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Bresnan undergoes scan on calf

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March 24, 2011

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Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan celebrate the dismissal of Virender Sehwag, India v England, World Cup, Group B, Bangalore, February 27, 2011
Tim Bresnan has been a key part of England's attack © Getty Images
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Tim Bresnan has had a scan on his calf after experiencing discomfort as England prepare for their World Cup quarter-final against Sri Lanka in Colombo, but is expected to be available for the match on Saturday.

He underwent the MRI on Wednesday after a similar problem forced him out of the one-day series against Australia after the Ashes. At the time there were concerns he would miss the World Cup, but he regained fitness in time for the trip and played all six of England's group matches, taking nine wickets at 29.88 including a career-best 5 for 48 in the tie against India.

He has been the one ever-present quick during England's campaign, with form and fitness forcing a number of changes throughout the group stage. Stuart Broad was ruled out with a side strain following the South Africa match and Ajmal Shahzad flew home with a hamstring injury after the defeat against Bangladesh.

James Anderson, England's most experienced fast bowler, was dropped for the crunch clash against West Indies, in Chennai, after some wayward performances but could come back into the mix against Sri Lanka.

Chris Tremlett, who replaced Broad, played against West Indies but his five overs cost 47 while another option is Jade Dernbach, the uncapped Surrey quick who replaced Shahzad. The latest player to be added to the squad is Adil Rashid, the Yorkshire legspinner, who was called up on Thursday after Michael Yardy withdrew with depression. He won't arrive in Sri Lanka until Saturday morning though.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

Today Morgan and Trott will destroy Lanakan's

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

Sri Lanka will bank on their home advantage against an English side grappling with inconsistency and injuries in Saturday s World Cup quarter-final in Colombo.

Consistency has been a real problem for England who narrowly escaped an upset against the Netherlands, tied with India, went down to Ireland before losing to Bangladesh in the group stages of the showpiece event.

Injuries have not helped England s cause either.

Posted by Cedric on (March 25, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

what about Steve Woakes? He had a very impressive tour to Australia...

Posted by Ajay on (March 25, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

where the hell is ryan sidebottom??????????? Last time I saw him was a t20 match?? He could be a positive to english team..

Posted by Sarathi on (March 25, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

Aah...yet another easy game for SL..nothing to compare b/w two teams..SL is way head.Funny thing is NZ has to play SL in semis in their home soil.so game for SL there even.SO itz about final..is it SL vs PAK or SL vs IND..for me the 1st option.PAK vs SL.it ll be a game which favors SL..I mean organizers have done a mistake by giving a match for SL at Whankade..So mostly this WC is a repeat of 96 .SL will lift the trophy.

Posted by Lalith on (March 25, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

SL will win whether Onion or Potatoes come for Bresnen.

Posted by Pavan on (March 25, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

Yet another injury to the English ?? The seven-match ODI series might have cost England the cup.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

When Kevin Pieterson said too much cricket....People though he was unreasonable...Well he hit the hammer on the head of the nail...But the recipient was his own team and himself.....see the whole team is struggling for fitness.....Well i guess cricketers must have 10% of matches and 90%fitness sessions...but looks to be the opposite happening

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 0:06 GMT)

So we are now down to ENglands third string attack then. Ever since the end of the 2005 Ashes, England have struggled to keep their seamers going. Broad, Shazad, and now Bresnan. How many more can there be? Could Finn come in? How is Onions? Oh well...

Posted by John on (March 24, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

There's only so much a side can cover. Bresnan's bowling, batting and staunch attitude are valuable even in a side with all its first-choice options available. In a side missing two bowlers and with another two out of form, he's indispensable. Hopefully he'll be fit for SL.

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