Pakistan v England 2011-12 January 9, 2012

Bresnan ruled out of Test series

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Tim Bresnan, the England pace-bowling allrounder, has been ruled out of the Test series against Pakistan after failing to recover from the elbow surgery he underwent before Christmas. The news has come as a major surprise to the England camp even though Bresnan sat out the first warm-up match.

He travelled with the squad to the UAE last week but was not able to play against a ICC Combined XI and at the end of the match the decision was taken to send him home. His absence is a significant blow for England as he is able to get the ball to reverse-swing, which is set to be a key weapon in the Test series, and also adds to the team's formidable lower-order strength.

"Bresnan tried to bowl today, having had an injection and a good rest," Andrew Strauss, the England captain, said. "I think we were all expecting him to be absolutely fine. But it's very painful - and given that, he's probably not going to be able to play for two or three weeks."

England have won the 10 Tests that Bresnan has played. Having played a key part in the Ashes series he missed the start of the last English season with a calf problem. He initially suffered the injury in the one-day series in Australia before a recurrence during a Championship match against Hampshire. He returned to the side after Chris Tremlett was injured against India. During his comeback match at Trent Bridge he hit 90 and took 5 for 48 . He went on to take nine more wickets in the series against India and score another half-century.

"I'm obviously gutted not to have an opportunity to play in the Test series," Bresnan said, "but I knew that looking at my rehabilitation programme it was always going to be touch and go to get me ready for the series. I want to wish the squad all very best and the priority for me now is to get myself ready for the one-day series in February."

Graham Onions travelled with the team to the UAE as a reserve member of the squad and has now been elevated to a permanent member. Steven Finn, who played against the ICC XI, will be the favourite to replace Bresnan in the Test line up.

Meanwhile, Graeme Swann, the England offspinner, did not field on the final morning of the match against the ICC XI after reporting some muscle soreness in his leg and will be sent for a scan, while Tremlett has been suffering from an eye infection during the early days of the tour and will visit a doctor.

Matt Prior, the Test wicketkeeper, missed the ICC XI match with a bruised finger but Strauss confirmed he will be able to play the second warm-up game on Wednesday.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harry_Kool on January 12, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    @JG2704. Nice (& some humorous) write ups, but I got to tell you, your inteliigent responses are raising the standard levels of posts mostly written by the logically challenged. Chuckles.

  • JG2704 on January 11, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur on (January 10 2012, 03:06 AM GMT) - Still bitter I see. How's your lads doing by the way? Well done for pointing out that Pakistan won in 2006 which was over 5 years ago and the tour before that - who won that series ? Or does your memory only go back that far when you remember India doing well? If your theory is correct , how come Swann (who had a bad OD tour to India) hasn't pulled out or how come Broad who could conveniently say he has relapsed hasn't pulled out? I suppose what we could do is keep him out there and then boo about him being injured claiming that he's injured but we'd rather win then make feeble excuses for losing. Guess we're all different.

  • JG2704 on January 11, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @Abdullah Shaikh - Thanks for the comms. Don't agree with all of them but at least it's not the rubbish we've had from others. I'm a big fan of Broad and I'm pretty sure he does take care of his fitness but maybe his temperament contributes towards his injuries in that I think he can over exert himself. However he is an absolute warrior and the way he has come back to form in the last year has been a mark of the man. Also he has played valuable innings when England have been struggling in tests like vs India last year and Pak in 2010. It's much harder to score runs when your team is under pressure than when the top order have run the fielders ragged As for Swann - he has had a lame time as a whole , but vs Sri Lanka - look at the bowling stats in the 2nd inns of the test we won. Re Anderson , I will say he's a far improved bowler from 3 years ago - the last time he played in SC.

  • JG2704 on January 11, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @igorolman on (January 10 2012, 00:37 AM GMT) re Bresnan in your earlier comms - you may have a point in that he offers deeper batting than Finn and Tremlett and Onions and a different style of bowling - maybe more suited to SC. However re Morgan - should he be the man in possession and Flower is slightly going against his own selection policy. The reason I say this is that when one of our bowlers gets injured he'll have to fight his way back into the side and usually have to wait his turn. Being that Morgan was injured for the back end of the India test series and Bopara came in and did no lesser job , surely if he applies the same to his batting as he does the bowling Bopara should get the nod. Personally I'm not convinced by either in test matches and would rather play an extra bowler but don't see England doing this. Also Bopara could bowl a few overs and lessen the other bowlers workloads

  • JG2704 on January 11, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    g.narsimha on (January 10 2012, 05:03 AM GMT) - aw - play the violins in sympathy for Indian cricket. Life is so unfair. By the way no one dragged you on to these England related threads and at least we have the good grace to admit when we are beaten rather than get the excuse book out. Re the last 3 test series in India your guys won 2 of them by 1-0 and the other was drawn. If that equals humiliation in your books I hate to think of how you'd describe India's form in tests on their recent travels. And yes we got thrashed 5-0 in India in the OD series but we admit we were awful on that tour and that we are at best inconsistent in that format

  • JG2704 on January 11, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Tom_Bowler on (January 10 2012, 10:03 AM GMT) Yeah but those thrashings don't count. Injuries,transitional phase , unsuitable conditions etc etc.

  • RJHB on January 11, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Interesting comments here, if rather nutty some of them! Bresnan is a significant blow for England, as losing anyone who can bowl reverse is when touring Asia. It will be very interesting to watch this series to see how England goes in more unfamiliar conditions and how the likes of Tremlett and Finn and Broad cope without pitches with bounce and much sideways movement in them. I'm not saying they'll struggle necessarily, but the results should be significant. Pretty sure the England batsmen will enjoy the pitches though. And really it is a bit rich for subcontinental fans to be carrying on about how the likes of Australia, ENgland and SA will struggle on pitches in India and SL when those two teams keep getting thrashed away from home! Australia did just beat SL in SL and only two years ago India needed a miracle tail end stand to beat a very average Aussie team at Mohali. Face it, the era of Asian test success is over, SL have already slid into the depths, India following quickly!

  • 5wombats on January 10, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @RandyOZ - give it a rest.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 10, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    2011 has been a bad year for me as an Indian fan barring our World Cup success and some personal success of my favourite player Dravid. 2012 is turning out to be the same with our team getting smashed at the hands of Aussies, as we speak. I hope at least Pakistan gives me something to cheer about in this year by defeating England. I think England will take the series with a lot of fight from our neigbours. But I whole heartedly want to be proven wrong. Allah bless each and every member of our neighbour's team and their Captain Misbah. Special wishes to Younis Bhai - from across the border.

  • RandyOZ on January 10, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    One would be wise to take what @jmcilhinney and @landl47 say with a grain of salt. After the former thought Warne played in the last Ashes series at Adelaide and the latter thinks AB Field and the Gabba are the same thing, their lack of cricketing knowledge has become blatantly obvious.

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