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August 17, 2008
Tim Bresnan, the Yorkshire allrounder, has been called into England's squad for their ODI against Scotland, at the Grange, on Monday to cover for injury problems to Ryan Sidebottom and Chris Tremlett.
Sidebottom has a hip problem and hasn't travelled to Edinburgh with the team and has been ruled out of the Twenty20 against South Africa, at Chester-le-Street, on Wednesday. He will undergo fitness tests at the National Academy in Loughborough with a view to his participation in the one-day series which starts at Headingley next Friday.
Sidebottom has been struggling with injuries through the second half of the season. He missed the Headingley Test against South Africa with a back problem and didn't look fit when he returned at Edgbaston before being left out at The Oval.
However, England coach Peter Moores isn't concerned about Sidebottom's long-term fitness. "Physically he's in a better shape than he was 12 months ago, but he has had a lot of workload and he's bowled a lot of overs in the Test matches," he told the Press Association. "We rested him for the last Test and it's given him a bit more of a window to get fully recharged. He's had a bit of groin pain and neck pain, which they are hopeful of getting cleared up so he is available for the next period to come."
Tremlett has a heel injury and although he has remained with the squad he is doubtful to face Scotland, which has earned Bresnan his recall.
Bresnan played four ODIs and one Twenty20 international during 2006, but took just two wickets against Sri Lanka. However has impressed with a consistent county season. He has scored 442 runs in the Championship at 36.83 and taken 40 wickets at 26.42, while earlier in the season he took 18 wickets at 18.05 in the Friends Provident Trophy.
England will also be without former one-day captain Paul Collingwood for the match against Scotland as he continues to serve the four-match ban he collected for a slow over-rate against New Zealand. Samit Patel, the Nottinghamshire allrounder, could be in line for a debut after hitting 60 for England Lions against the South Africans on Saturday.
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