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Bresnan a concern for World Cup - Flower

Andrew McGlashan in Perth

February 4, 2011

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Tim Bresnan is vying for Stuart Broad's place, Perth, December 15, 2010
Tim Bresnan calf injury could open the door to Chris Woakes © Getty Images

Andy Flower, the England team director, has revealed that Tim Bresnan is the most serious of their lengthy injury list ahead of the World Cup. Bresnan suffered a calf injury during the second one-day international at Hobart and is one of five players to have flown home early from Australia with the most recent being Paul Collingwood.

England's casualty list also includes Graeme Swann (back), Ajmal Shahzad (hamstring) and Chris Tremlett (side). The latter isn't part of the World Cup 15 but is a possible replacement should anyone not recover. "Probably it's Bresnan considering the sight of his injury, just above his Achilles tendon in his lower calf," Flower said when pushed on who was struggling the most. "But he's not a man who has suffered injuries, well not many injuries, in the past and hopefully he will recover very quickly and be ready somewhere near the start."

England have been left battling to have a full-strength squad to take to the subcontinent later this month and it could be especially tight for the two warm-up matches against Canada and Pakistan. Collingwood, who suffered a back spasm at Sydney and flew out of Perth on Thursday evening, has been given paternity leave during the warm-up period along with Swann leaving the prospect of England not having 11 fit players when they arrive in Bangladesh.

"Of course the timing of them getting back to full fitness is important for the start of the World Cup," Flower said. "We can't be absolutely certain of that at this stage but we are monitoring them on a daily basis."

Despite the rush to get Collingwood back to the UK with just four days of this tour remaining Flower wasn't overly concerned about the allrounder. He was unable to bowl at Sydney as England failed to defend a record total of 333 having hurt his back playing the final shot of the innings. Collingwood's mixture of medium-pacers and cutters are set to be important to England's World Cup although he continues to struggle for runs.

"He should be alright. He's been sent home to get looked after back in England by the specialists, his lower back needs a scan and the right sort of treatment," Flower said. "The sooner he got home the better, he wouldn't have been available for this last game anyway. He's going to a very important member of our World Cup side so we needed to get him off home early."

With the bowling ranks currently so depleted England could reach the point next week where they have to replace players in their final 15. Having stayed fit during the series, and taken 6 for 45 at Brisbane, Chris Woakes has made a strong case to be a first reserve as he also provides some useful lower-order batting.

Steven Finn has been given his one-day international debut during this series having not originally been part of the squad until James Anderson was rested for the first three matches. He was England's most impressive seamer in Sydney, taking 2 for 51 from his 10 overs in a high-scoring encounter. Liam Plunkett, the Durham pace bowler, has also been called into the squad for the final match in Perth and arrived on Wednesday after a 40-hour journey from the Caribbean where he was part of the England Lions squad.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Martin on (February 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Ah! Yes! The wombats always think of the World Cup as one giant dust bath of wonderfulness. England might even win it one day (LOL!!!). Englands group is fairly spicy - but we put the saffers away on their own soil last time, so who knows? Don't know about India but that game will be massive. They whipped us last time! A lot of needle between Ind & Eng traditionally and for sure Indian fans will be on here largeing it. If England can get all their bowlers back and into any kind of rhythm it could be a decent trip. Bring it on!

Posted by Richard on (February 5, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

@5wombats- I just had a look at the groups for the first time and I see you guys are in the same one as India and the Saffers, whereas we're in with Sri Lanka, a struggling NZ and an existentially torn Pakistan. I'm not entirely sure how it's going to work but I suspect we'll have an easier run, at least initially. I haven't given up hope quite yet. Hell, I didn't think we'd win the last one, and with us underdogs we'll be able to play like a team that doesn't feel it has a lot to lose, which can have it's advantages. Conversely, the Indian team will be under huge pressure to perform. I'm looking forward to seeing Swann bowl during the cup as there's been some pretty loose talk about the Indians putting him to the sword, and they will surely try, but whether it comes off or not it will make good watching. It's all good. The WC always produces some great cricket and we cricket junkies will be as happy as a pig in poo!

Posted by Martin on (February 5, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

@Biggus; ! Thank God! An Australian who sees the reality of the situation!! I completely agree with you. The trouble now is fatigue - both Aus & Eng seem to be out on their feet. So I'm not picking either team for the world cup!!! While you were off-line there were some very hot conversations about Aus bowling selections for the WC! At least Eng have withdrawn their frontline bowlers like Swann, Bresnan and this should help. I suspect that Tremlett may yet come into the picture for England in the WC - I hope so. Hopefully Broad will be right in time too.

Posted by Andrew on (February 5, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

@JB77 - if this tour was isolated from other substitute issues of the past, I'd say you were being way too harsh as the Poms are carrying quite a few injuries. In saying that - they have pushed the boundaries in this regard for about 6 years & its a bit like the boy who cries wolf. I do remember in the mid 80s Oz fielded a Sth Ozzy a few times - I think his name was Des O'Connor, he had a reputation as being the best fielder in Oz. So we cannot be completely pious in this matter. @Nutcutlet - but it's alright for Oz to tour & play 6 Tests in the UK hey? @Optic - we already do have that many players out!!! McKay, Harris, Starc, Hazlewood & the now retired Bracken!!! All got injured after making reasonably good debuts for Oz - in the case of Harris his ODI stats are very very good!

Posted by Richard on (February 5, 2011, 2:03 GMT)

@5wombats-Yes mate, I'm still kicking but my computer died. It's been nice to give you guys a little bit of a run for your money in the one dayers but that's really only a consolation prize. We've both got our work cut out for us in the WC but I feel Aus are looking better than you guys. Either way, unless both of us lift our games we will be spectators come the final. India and the Saffers will be hard to beat, Sri Lanka are not to be underestimated in the one day format, and the Windies and Pakistan can beat anyone on their day. It remains to be seen what effect recent developments will have on Pakistan but we may assume that the trio in question will miss the tournament given their upcoming appointment at the Old Bailey. How the rest of the team deal with it is impossible to judge.

Posted by GARY on (February 5, 2011, 1:00 GMT)

@joseyesu So you wouldn't call guys like Morgan, KP, Swann and Broad heroes,They've all got that x factor, both Morgan and KP can take attacks apart and Swann and Broad are ranked at 4 and 8 in the OD bowling rankings, they've been great for England this past couple of years and they've been the reason why, until this series, England haven't lost a one day series since 2009.

Posted by GARY on (February 5, 2011, 0:51 GMT)

@voma Spot on, if Australia had similar players out, it would be like them missing - Lee, harris, Tait, Bollinger and Johnson, take all those out and Australia would struggle as well. I know they've got Ponting and Mussey out, but they've got good replacements for them , now they've got Lee back the loss of Harris hasn't been felt also, it's the bowlers that can win you matches.

Posted by Martin on (February 4, 2011, 17:42 GMT)

Hey - @Biggus ! You're back! Your sensible comments have been missed. How's the garage? I do aim to retire to there you know....!

Posted by joel on (February 4, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

To play a 7 match odi series after the ashes was just crazy .It has managed to injure nearly our entire bowling attack , and with the world cup starting this month what chance do the guys have of being fully recovered ! . Englands bowlers have been superb this winter and it is down to them we have retained the Ashes .

Posted by joseph on (February 4, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

Prior, Strauss, Trott, KP,Bell,Morgan, Yardy, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Bresnan. England missing hitter at 1 and 6. They will be in 3 if WI performed poorly.But england looks as a team as no heros.

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