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Bresnan in third elbow operation in search for old nip

Tim Bresnan, whose valiant batting narrowly failed to bring Yorkshire a hat-trick of County Championship titles, has undergone a third elbow operation to try to restore some of the nip that made him an England allrounder.

After several seasons of managing the elbow injury that has afflicted him since 2011, Bresnan had a further operation on Monday to clean out the joint, bringing him hope that he can "get some of the old firepower back."

Bresnan set greater store by his batting in 2016 as his bowling standards slipped a little, his efforts culminating in his unbeaten 142 against the eventual champions Middlesex at Lord's which kept Yorkshire's challenge alive until deep into the final day.

Bresnan averaged more than 48 in the Championship, more than any other regular Yorkshire batsman - outdone only by irregular contributors Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and the short-term overseas signing Jake Lehmann.

"The surgery went really well and the post-op signs have been very positive," Bresnan told Yorkshire's website. "The surgeon has said that it wasn't as bad as they thought it might be. They just removed a few spurs and bumps.

"It should give me a better range and reduce the pain that I have had, which hopefully will help me to get some of my old firepower back. It's feeling pretty good already and it's just a case of easing back into my gym work over the coming weeks. I wouldn't normally be bowling at this stage of the year so it's worked alright."

Yorkshire's physio Kunwar Bansil said: "Tim has had problems with his right elbow dating back to 2011. We have managed these problems over the past few seasons but there is now a window of opportunity following the end of the 2016 season to improve the symptoms. He has had key-hole surgery to clean out the joint and smooth off any rough edges.

"It should result in an increased elbow extension range making him feel more comfortable when bowling. We are now five days post-op and the initial signs are really good. We envisage that he will be fully fit in a couple of months but there are no real time constraints due to the time of the year."

Bresnan first had an elbow operation late in 2011 to remove a bone fragment. He regained his England place, but his bowling returns supported the notion that his effectiveness with the ball had been somewhat diminished.

Another operation followed before the 2013 season to remove extra bone and scar tissue, causing him to miss England's tour of New Zealand, and though he returned to play in the back-to-back Ashes his Test career ended in Australia later that year.