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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  • on August 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    It's a real shame for Bresnan. He's done everything since coming back from injury. However, this does present an opportunity for the selectors to be bold, although that's not a trait we see a lot from England. Anderson is clearly knackered. He's a guarantee to go to Aus. I bet he'll be rested for the ODI series, so why not rest him for the 5th test. That leaves two vacant slots in the bowling to fill. Play Tremlett in place of Anderson and be daring and take a look at Ben Stokes in place of Bresnan.

    Stokes is good enough with the bat to go in at no.7 and is steadily improving with the ball. He'll more than likely go to Aus with the Lions anyway (or at least with the Performance squad). Why not take a look at him now? Series won, Australia beaten and down, possible vacancy available. Surely it's an ideal opportunity? I genuinely believe that, given time, Stokes could be the all rounder that England has been searching for since Freddie retired.

  • SDHM on August 15, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Real shame. Still don't think he was back to the level he was before his elbow injury, but he showed his worth to the team at Lord's and Durham. Wishing you good luck and a speedy recovery, the Barmy Army's favourite Nan!

    Being cold purely business-like though, it does give England a conundrum. They can't, after what happened with Broad & Bresnan last year, bring him back in once he recovers without having proved his fitness, which begs the question as to who might replace him in their plans. Anderson, Broad, Finn and Tremlett are all certs to be on the plane, but who'll join them: maybe Rankin or Onions? Or do they go like-for-like & take a seamer who bats well down the order; Jordan, Woakes, Willey, Barker, Plunkett and Harris all now might be in with an outside chance.

  • on August 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

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

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • 5wombats 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?

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • 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.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty 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!

  • Iddo555 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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.

  • on August 16, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    It's a real shame for Bresnan. He's done everything since coming back from injury. However, this does present an opportunity for the selectors to be bold, although that's not a trait we see a lot from England. Anderson is clearly knackered. He's a guarantee to go to Aus. I bet he'll be rested for the ODI series, so why not rest him for the 5th test. That leaves two vacant slots in the bowling to fill. Play Tremlett in place of Anderson and be daring and take a look at Ben Stokes in place of Bresnan.

    Stokes is good enough with the bat to go in at no.7 and is steadily improving with the ball. He'll more than likely go to Aus with the Lions anyway (or at least with the Performance squad). Why not take a look at him now? Series won, Australia beaten and down, possible vacancy available. Surely it's an ideal opportunity? I genuinely believe that, given time, Stokes could be the all rounder that England has been searching for since Freddie retired.

  • SDHM on August 15, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Real shame. Still don't think he was back to the level he was before his elbow injury, but he showed his worth to the team at Lord's and Durham. Wishing you good luck and a speedy recovery, the Barmy Army's favourite Nan!

    Being cold purely business-like though, it does give England a conundrum. They can't, after what happened with Broad & Bresnan last year, bring him back in once he recovers without having proved his fitness, which begs the question as to who might replace him in their plans. Anderson, Broad, Finn and Tremlett are all certs to be on the plane, but who'll join them: maybe Rankin or Onions? Or do they go like-for-like & take a seamer who bats well down the order; Jordan, Woakes, Willey, Barker, Plunkett and Harris all now might be in with an outside chance.

  • on August 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

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

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • 5wombats 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?

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • 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.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty 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!

  • Iddo555 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.

  • 2.14istherunrate 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.

  • on August 16, 2013, 14:24 GMT

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

  • verbanonfacta 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.

  • anton1234 on August 16, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Blessing in disguise, I suppose. It allows Tremlett to have a go. Such is Australia's current malaise that someone like Broad and especially Bresnan are made to look good.

  • verbanonfacta on August 16, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    I am sorry for Tim Bresnan. He's competitive and always looks unafraid: I can see why Cook wants to play with him. I hope the selectors don't overreact and rest another first choice bowler. This is an Ashes Test Match, and if we treat it like a warm up game in Northampton by resting players, or trying others we know to be worse, then we traduce it. If we traduce an Ashes Test, then what more evidence do we need that the players are playing too much? Spectators don't want to witness a team budgeting for an imaginary future: they want to see sport, visceral, played in the present.

  • liz1558 on August 16, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Sorry to see the end of Brezylad in this series; he's done a great job - was just getting back to his best form. Finn has got to be the man to come in.

  • on August 16, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Ohh,,big loss,, he is very effective than Broad,,,,

  • Nutcutlet on August 16, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    All the best to Bres. Genuine followers of our game know what an excellent player he is & will wish him a speedy & complete recovery. He's very much my type of cricketer: a hundred-percenter. No successful Test team can stay good for long without the likes of TB; he doesn't take the headlines & yet he allows others to be successful. Take the Riverside Test: Broad's amazing success was set in motion by Bres taking out Warner with a jaffa & then giving nothing at the other end. Earlier on his batting had allowed Swann to bat freely for 30 entertaining & match-tilting runs. That's the player he is -- & he (& his type) is invaluable. When I think of Man-of-the-Match Awards & what they represent (one player starring, above all others), I think that players like TB should have been born in another age when the media's/sponsor's spurious requirement to single out an individual from the team effort was unthinkable.

  • on August 16, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Bad luck for Bres, if there is one English cricketer I really like it is him, he is always up for the battle, hope he makes a strong recovery.

  • JG2704 on August 16, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Good luck to Tim. Forgot about the Onions injury so I guess if they're being consistent it's Tremlett although Finn would be my preference

  • cric_J on August 16, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Re the effect of Bres's injury on resting one of Broady or Jimmy, I think England most probably would have gone unchanged even if Bres would have been fine.

    Cook may have wanted to rest him but I don't think Jimmy himself would have agreed to that. He was really disappointed and rather grumpy when he was left out of the 3rd test against WI in 2012 and the ODI tour to India in 2011 as well. And no player wants to miss an Ashes test, especially if it is the final one of the series that you have already won. And now that Bres isn't there, resting Jimmy seems a light years away kind of thought.

  • cric_J on August 16, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    "Ouhhh....No ! Please, No, no, no !" is exactly what I exclaimed when I read the headline "Bresnan out for season with back injury" on the home page. I am feeling ridiculous for Bres here. He had put in the hard yards after being side lined due to his previous injury and just when he seemed to be doing a more than decent job for the team and probably getting back to his best, THIS happens !

    Here's wishing him a super speedy recovery so that he can quickly get back into some domestic action , prove his form and fitness and get onto the plane down under in November.

    As for Bres's replacement for the last test, I'd undoubtedly go for Finny because: 1.Onions is injured and I am not too sure of Tremlett yet. 2. Finny has been pretty decent in the domestic games he has played since the 1st test. 3. The Oval pitch ALWAYS offers pace and bounce unlike Trent Bridge and that should be to Finny's liking.

  • 2MikeGattings on August 16, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Good news for Watson I suppose, who kept on getting out to Brez. I suppose now he can have a bit of practice getting out to somebody else.

  • hotcric01 on August 16, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    england have lost a good fast bowling allrounder

  • Kaka13 on August 16, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    These days fast bowlers are getting too may injuries it raises the concern over overall fitness of the players. Finn is the best choice for Bresnan and Anderson too needs rest and Tremlett should replace him.

  • loke_cricfan on August 16, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    So finally we can see Steve Finn. I m sure he will struggle Warner and Clarke, particularly Clarke.

  • RodStark on August 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Well, this makes things interesting. I had assumed that we would take Anderson, Broad, and Bresnan to Australia, with Finn and two out of Onions, Tremlett and Rankin as back up--kind of what we did last time. But with Brsnan, Onions, and Tremlett being injury worries, who is next on the list?

  • Neela80 on August 16, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Very Unfortunate to loose such an utility player. But this gives a nice oppotunity to Tremlet, or Onnions. Finn can still wait cauz he has a place guaranteed in ODIs and T20s.

  • on August 16, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    In the 4th test, Andersen was ineffective, and he kept getting the ball instead of Bresnan. Bad captaincy. The match would have finished earlier if Bresnan had retained the ball in Aus's 2nd innings, along with Broad at the other end after he took Warner's wicket. Anyway, at least it forces England to take a 2nd spinner or Tremlett, which they needed to do anyway. Good luck to Brenan on his recovery.

  • Rowayton on August 16, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    About now, Bresnan's probably wishing they'd picked Onions for the Durham test too.

  • ToneMalone on August 16, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Will be curious to see if England also rest Anderson given he looks a bit worn out. 3-0 up ... not a bad time to try out some other options.

  • Nedy on August 16, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    England should pick Finn and Taylor for there tour to Australia in November.

  • HatsforBats on August 15, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    It's amazing England can even field a team with all these injury problems. You really have to wonder what's going wrong in the English setup that they are just unable to keep these injury-prone players in the side for more than a couple of matches at a time. (Tongue planted firmly in cheek). Honestly, bad luck to Bresnan, he's had a tremendous impact down the order and he's a good honest competitor. I'd go with Tremlett, but no matter who they go with it will lengthen their tail somewhat.

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    4 Tests, 3 bowlers out injured between the two sides. It will be interesting to see whether the selectors pick Tremlett, who's in the squad, or go back to Finn. It might well have been Onions chance to finally get a game but he's gone and broken a finger! Very tough on Bresnan, who seemed to be getting back to his best after finally recovering from his elbow surgeries. I think that he was underestimated to begin with but his reputation really took a battering during the period between his two surgeries, where England continued to select him despite his obviously not being fully fit. It will also be a dent in England's limited-overs plans, where the fact that Bresnan seems to be coming good with the bat may also have been an important factor. I guess Bresnan will be feeling much like James Pattinson at the moment, where they would feel that they've done the hard work to come back and then be devastated to get hit with yet another injury and go back to square one. Who's be a fast bowler?

  • on August 15, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    International Season? England play all year round! Does that mean the English summer?

  • landl47 on August 15, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    I suppose it was England's turn to suffer an injury, having been able to stick with the same side for three successive games. Too bad for Bresnan, but hopefully he'll be fit for the Ashes tour. I have to say he's exceeded my expectations with both bat and ball and been a very useful member of the team.

    With Onions also out, England can either go back to Finn, bring in Tremlett or try out a newcomer. Boyd Rankin has been bowling pretty well, but so has Finn. Tremlett, because he has been called up by England, hasn't played a first-class game for over a month (the other two played 2nd-5th August, with Finn taking 7 wickets and Boyd 6 in championship matches).

    I'd go back to Finn myself. If he's bowling well, he's the most likely to do well in English conditions.

  • heathrf1974 on August 15, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    They probably should give Anderson a rest as well. It will a good opportunity to allow Broad to lead the attack and maybe become more consistent.

  • andrewstrausssmassiveforearms on August 15, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    tremlett? be good to see see what he can do in an england shirt after so long out

  • on August 15, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    oh that is such a bad news....england will have to look for inspiration to win the last game:(get well soon Tim:(

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on August 15, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Just when he looked to be getting somewhere again. Those runs in England's second innings were valuable, as was his partnership with Joe Root earlier in the series. I think we can probably rule him out for the winter as well.

    I'd suggest going with Chris Woakes in Bresnan's place. The more information England have on whether or not he can be a force at international level the better.

  • Hammond on August 15, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Bring in Tremlett and Onions for the last test..

  • on August 15, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    no rest for Anderson, then, it seems ... I can't really see England going for a Broad, Finn and Tremlett pace attack at the Oval, eh? It would certainly be a courageous move!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 15, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    England have lost a key pin in Bres, but the good news is there's many others. A Broad-led attack in the final Ashes test this series would still be a great attack, with Finn and Woakes in also. If England win the toss they'll score 500 in just under two days, we could have a match over in less than three.

  • gtr800 on August 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    This is not a panic situation for England, it gives them a chance to test their depth in their bowling line up

  • JG2704 on August 15, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    So I guess Tremlett or Onions. Guess it depends on the pitch but I don't think Tremlett has done enough to displace Finn in the squad let alone get in the team. Maybe he'll get a gig and prove my doubts wrong

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 15, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    That is a bit inconvenient for everyone. Hopefully he will get better soon. For replacement I guess Tremlett would be a good choice-get Australia acquainted with their future.

  • on August 15, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Fast bowlers these days are falling like flies! Yesteryear fast bowlers appeared to have been much fitter. Though the genuine quicks like Lillee, Bishop have had their fair share but I think it was Kapil Dev who famously said that he never missed a single match to injury throughout his career. Anyway wish Bresnan a speedy recovery. With Onions already injured, the future is looking bright for Finn!

  • trav29 on August 15, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    never really been convinced he is a good enough bowler to be part of a 4 man attack and not a good enough batsman to bat at #7 in a 5 man attack

    we will miss his runs but hopefully can now play 4 genuine wicket takers

  • on August 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Bresnan has been chipping in with vital contribution with bat and ball since he came in. England will no doubt miss his services, but they have the bench strength. Even a second XI will beat this Australian side in their sleep.

  • on August 15, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    There is an error in the piece. England have won four Ashes tests in a series before. They have not done so in England, but they have won four in a series before (5-1 in 78-79...)

  • 2MikeGattings on August 15, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Get well soon Brez. Preferably before November!

  • Herbet on August 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Gutted for Bres, but he's a big lad and all that weight thudding down is bound to put pressure on somewhere. With Onions now injured too it looks like it will be Finn or Tremlett. Hopefully Bresnan will be back for the away Ashes leg, he's a top player.

  • Kido123 on August 15, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    time for some Onions so that cook could have some additional spice to cook up Aussies this time around...

  • Iddo555 on August 15, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Disappointing for Bresnan, he played well at Durham. Hopefully he will be back fighting fit for the tour down under.

  • cricketcritique on August 15, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I reckon it is a blessing in disguise for England to select someone who can be really lethal.I am baffled by the praise that has been heaped on Bresnan who was absolutely lackluster albeit for the effort ball to dismiss Warner and some crucial runs(just once).Bowls at 80mph hardly troubles any batsmen.If I were an opposition I would want Bresnan to be playing coz if Anderson has an off day I could cash in on Bresnan's innocuous bowling.Finn or Tremlett should be the go to bowlers that would spice up the attack.Else the pace attack looks very predictable and monotonous.My 2 cents

  • CricketingStargazer on August 15, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    This is a big blow for Tim Bresnan and England. This guy has gone under the knife a second time to fix what the first operation failed to fix properly. Australian fans were begging England to select him for the Ashes and have probably regreted it because he has chipped in consistently with vital wickets and done a lot of old ball donkey work when things were not happening.

    Good luck to him with his recovery. We forget that he is still relatively young and can still come back.

    Now, the interesting question is just who will replace him: Steve Finn? Boyd Rankin? Graeme Onions (if fit)? Chris Tremlett? Maybe even Liam Plunkett?

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Oh that's such harsh luck on Bresnan. Hope he'll be fit for the away series

  • YorkshirePudding on August 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Its a Shame and must open the door for Tremlett, Onions or Finn in the Away series.

    Lets hope hes fit for the start of next season.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Gutted for England's most underrated player of his generation. Of all players who have taken 65 or more Test wickets in the history of the game, Bresnan has the 14th highest batting average of all time. One of the all time great all-rounders!

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    'unable to help England win four Ashes Tests in a series"....apart from the 3 lots of 4-1's there have been that is. The 5-1 in the late '70 was not for Ashes, during World Series period.

  • nlight on August 15, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    What a sickener for this stalwart of the England team. His contributions at Chester-Le-Street were instrumental in twice reversing the momentum.

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Sorry for Bresnan - great opportunity for one of the other fast bowlers to get another international game in. Steve Finn could come back in - no pressure on him since it's a dead rubber, therefore that may help him get some form back for England.

    The thing is, since England already have lost Bresnan, and Onions is injured as well, England probably won't be able to rest Anderson now. Not unless they hand out a debut.

  • hhillbumper on August 15, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Hope you get better soon Bres.might be time to try stokes?I would rest Anderson and bring back Finn

  • hhillbumper on August 15, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Hope you get better soon Bres.might be time to try stokes?I would rest Anderson and bring back Finn

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Sorry for Bresnan - great opportunity for one of the other fast bowlers to get another international game in. Steve Finn could come back in - no pressure on him since it's a dead rubber, therefore that may help him get some form back for England.

    The thing is, since England already have lost Bresnan, and Onions is injured as well, England probably won't be able to rest Anderson now. Not unless they hand out a debut.

  • nlight on August 15, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    What a sickener for this stalwart of the England team. His contributions at Chester-Le-Street were instrumental in twice reversing the momentum.

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    'unable to help England win four Ashes Tests in a series"....apart from the 3 lots of 4-1's there have been that is. The 5-1 in the late '70 was not for Ashes, during World Series period.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Gutted for England's most underrated player of his generation. Of all players who have taken 65 or more Test wickets in the history of the game, Bresnan has the 14th highest batting average of all time. One of the all time great all-rounders!

  • YorkshirePudding on August 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Its a Shame and must open the door for Tremlett, Onions or Finn in the Away series.

    Lets hope hes fit for the start of next season.

  • on August 15, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Oh that's such harsh luck on Bresnan. Hope he'll be fit for the away series

  • CricketingStargazer on August 15, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    This is a big blow for Tim Bresnan and England. This guy has gone under the knife a second time to fix what the first operation failed to fix properly. Australian fans were begging England to select him for the Ashes and have probably regreted it because he has chipped in consistently with vital wickets and done a lot of old ball donkey work when things were not happening.

    Good luck to him with his recovery. We forget that he is still relatively young and can still come back.

    Now, the interesting question is just who will replace him: Steve Finn? Boyd Rankin? Graeme Onions (if fit)? Chris Tremlett? Maybe even Liam Plunkett?

  • cricketcritique on August 15, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I reckon it is a blessing in disguise for England to select someone who can be really lethal.I am baffled by the praise that has been heaped on Bresnan who was absolutely lackluster albeit for the effort ball to dismiss Warner and some crucial runs(just once).Bowls at 80mph hardly troubles any batsmen.If I were an opposition I would want Bresnan to be playing coz if Anderson has an off day I could cash in on Bresnan's innocuous bowling.Finn or Tremlett should be the go to bowlers that would spice up the attack.Else the pace attack looks very predictable and monotonous.My 2 cents

  • Iddo555 on August 15, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Disappointing for Bresnan, he played well at Durham. Hopefully he will be back fighting fit for the tour down under.