Bresnan added to England squad
England have added Tim Bresnan to their squad for the final Test of the summer against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday.
Having taken the unprecedented route of naming their starting XI three days in advance of the third Test, which they went on to lose by four wickets, England have returned to their more established option of naming a squad this time round, with Bresnan the only addition to the team that lost at The Oval.
Going into the match it was Alastair Cook's position at the top of the order that was most under scrutiny but he responded with 110 in the second innings and Geoff Miller, the national selector, feels his performance was a bright spot in the defeat.
"There were some real positives from the last Test such as Alastair Cook's outstanding century and the way the team fought hard on the final day defending a small total," said Miller. "But ultimately the team is looking for an improved performance to finish the series well."
Bresnan kept his spot ahead of Yorkshire team-mate Ajmal Shahzad after replacing him in the squad for the first Test when Shahzad suffered an ankle injury. It gives Shahzad another opportunity to work on his game at his home county, after taking seven wickets in Yorkshire's recent Championship victory over Durham.
"We have been saying throughout this entire series that consistency is key and that certainly remains the case. We know Pakistan are a dangerous side, which they showed in the last Test, so we will be looking for a strong performance across the board in this final Test match of the summer."
England squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan