The Investec Ashes 2013 August 15, 2013

Bresnan out for season with back injury

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Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the remainder of the international season with a stress fracture in his lower back. His absence creates a space in England's bowling attack for the fifth Investec Ashes Test, which begins on August 21.

Bresnan was preferred to Steven Finn for the second Test at Lord's and has performed well in the series with 10 wickets and two crucial contributions in the closely-fought fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.

Bresnan made 45 in England's second-innings to boost his side's lead before making a breakthrough with the wicket of David Warner when Australia were on course to chase 299 for victory. England went on to win comfortably and clinch the series.

But now Bresnan will be unable to help England attempt to win their fourth Test of the series at The Oval. Bresnan will begin a recovery and rehabilitation programme and a date for his return to cricket will be determined in due course.

The injury is the latest setback for Bresnan who needed elbow surgery for the second time in February which ruled him out of England's tour of New Zealand.

His absence is a blow to England's one-day plans. He has been a feature in limited-overs cricket and helped England reach the final of the Champions Trophy in June. England take on Australia in two T20s on August 29 and 31 before a five-match ODI series starting on September 6.

Before then, England will need to draft another bowler into their attack for The Oval Test match. Finn was selected for the first Test at Trent Bridge but, having been left out for the Lord's Test, has not featured in England's squad for the third or fourth Tests. Chris Tremlett was included in the 13 for Old Trafford and Durham without being included in the XI but could get an opportunity on his home ground.

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  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I suspect that Tremlett would have been preferred for the Oval in any case

  • Jay on August 17, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Get well soon Tim. Hope you spend quality time with your baby son. I don't rate him very highly as a player BUT, I like his no-nonsense attitude and workhorse-like approach to the game. Hopefully, he can do some good things down under in the return leg of the Ashes. Surely, England will pick Tremlett for the Oval now ? Should be a no-brainer here on.

  • Martin on August 17, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Bad news for Bresylad, but a good opportunity to someone else. Bresnan is a solid player who gives it the max. Fights off injuries too so always applaud any player for that. Personally I'd like to see Anderson rested @ The Oval but they probably won't do that. Obviously one of Tremlett/Finn will come in. Don't think they will go to Rankin. Personally I'd like to see Tremlett come in although they might save him for shock value in Aus like they did last time. Tremlett (Lurch) would really give them the G-up! Not sure about Finn tbh - he looked gone in his last outing. Would rather see Tremlett; I suspect that they have been feeding him raw meat! He's nailed on for the Australia tour of course. @HatsforBats - hey mate! How's the family?

  • John on August 17, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    @Abhinav Aeron on (August 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT), anyone who knows anything knows that Woakes is definitely not good enough a bowler to be part of a four-man attack. He may or may not be good enough to be a fifth bowler if batting at #7 behind Prior but he's not a third seamer at Test level.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    England will really miss him in the ODI and the T20 as he is one of the first picks for the team. It will be a good opportunity to see how Rankin and Stokes fare. The ODI team should be(thinking out of the box)

    Cook Bell Pietersen Root Ballance Foster(wkt) Trego Broad Swann Anderson Finn

    Trego comes in for Bopra as Trego's bowling is more stronger and Bopara is not good enough to stay in the team on his batting alone. England need a solid 5th bowler as there 5th bowler in recent ODI's has been taking a hammering after the 4 bowlers have kept it tidy. Foster comes in to keep wicket as behind the stumps he is a class act as we need the best gloveman we have. The problem with the england team selection for ODI's is that most of the england batsmen dont bowl (Bell,Cook etc) and we dont have an out and out all-rounder like a Flintoff we can bring in at 6 or 7. If Bresnan was fit I would have played Bresnan as the number 7 all arounder.

  • Ohhhh on August 16, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Looking at how Ballance is destroying Australia's future bowling attack of Starc, Lyon, Smith etc. I think this dominance could go on for 10 years at least!

  • Peter on August 16, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Keep the foot on the throat and pick the best team. Keep the Aussies down and have them go home with a 4-0 loss. I don't buy into this resting players because the contest is won, the contest isn't won, it's half time and England shouldn't be giving the Aussies a chance to get a win under their belts. I didn't see the Aussies resting Warne and McGrath when they were 4-0 up going for the 5-0 whitewash, they kept the foot on the throat and sent England home embarrassed.

  • Michael on August 16, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    I see quite a few people who want to see Finn in for Bresnan-no doubt quite a few of those who were touting him as the New Bowling Messiah last year. Ho- hum. To me Finn has not progressed very far since he burst on the scene in 2010 and raced to 50 wickets. Unlike some he does not seem to learn and I wonder if Middlesex aren't too soft on him. To me he is still an adolescent bowler and never was this more on display than in his last Test as he single handedly all but gave that game to Australia. He was nowhere near Test standard with his plethora of legside long hops and his silly juvenile habit of crashing into the stumps. We need men,not boys. Both O)nions and Tremlett can virtually pitch ball om a 10p bit. They are mature, and worthy of Test cricket. Why is Finn even mentioned yet. He needs to grow up and bowl on and just outside off stump at pace on a length and be hitting headlines for a load of top performance before he is mentioned as a Test bowler again.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Woakes shd be must be Taylor...seniors shd be rested...

  • Tim on August 16, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    'f', yes, why not rest all of them and 'learn' about other players? Why not put out a third team in all series when you are two up? Why not play an U21 side? Because this is Test Cricket. If we have to rest players it must mean they are playing too much. I wish I were rich enough to pay cricket boards NOT to play. Then we would see fresh and hungry cricketers living in the present giving it all they've got, not commuting to work like the rest of us.