England in Australia 2010-11 January 23, 2011

Bresnan ruled out of one-day series


Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against Australia with a torn calf muscle as England went 3-0 down in Sydney but is expected to be fit for next month's World Cup.

Bresnan picked up the injury during the second ODI at Hobart and required a runner when he batted. Subsequent scans have revealed the extent of the problem and he'll return to the UK for treatment. Steven Finn is being retained in the squad for the rest of the tour before heading to the Lions tour in the West Indies.

It is another blow for England, who already have a depleted bowling attack due to the absence of Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann. Kevin Pietersen also missed the Sydney match with a groin strain as the schedule began to take its toll but Andrew Strauss refused to make excuses after the team's four-wicket defeat.

"That is how injuries occur and that is why with the schedules we have the rotation policy is in place," he said. "You've got to manage these situations. You can't just throw your hands up and say 'we can't compete'. You just have to find a way to complete and the guys that have come in have an opportunity to make a name for themselves. They need to grab that with both hands."

England have just three days at home before leaving for the World Cup, yet Strauss said there was no point complaining because tours are planned well in advance. "There's no point moaning about it we've just got to get on with it. We're here to play cricket and that's what we'll do."

Broad has rejoined the squad in Australia to continue his rehabilitation from the stomach injury he picked up in the second Ashes Test, at Adelaide, but isn't expected to take any part in the one-day games.

Swann is out for up to two weeks after sustaining a knee injury in the first Twenty20 at Adelaide, although James Anderson will be available again for the next ODI after his rest period following the Test series.

"Graeme Swann I don't think will be available this week but hopefully for the last couple of games," Strauss said. "Kevin Pietersen we are hopeful will be fit for Wednesday, but we've got to see how he develops in the next couple of days."

Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire seamer, earned his ODI debut in place of Bresnan at the SCG but Bresnan's is a tough role to fill because he provides valuable lower-order batting and the ability to find reverse swing.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    it's a pity that Tim Bresman is out of the ODI series against the Aussies. England needed his fastt bowling, bouncers, reverse swings yorkers to help Eng;and make a remarkable comeback' to win the ODI series 4-3. i heard someone calling Tim Bresan a 'Poor man version of Freddie Flintoff.' Maybe the perrson who stated this was wrong because I thnk if Tim Bresan stays fit and healthy he should be a wealthier man then Flintoff. In his short career playing for England, 'Beefy#2' Bresan has several series wins, a World Twenty20 winners medal, an away Ashes win (partly). By the the time Bresan retires he should be laughing. because these days there is a lots more. money in cricket....

  • Martin on January 24, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    He proved his worth in Bangladesh - He did brilliantly in The Ashes. England need Bresnan. @Abhishek Banerjee; I just would like to know why you are looking at this Australia v England page ? Is it because you are worried about Bresnan and England prospects in the World Cup?

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    Just wanted to check with the British team. 3 weeks ago, we were told you could beat India "every day of the week". Now you see the difference between boys and men?

  • Rod on January 23, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    @andrea sayre-brook. Good post and honest too. I would have rather Aus won the Ashes and lost the ODI's. Thats what the big test was....and you guys simply outplayed us at every turn. U r absolutely correct..we treated Ponting et al as Gods...they were supermen. From Waugh's reign to Punters...they were seen as unbeatable. I'm afraid there are a few Aussies who cant take our demise and swipe away with thoughtless and nasty comments...take it on the chin boys as we cant win em all. HUGE blow to lose Bresnan...he was excellent for you guys. And finally @Pinnicle...I agree, Wright looks really out of his depth here. He could prove me wrong, but so far he hasnt shown much.

  • Martin on January 23, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    where is Khoshal Faqiri?...

  • PAUL on January 23, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    @khoshal faqiri: couldn't agree more. Cook is an excellent one day player who has been forgotten about other than for tests.

    BTW is there anyone else in the world other than england selectors who think that luke wright is of international quality????????

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    yes, bad luck to Bresnan , who has impressed us aussies on this tour. I too, cannot understand why you would say at the beginning of the 20 20's that Davies was the number one keeper/batsman in the short form of the game, only to reverse that decision a couple of matches later. I thought Davies was proving his worth and got some good starts. To me, this decision came out of nowhere and the poor guy must be totally confused as to what he did wrong. I think the England selectors may have caught whatever bug the Australian selectors have

  • John on January 23, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Damn, bad news for a good cricketer. I'm sure England will miss him this series, still Woakes is a pretty handy guy to have as backup!

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    You know I couldn't care less if the Aussies win the ODI's 7-0: WE WON THE ASHES. I know that's a childish way to look at it, but priority #1 was to regain the Ashes, the 20/20's and the ODI's were always just going to be icing.

    I respect the Australian team and I thought they were unlucky in the Test series. It's got to be tough for Ponting et al to go from Demi-Gods to mortals in under 2 years after dominating the sport for the better part of 2 decades. During that time they seemed immune to the normal cyclical changes every International teams go through. Well, welcome to reality my Aussie brethren, and good luck for the rest of this series and the World Cup, you deserve it.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    where is alaister cook ?

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