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Bresnan confident over recovery

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February 15, 2011

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Tim Bresnan undergoes a fitness test during practice for his injured calf, Sher-e-Bangla, Dhaka, February 14, 2011
Tim Bresnan has been put through his paces by England's medical staff in Bangladesh © Getty Images
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Tim Bresnan is confident of being ready for England's opening World Cup match against Netherlands on February 22 as he continues his recovery from the calf injury that forced him home early from Australia. There had been concerns that the problem could scupper Bresnan's hopes altogether but the allrounder is making positive progress.

However, he won't be taking any risks that could hinder his participation later in the tournament and is unlikely to feature in the warm-up matches against Canada and Pakistan in Fatullah. Bresnan's last match was the second one-day international at Hobart when he injured his calf and flew back to the UK a couple of days later for treatment.

Andy Flower, the England team director, called Bresnan's injury the biggest concern towards the end of the tour, before Eoin Morgan suffered his broken finger, but those worries appear to have eased now that the squad has begun training in Dhaka.

"There were doubts whether it was a grade two, grade one [tear]. I think the fact that it bled so much probably led to the grey area," Bresnan told reporters in Dhaka. "But I think we are slightly ahead of schedule now."

"It's feeling pretty good. I hope I can get a warm-up game, but will definitely be targeting the start of the tournament," he added "I've not bowled 100% since I did it. But I'm definitely back bowling 80 to 85%, and then will probably go to 100 on Tuesday. I want to get in a few sessions at 100% before I take the field for a competitive game."

Bresnan is a key part of England's one-day team because he can find swing with the new ball then return later in the innings with reverse and is accurate at the death with his yorkers. His batting also provides important balance lower down the order with his ability to clear the boundaries.

Although England's injury situation is slowly improving ahead of the tournament the squad isn't without its issues leading into the warm-up games and the management have applied to the ICC for special dispensation to play Chris Tremlett, a travelling reserve, against Canada on Wednesday.

Tremlett flew out with the squad in case any of the injured players needing replacing but strictly isn't allowed to take part. However, with Graeme Swann still at home on paternity leave, Ajmal Shahzad nursing his hamstring, Stuart Broad suffering from illness and Bresnan being cautious the squad is currently stretched.

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Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

My Semi choices PAK, SA, SL, AUS

Posted by Bhupal on (February 16, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

He He, Canada almost beat England and may end up actually beating them (as I am typing Canada is 20 runs abreast with a sole wicket left but Chouhan holding one end and zillion overs left). Whoever was saying England are one of the favs to reach the semis should have got the signal after English got a 6-1 thrashing from a below par Aussie team. Only three teams are favs to reach semis - SL, SA, Ind in that order. English fans should keep a close vigil on their team's matches against Bangladesh and WI, my guess is they can be thrashed by both. But they can win against India as Indians are highly capable of self-destruction.

Posted by Mohammad Moinuddin on (February 16, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Canada,well played, but i would rather happy to see England to loss.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

Great knock by Cheema...this will give confidence to the entire team and the performance can only improve from hereon. It is coming together and we are very hopeful.

Posted by Avery on (February 16, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

Bowled out by Canada? Ouch.

Posted by kamran on (February 16, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

ENGLAND WILL LOSE THIS MATCH AND THE AGAINST PAKISTAN AS FAR AS I KNOW THEY WILL BE OUT IN GROUP STAGE .......THY DNT STAND A CHANCE ALONG WITH AUSTRALIA AND NEWZELAND......MY FOUR FOR SEMIS R PAKISTAN INDIA SRI LANKA AND SOUTH AFRICA

Posted by Cricinfouser on (February 16, 2011, 6:50 GMT)

England are shame to ODI cricket they should be asked to go through qualifiers for competing in WC now on...

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

oh yeah....besides trying to uplift the world cup.......lets take a look at the batting line up coming up......To bat A Shahzad, JC Tredwell, SCJ Broad, LJ Wright, MH Yardy, JM Anderson, GP Swann, TT Bresnan, RS Bopara.........all tailenders........................from 4 down onwards.......so stop the hype....i have looke at the regular WC schedule and marked only 5 or 6 matches to specifically watch before the play off....if this was a olympic event it would fold...very soon.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 16, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Looks like ENG batsmen have been instructed by ECB not to bat well until the next Ashes!!

Posted by John on (February 15, 2011, 22:29 GMT)

Whether or not Tremlett plays doesn't mean much. England ought to be able to beat Canada with 8 players and 3 substitute fielders. It's good to hear Bresnan is coming along well. England have a fairly good draw in that their first proper game isn't till the 22nd and it's against the Netherlands. Any eleven from the fifteen ought to be able to win that.

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