England news February 6, 2013

Bresnan to head to USA for elbow surgery

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Bresnan, the England bowler, will travel to the USA shortly for a second operation on his troublesome elbow, which ruled him out of the tour to New Zealand.

When he was left out of the squads for New Zealand, the national selector, Geoff Miller, said that further surgery might be required. Bresnan underwent his first operation late in 2011 and has struggled to regain top form since, finishing 2012 with two wicketless Tests in India following a lean series against South Africa, and has often appeared down on pace.

Andrew Gale, Bresnan's captain at Yorkshire, confirmed the latest development: "He's going out to America in the next week or so, and he'll be there for a week or two to have an operation and then some rehab on his elbow," he told the Telegraph and Argus.

Bresnan's most recent appearance for England was successful, when he took 4 for 45 in the final ODI against India, and Gale was hopeful he would be back to full fitness early in the season. There is an outside chance of him featuring on Yorkshire's pre-season tour of Barbados.

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 the one-day side to enable them to play five frontline bowlers in home conditions.

In his absence, Chris Woakes has a chance to establish his credentials in New Zealand. Woakes is part of all three squads for the tour, but will have to move ahead of Stuart Broad and Graham Onions to earn a Test place.

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  • Hamish on February 9, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    @James murphy, let us not forget onions and Harris, who have extraordinary FC averages of 29.9 and 27.3 in a weak CC system. And woakes' the 130 km/h trundler will truly baffle our batsmen. I honestly did not think that England had this much of a dearth in pace bowling until checking the stats; Finn is constantly overrated; has averaged a measley 32 since the 10/11 ashes and is no where near the likes of morne morkel as a pacer at their similar heights, and yet look how well and easily the aus batsmen accounted and played morkel on the bounciest pitches in the world.

    (FC averages) Bird: 19 cutting: 24 McDermott: 21 Faulkner: 23 butterworth: 23 putland: 24. England has no one to even compare with.

    The english constantly love to overstate their players worth, (have a look at swann's average from after the ashes (37) and compare it with what FFL says about him) and are quick to disparage aus at any perceptible weakness, and yet, we've only lost three tests since, compared to their seven

  • Scott on February 8, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @mikey76 Hayden and Gilchrist..if you don't think they're world class you have issues. everyone goes throuh bad trots. Except usually they last longer english .lIf your talking about 06 that was 5-0 if I remember correctly. Warner is better than you think and getting better and better. Also I agree Anderson is world class, but he lacks support. Broad is out of sorts, Finn, bresnan, tremlett and onions don't put fear into our hearts. Anderson only bowls 135 wait til you see Starc and Pattinson swinging it as much at 145 with good height too. Even Siddle swings it these days! I predict 3-0 Australia and one test drawn snd the other saving you by the rain. Prediction: pietersen to leave eng to play for his real country SA.

  • John on February 8, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 8, 2013, 7:37 GMT), "It shouldn't have influenced, but that is not to say that it didn't". That's not to say that it did either, but you stated it like it was fact. All else being equal, the slight mental edge that the team might have achieved because of Bresnan's record would be something to consider but I very much doubt that the selectors would have persevered with him if they didn't genuinely hope and believe that he could regain what had obviously been lost. If they believed that someone else could step in and be relatively assured of doing better then I think that they would have selected that person. That would indicate a concerning lack of confidence in the alternatives but I see it as more likely than their selecting someone who they believed wasn't to par but would give everyone else a warm and fuzzy feeling.

  • Mark on February 8, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @jmcilhinney It shouldn't have influenced, but that is not to say that it didn't. In fact, it almost certainly did because sportsmen in general are superstitious and cricketers are the most superstitious of all (witness, for example, the incredible manner of dressing room antics to stop a wicket falling, or matters of kit and dress to maintain a run of form). Just because it sounds ridiculous doesn't mean that it isn't a factor!! Things that seem crazy to us help to generate that little spark of confidence around a team.

  • Andrew on February 8, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @Apocalypse_EX on (February 7, 2013, 18:51 GMT) - I was the same until the 2010/11 Ashes! I expect his batting stats to drop & his bowling ave to increase a bit over time, but I think when 100% fit, he is a very good 3rd seamer & #8 batsmen. He shouldn't be in the same side as Broad though, (even though they are NOT similar in style). @ Nutcutlet on (February 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT) - I think of Bresnan as a LESS "mouthy" version of Siddle in what they try to do on the field in a Test match. They'd give their captain a bucket of blood & another over whenever asked!

  • Nicholas on February 7, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    USA? Seriously? Come on Bresnan - the best surgeons are here at home mate! ;-)

  • John on February 7, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT), I remember that Bresnan's "lucky charm" status was written about by journalists and talked about by fans but there is no evidence whatsoever that that was a factor in his selection.

  • david on February 7, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    true hes not been himself since the op, so maybe after this treatment he will be back to good form. similar to broad, he does not look at all himself see how he goes in NZ but would rest him for the return series in the uk. but we will have more than enough for the ashes with good back ups in reserve . would be nice to get anderson, bresnan and tremlett continuing were they left off from the last ashes test in sydney

  • michael on February 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    James Murphy. Side stacked full of saffers? Well in the test side it's KP and Trott. Most of the other guys you label saffers were born there but raised in England. You guys have Khawaja and Henriques who were both born outside Aus as was Andrew Symonds. The vast majority of England players came up through the school and CC system. As far as your bowling goes, lets see how they do in India. Maxwell isn't anything special and most of your batsmen were in "sparkling" form against Sri Lanka. A green top under leaden skies against Anderson is a different matter altogether. We saw how world class players like Hayden and Gilchrist did against the swinging ball in 05, Warner and Hughes are nowhere near that standard.

  • Ashif on February 7, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    To be honest I never thought Bresnan was test quality. Sure, he was part of those wins early in career, could swing the ball,bowled well against Australia and wasnt too bad of a bat either.However his first-class figures werent so impressive and I believed it was only a matter of time before his numbers fell. He was kind of a lucky cricketer like Perera is for Sri Lanka. I know its harsh to say that but thats what I felt. He's a hard working cricketer but he has to bowl well again in county cricket after his surgery before being selected anywhere else.