bangladesh last month, during which he impressed with his pace and reverse-swing.

Shahzad's ankle problem has sidelined him for a week and he could be back as soon as the second Test at Edgbaston. He had previously suffered a hamstring strain during the third ODI against Bangladesh.

"After twisting his left ankle with Yorkshire over a week ago Ajmal went on to successfully play in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match for his county last Monday," ECB chief medical officer, Nick Peirce, said. "Unfortunately Ajmal felt some discomfort following England practice at the NCPC [National Cricket Performance Centre] on Tuesday and as a precautionary measure it is felt he is best to undergo rehabilitation on the ankle for the remainder of this week."

Shahzad's Yorkshire team-mate Bresnan had a solid tour of Bangladesh earlier this year but was a let-down when given the new ball at Lord's earlier this season. With fast bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn already in the squad, it is unlikely Bresnan will make the XI for the first Test against Pakistan starting Thursday.

Both Bresnan and Shahzad face an important few weeks as they aim to cement their places on the Ashes tour later in the year. Bresnan is considered as an option to bat at No. 7 to allow England to play five bowlers, but currently Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss favour the six-batsman route with Matt Prior, the wicketkeeper, at No. 7.

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  • Bob on July 28, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    As simon_w says, it's unlikely England would have gone in with a 4 man pace attack plus Swann as it would mean leaving out either Trott or Morgan and batting Prior at six...So it looks like Bresnan to carry the drinks and hope the top 6 come up with the goods

  • Eight on July 28, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    I don't concur with Jawad. Shahzad is new, and I don't think can be considered England's main strike bowler. Sidebottom was not even in the test side recently.

    I think England's bowling attack looks very strong still, with Anderson, Broad, Finn, Onions, Bresnan... And of course they have Swann as well.

  • Simon on July 28, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Bresnan won't play, you'd imagine. It will be the same four-attack as it would (probably) have been before: Anderson, Broad, Finn and Swann. Shame for Shazad, I reckon he's got a good chance to force his way into this attack, and I hope to see him back for Edgbaston. He might just get a game there, we'll see.

  • Subramanian on July 28, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    It has almost become a routine for the fast bowlers to get injured, irrespective of the number of test matches they have played. Here is an example of Engilsh fast bowler Ajmal Shazhad who is out of the first test against Pakistan due to a foot injury and is to be replaced by Tim Bersnan. This indicates either their bodies are not well conditioned or do not bear the strain of a match. We may recall how long legends like Richard Hadlee, Ian Bothom, Michkel Holding, Courtney Walsh, Ambrose and Kapil Dev played without getting injured. They were mentally and physically hard too. The present one day format takes the life of a fast bolwlelr out, even though they bowl just 10 overs. Added to that T20 format will not do any good for the fast bowlers. Those who condition their body well can play more number of test matches,

  • A on July 28, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    I only wish overcast conditions with Pakistan bowling first on Trent Bridge, this will shape how this match's result plays out.

  • umair on July 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    I'm sorry but why would you prefer Bresnan to Shahzad? As a Pakistani fan I am breathing a sigh of relief as Shahzads pace and bounce would have caused our fragile batting line-up alot of problems. Bresnan is an average bowler and his stats confirm that assessment.

  • KARTHIK on July 28, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Hi, unfortunate shahzad has missed out, think he is a serious talent, but he is not the right.........of skin ...and as very apty 'mitchell young' points out in true british tradition ' bresnan should have been from the start....' .

  • mohsin on July 28, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    i am sympathised to poor young fast bowler.........

  • Jawad on July 28, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    With Sidebottom and Shahzad out, englands fast bowling attack would be less effective against the in form Salman Butt and the newly found form of Imran Farhat.

  • Simon on July 28, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    That basically settles the final team. Whereas before it would have been two from Broad, Finn and Shazad now Broad and Finn should be dead certs to join Jimmy.

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