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June 27, 2011
England's bowling options for their five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka have been given a boost following Tim Bresnan's recovery from a calf strain. He has been included in the squad after completing a successful rehabilitation, and will be available for selection for Tuesday's first match at The Oval.
Bresnan was a key member of the team that won the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean last May, but he really shot to prominence during England's Ashes and World Cup winter in 2010-11. He played a pivotal role in the decisive Test win over Australia at Melbourne, and went on to claim five cheap wickets in the thrilling tie against India at Bangalore.
However, Bresnan missed the ODI series in Australia due to his calf problem, and underwent a further scan prior to England's ten-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-final in Colombo. Since returning to England, he has been dogged by the problem, and was ruled out of the Test series against Sri Lanka after suffering a tear while bowling for Yorkshire against Hampshire in mid-May.
"We always had the intention of bringing him back when he was fit. We wanted him to play for Yorkshire so we didn't take any risks," Alastair Cook, England's one-day captain, said. "I saw him a couple of days ago and he looks in good shape. To have a proven performer back in the side is great for us."
Bresnan's nagging accuracy and deceptive pace, not to mention his confident lower-order batting, make him an invaluable member of England's one-day set-up. After England's toothless display in the one-off Twenty20 at Bristol on Saturday, there will be a strong temptation to pitch straight back into the starting line-up.
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