England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval June 27, 2011

Bresnan returns to England one-day squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Valavan on June 28, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    and Guys, i think the match itself shows malinga tried his best but as long as he dont vary his length and nothing will get close to yorker. I have seen Akram's, ambrose's, Mcgrath's yorkers which were much much much much effective than Malinga's. SL collapsing on a heap and that answers all your questions, :)). wake up guys this aint sub continent.

  • Valavan on June 28, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    well i have seen ambrose firing yorkers from 7 foot high. btw you all are watching the game dont you guys, what i said just happened, the pitch isnt low enough to skid through the batsman, Malinga isnt Vaas, btw this is the start of one of many losses for SL to face in this ODI series. Clean and Clear.

  • SIddharth on June 28, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    @Ramzi1985 : beautifully said ramzi ! I Dont think Valavan has any idea as to what a yorker is !

  • joel on June 27, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Well we certainly need his bowling at the moment , that couldnt be clearer after the T20/20 game .Its just a shame he got injured when he did , honestly think he would of had a good series . Lets hope he can find his form quickly .

  • Ramindu on June 27, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    @ Valavan- Well with what u have written it seems you don't even know what a yorker is. So my kind advice is please watch the 1st ODI and the commentators will guide you in identifying a yorker. After that please provide your wonderful feedback in this wonderful site.....

  • Praveen on June 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    @Valvan do you remember the last time Sri Lanka played in England, i remember the series was won 5-0 by Sri Lanka...Whitewash, rout and malinga was a key bowler in that winning team as he was in the last t20 match. he can bowl anywhere because he doesn't need a helpful wicket to bowl on.best odi and t2o bowler in the world currently by far

  • Valavan on June 27, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Many ppl talk malinga accuracy, he can skid in deliveries in sub continent dust bowls, here he cannot skid in as these wickets arent low enough to fire in skiddy yorkers, did anybody saw he failed in ICC champions trophy in SA in 2009, and btw SL lost the last bilateral ODI series in SL in 2007, 50 over game isnt the same as 2020, It wont be a Srilanka's piece of cake as SL fans think of.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Sri lankan ODI side is better than their Test side so no fight with England.Sri Lanka can do same thing as they did in last time 5-0 no surprise.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    with the return of bresnen in english side, it gives a great depth in their bowling as well as he gives an option in their batting in 8th position. We all can hope tat he gets back into his rythm in this current Sri Lankan series, and get fully ready for Indian series. Best of Luck "Fella"....Nice to see you back.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    England have no chance against Malinga ....

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