Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 6, 2012

Bresnan ruled out of warm-up match

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of England's first warm-up game in the UAE after suffering discomfort in his right elbow. Bresnan, who currently stands 12th in the ICC Test bowler rankings, underwent surgery on the elbow just over a month ago and reported soreness in the nets on Wednesday.

As a consequence, he sat out training on Thursday and Friday and won't be risked for the match against an ICC Affiliate and Associate XI starting on Saturday. "Tim Bresnan, in particular, has still got a bit of swelling in his elbow as a reaction to his operation, so he's not quite ready yet," Andrew Strauss, the England captain, said. "We're aiming for the second warm-up game with him."

With just two warm-ups games scheduled before the Test series Bresnan's chances of proving his match fitness are receding. His absence will give either Chris Tremlett or Steven Finn an opportunity to challenge for a Test place, although Tremlett is also suffering from an eye infection which has hindered his preparation.

"[He has a bit of a sore eye at the moment, but that is nothing of great concern to us. It's just niggles more than anything," Strauss said.

Neither Tremlett or Finn offer Bresnan's prowess with the bat, however. Bresnan is currently averaging 45.42 with the bat and 23.60 with the ball and has helped England to victory in all 10 of the Tests in which he has played.

Finn, at least, believes that a month playing in New Zealand just before Christmas should have provided excellent preparation for this tour. While conditions in UAE are unlikely to provide as much assistance as Finn enjoyed in New Zealand, he believes the slow pace of the pitches in both countries will be similar.

"It was a great experience for me, and I feel like I've learned a lot from it," Finn said. "The wickets were quite slow and low, so it was good to go and get some practice on those sorts of wickets.

"It was just a good chance for me to go and do a lot of bowling. I bowled 140 overs in the four games. It was something I really wanted to do personally, and the satisfaction I got from going over there was great."

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  • Kashif on January 6, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Although Finn is as good a bowler as Bresnan, if Bresnan is unfit to play one or more tests, this is great for Pakistan as it reduces a little strength from the England batting line-up. Broad and Swann only get runs occasionally and with Finn and Anderson that tail looks a weaker batting line-up. Bresnan was truly the extra batsman that Pakistan don't have.

  • Dan on January 6, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I think, fitness allowing, Bres might be a key player in this series. He bowled beautifully for very little reward in Bangladesh a couple of winters back in conditions that are likely to be similar to the UAE. However this is the joy of England's strength in depth; Finn or Tremlett are fine replacements and should one of them get a game they have a huge incentive to perform and keep their place.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    tim bresman is good in England condition not in UAE . i think finn is better bowler in then bresmen in uae condition . England need bowler not batting , England have strength in top order so they dont need more batting in lower order accept good bowlers. I am pakistani lokking forward for good contest cheatingless which England do each time when pakistan tour to England .

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    I believe it is not a big blow for bowling as they have a fine replacement in the shape of Finn. However the English tail is not the same without Bresnan. Having Prior,Broad and Bresnan lower down the order gives England the advantage in the batting department over Pakistan. I still believe England have the superior batting line-up, Pakistan have the superior spin department while in the pace department I would put the two teams equal on UAE wickets.

  • G on January 6, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Bresnan has become a key part of the side, and a shining example to others on how to make the most of opportunities presented to you. A shame he's injured, but then again, I felt sorry for Finn losing his place to begin with. All that matters though is all these guys will end up playing for England for the next 7-8 years minimum.

  • Martin on January 6, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @JG2704, guys - I think Finn will play in any event. They'll rotate/not overwork them anyway. Finn or Tremlett; Either one of them will be a handful. Don't think we'll need Bresnan for his runs. Raw pace is indicated. Finn has been playing and is fully fit, Bresnan has not. It'll be Anderson, Broad, Swann and Finn/possibly Tremlett.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Such the depth of England's bowling, we still have Onions who is not selected in the party. If a bowler breaks down or injured, we have a ready made replacement like for like, such the quality we have and we should be grafetul for this. Lets hope England will win the series in a good spirit from both sides.

  • Luke on January 6, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Pity for England, good for Pakistan. Not that I like giving credit to the English, but I still think Bresnan is the best all-rounder in the world. The depth he gives England is just awesome. Great player, great bloke.

  • Dummy4 on January 6, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    English bowlers will have tough time in UAE

  • sam on January 6, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Good thing Finn gets a chance. Finn has improved immmeasurably over the last 6 months. He is the only English bowler who can be a true great. Swann and Anderson are world class but just lacks that added oomph to be great (lack of wrong one for Swann) and a lack of threat on unrespensive surfaces for Anderson. Broad and Bresnan are good (sometimes very good) but are inconsistent. Tremlett while being very good is unlucky as he already is on the wrong side of 30 (We all know what happened to Stuart Clark).

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