The Ashes 2013-14 December 2, 2013

Bresnan likely to play in Adelaide


Allrounder Tim Bresnan has been added to England's Ashes squad and could play in the second Test in Adelaide, which starts on December 5.

Bresnan, 28, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back in August and missed the final Test of the Ashes in England. While he arrived in Australia with the Test squad, his on-going involvement was always dependent on him proving his fitness ahead of the second Test.

Having taken four wickets in the England Performance Programmes' match against Queensland Second XI last week and undergone a thorough fitness test afterwards, he has now officially been added to the squad. He has also been bowling at full pace in the nets for a couple of weeks.

Chris Tremlett filled the third fast bowler's spot normally taken by Bresnan in Brisbane but produced a modest performance. With England also keen to strengthen the batting after a dismal performance in the first Test and the loss of Jonathan Trott, Bresnan, a far better batsman than Tremlett, could be set for an almost immediate return. Both Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin all but bowled themselves out of contention with disappointing performances in Alice Springs.

It appears that Gary Ballance will benefit from Trott's departure and win the chance to bat at No. 6 in Adelaide, with Joe Root or Ian Bell set to move to No. 3. Root, despite an unconvincing performance in Alice Springs, appears the more likely choice, with the England camp reluctant to weaken a strength by moving Bell from the No. 5 position from which he largely defined the previous series in England.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • David on December 3, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Curious thing cricket. England adopt a strategy of picking extremely tall seamers rather than their best seamers. Now they seem reluctant to play any of them except Broad. It makes one wonder why they were selected in the first place.

  • Srinivas on December 3, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Tim Bresnan? Allrounder? Seriously? Words are being thrown around rather loosely now a days, diminishing their value. With the inclusion of Tim 'pop-gun' Bresnan, England's attack slips further. If there is any help in the pitch, Australia will be 2-0 up in this series.

  • Owen on December 3, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @Chaman Betrabet - I'm in agreement there, as daft as it may sound, adding an extra bowler after being skittled for <200 twice! From the sounds of things, having another spinner at Adelaide will be our best chance for a victory, and I have as much faith in Bresnans batting as I do in Bairstows. Also, going into this test with Bresnan part of a 4 man attack could have serious consequences with regards to injuries.

  • Anupam on December 3, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Cook, Root, Hales, Bell, KP, Taylor, Prior, Broad, Swanny, Jimmy, Tremlett. AD HALES is a man for all three format. But this squad is not possible. OK now with squad Cook, Carbs, Root, Bell, KP, Bairstow, Prior, Swanny,Broad, Jimmy, Tremlett. Tremlett bowls good and pick 5 wickets. Tremlett needs aggression and nothing, he is a genuine fast bowler although his speed drops but he build to bowl. I'll prefer Rankin as a second option because he bowls with 140 KMPH which is required in Oz pitches.

  • Peter on December 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    The most Trott like batsman is surely Compton. What has he done to get locked out of the side? Oh well. I'm not a big fan of all of these Yorkshire players in the squad who keep getting over-hyped by certain commentators, but maybe some players from the Performance Squad will inject a bit more soul into the team in the near future.

  • suresh on December 3, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    It's aways said that it is Bench strength, which defines a quality team. Until Trott's departure everything looked okay. But, now comes a lot of indecision. England does have the players to back up……the only thing is that they must have the belief. Considering that the Adelaide pitch, is not good for fast bowlers, this is as good as any time, for England to make a comeback.

  • Tim on December 3, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @gm47: What a great attitude you have, this England team were on top of the world for a bit, and they were good. But to sustain world no 1 for a decade or more, you can't keep losing the first Match of a series. England are finishing up, there is even talk of a rebuilding phase coming up. Get ready for englands return to the dark ages.

  • John on December 3, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @chicko1983 on (December 3, 2013, 9:28 GMT) And you could also take out his lesser performing series and it his stats would look amazing so it works both ways

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Looks a good decision by Eng to play Bresnan. He was quite impressive with the bat back home in England and he will add much wanted balance to the English side. I would also like to see Monty Panesar in the side as it may turn in Adelaide and did turn in the last few days of recent tests there. Would love to see Bresnan instead of Trott and Monty instead of Tremlett and Root batting at no 3. Root is a long term no 3 and it is advisable for Ian Bell to stay at no 5. Overall my final XI would be : 1.Cook 2.Carberry 3.Root 4.Pietersen 5.Bell 6.Prior 7.Bresnan 8.Broad 9.Swann 10.Anderson 11.Panesar.

  • gerry on December 3, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @Chico1983. ""Too bad it is all over now. The end is nigh! Dawn of Australian dominance is about to begin!!!""

    So you are still living in your own dream world :)

    England never do well in the first game of any series, Australia will NOT regain the ashes and will be 2nd rate for many years to come. Remember the words above after the Sydney test and the series is over. :):)

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