England news February 14, 2013

Bresnan undergoes surgery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Bresnan has undergone a second surgery on his right elbow, but is anticipated to return to competitive cricket early in the English summer.

Bresnan travelled to the USA for an operation described as "uncomplicated" by the England and Wales Cricket Board. He will now begin a period of rehabilitation in a bid to find a solution to a problem that has dogged him for well over a year.

Bresnan underwent the first operation on his right elbow in December 2011 and has struggled to regain top form since. He finished 2012 with two wicketless Tests in India, following a lean series against South Africa, and often appeared down on pace. Before the operation, Bresnan possessed a Test bowling average of 25.46; since it, he has averaged 55.43.

Bresnan will have his eyes set on being available for the New Zealand series at home, which starts in late May, but a more realistic aim could be the Champions Trophy where England are keen for him to take the No. 7 slot in their ODI side to enable them to play five frontline bowlers in home conditions. He also hopes to go on Yorkshire's pre-season tour of Barbados.

An ECB spokesman said: "England and Yorkshire bowler Tim Bresnan has undergone an uncomplicated operation on his right elbow to remove extra bone and scar tissue. Bresnan will now commence a 6-8 week rehabilitation and back to bowling programme before returning to competitive cricket early in the summer."

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  • Jay on February 16, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Get well soon Bressy !! Having recently become a Yorkshire fan, I will support him. He's way better than some mediocre bowlers going around.

  • Roo on February 16, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Hopefully Tim will get through without any complications & gets a full recovery - personally disappointed with both his & Broads less than spectatular season last nthn summer... Like to see him 100% for the Ashes with ball & bat - even to our detriment (Oz)... Always like to see the best out on the paddock...

  • Roo on February 16, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @Mitty2... If you are going to pretend to be an Aussie, then try & get your stats correct - then if you are going to bag other nations, at least pretend to know something about their local cricket players - County cricket has 18 teams (Oz 6) with many fine young bowlers, batsmen & allrounders... Perhaps trying to enjoy the game would help you understand its nuances...

  • Harmon on February 16, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: Let's set aside the question of my knowledge of laws of physics for now. I want to tell you that you contradict yourself in your comment even as you were telling me a few things about laws of physics.

    At one place you said "... Strong shoulders are irrelevant to how much bounce a bowler gets ..."

    At another place you said "... Strong shoulders can enable you to bowl faster and therefore get more bounce ..."

    I leave it to you to see whether your comment should be taken seriously or not.

    As for the parameters that govern the bounce of a ball, the prime one has to be the velocity of the ball inter alia and just in case you did not know the shoulder plays a very imp role in imparting the thrust to the ball. Stronger the shoulder greater the thrust. I am sure you knew all this so my dear JCH, I really fail to see why you said that the shoulder strength is irrelevant for the bounce. A bad hair day perhaps?

  • j on February 15, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @ Mitty2, You must've missed the last Ashes: It was a real laugh, let me tell you! Bowlers like your 'Harris' were thrashed around the park by Mr 766 and co, and the less said about the other aussie trundlers the better. Whilst I understand your envy at England doing to Australia what they have been doing for the last five years, I fail to see your reasoning behind it, as surely everyone loves to see good cricket. Still, those back-to-back Ashes aren't too long away now...

  • ian on February 15, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Good luck, Brez! Get back good & strong asap! @Mitty2 - I'll make an exception to my general rule (i.e.don't encourage them!) with you while you're still cutting your trolling teeth. I'm sure that Oz has loads of world class Test quicks. Great, I look forward to see them. I'm sure that they'll let their play do the talking & they don't need advocates like you bigging them up. No matter how much brain-dead verbeage you may wish to spew out, the Ashes will run their course & the players will do their best. I never predict, but I'd have thought that you could look quite silly if your prophesies don't turn into reality. High risk, mate, almost insane!

  • joel on February 15, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @ Mitty2 , lets wait and see hey . Exactly how good this new crop of Australian fast bowlers are , lets face it . They cant do much worse than those who played against England , on the last ashes tour . Regarding Tim Bresnan , didnt he take 4 wickets in that last ODI in India . Give the guy another chance i say , hes an honest pro . If the operation helps to return his previous excellent form wth the ball , then thats the 5th bowler !!! .

  • michael on February 15, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Mitty2. It really isn't hard to go to the players home page and see that Onions has a FC average of 26, he took nine wickets in an innings last summer and should have played against SA. Nobody really knows how good our bowlers are because the likes of Meaker, Topley, Roland-Jones and Harris haven't played test cricket yet. The only reason why Bresnan and Broad struggled against SA was due to injury while Finn has an excellent test record. I'd worry about your laughable batting and pathetic spin stocks instead of hanging all your hopes on injury prone fast bowlers.

  • John on February 15, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (February 14, 2013, 13:21 GMT), you seem to enjoy the common failing among cricketers and cricket fans whereby they seem to ignore the laws of physics. Strong shoulders are irrelevant to how much bounce a bowler gets, regardless of what you might hear. Once a bowler releases the ball it is travelling at an angle and at a speed. That is all that matters when it comes to how much the ball will bounce. Every single ball travelling at the same angle and at the same speed will bounce exactly the same amount if it lands in the same spot no matter who bowled it. Strong shoulders can enable you to bowl faster and therefore get more bounce but that's it. Cricket is not immune to the laws of physics.

  • John on February 15, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    In a way, Yorkshire may be glad if this surgery has no effect because, if that's the case, I agree that Bresnan's England career should be over but he will still be good enough to do a decent, maybe even good, job at county level. For Bresnan's and England's sakes, I hope he gets back to where he was physically and, if he does, there's not really any reason that he wouldn't get back to where he was as a bowler.

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