England news November 27, 2013

Bresnan makes half-century on return

ESPNcricinfo staff

England Performance Programme 376 for 9 (Robson 102, Moeen 83, Bresnan 57*, Buttler 53) v Queensland 2nd XI

Tim Bresnan struck an unbeaten half-century for the England Performance Programme on the first day of their match against Queensland 2nd XI in Brisbane. Bresnan could be in line to return for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide if he can prove his fitness after a stress fracture in his back.

England will hope Bresnan has further success with the ball, after he scored 57 not out batting at No. 9. The three-day match is his first competitive appearance since the fourth Test against Australia in August, after which Bresnan missed the rest of the season through injury.

The Test squad have headed to Alice Springs for their match against a CA Chairman's XI on Friday and Saturday but Bresnan remained in Brisbane with the EPP for the game at Allan Border Field.

The EPP posted 376 for 9, after being put in to bat, with Middlesex batsman Sam Robson scoring a century in the country of his birth. Robson, whose future had been subject of much conjecture until he committed himself to a prospective England career by joining this tour, retired out for 102.

Moeen Ali made 83 in the middle order and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler 54. The EPP have fielded 13 players in the match but only batted with 11.

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  • Cam on November 28, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    I hardly think he's going to turn their fortunes around.

  • Sean on November 28, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Bressylad loves the aussie conditions

  • rob on November 28, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    I don't know about the rest of you but I'm just happy to have some cricket to talk about for a change. This last week has been a bit rough on every one.

    At last some good news for England. Bresnans a damn good cricketer and has been dangerous against us in the past. .. To be honest I thought Tremlett did a pretty good job of keeping things quiet and he got some wickets too. Sure, he's not what you'd call fast, but he held his lines and lengths pretty well under some heavy pressure from Warner and Clarke. All in all, I thought he was a long way from the train wreck many England supporters said he was.

    Anyway,it can't hurt your cause to have a player like Big Bres. knocking on the door. If he bowls a decent number of overs and doesn't pull up lame I guess the selectors would be very interested in him. Good luck to him but only until he makes it back into the side. If he gets there, no more good luck wishes from me.

  • Andrew on November 27, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    IMO - (although things can certainly change in Adelaide) - Bresnan is esential for making England competitive in the field between the 20th & 80th over. They really looked toothless when Swann isn't at the top of his game.

  • Mick on November 27, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    England's biggest selection issue in this series is how to draft in an English curator. They were by far the individuals who had the most influence on the results in the northern summer.

  • Nicholas on November 27, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    @158notout (post on November 27, 2013, 14:35 GMT): As YorkshirePudding has already said, and as this article in fact relays, it's all about Bresnan proving his fitness and getting back into contention for the 3rd seamer's slot only. Personally I don't rate his batting much anyway and wouldn't consider playing him unless he's 100% fit and bowling well - be that a good containing role or sneaking a few surprise wickets as before. The 'batting worries' is another different chapter, and covered/discussed in other articles.

  • ESPN on November 27, 2013, 19:49 GMT


    County crickets only as good as grade cricket? Doesn't seem to be too bad what with the 2 thrashings in the last 2 ashes campaign and Chris Rogers getting an opening place on the back of runs in it. On the matter in hand,it would be foolhardy to play bres.a few runs is not enough to suggest he can bowl 4 or 5 spells a day. Root at 3 for the 2nd test and stokes to bat at 7 is the way I'd go.but selectors will go for balance I would think as the safe option.

  • Dummy4 on November 27, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    What people don't understand about robson is that he wasn't good enough to play for NSW and still isn't. There is no way I'd play him over Nic Maddinson, Ryan Carters, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer etc. He may have a good county average but the standard is only about good Sydney grade level.

  • Paulo on November 27, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    I don't see why Bresnan would play. Because he can bat? He would just be similar to Tremlett but with a bit more pace and a lot less height. If any bowler from that team should play, I would want Jordan. Jordan has performed over the county season, played well in his ODI, and has pace.

    I hope Moeen gets parachuted into the test team. Good player to bat number 3, and at 26 would be a long-term investment. His off spin would be useful and remove any suicidal ideas of playing two spinners this series.

    If Robson is playing, does that mean he has committed to England? Personally I don't feel he's ready for international cricket, and I see this as a poaching (unlike any other England player of recent years bar Rankin). But good to see him in the runs nonetheless.

    Why is Briggs there? He was outbolwed on many occasions this year by Liam Dawson. I know Kerrigan withdrew, but surely we must have someone else like Rayner or Cosker? Our spin cupboard is very bare. Brad Taylor in 10 years?

  • ian on November 27, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    If he's fit, Bres plays. Tremlett was only ever keeping the seat warm for him & being the great team guy that he is, CT would fully understand & welcome TB's return to the ranks, even though his performance stood up better than any other bowler at Brisbane, except Stuart Broad's.

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