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Bresnan ruled out with stress fracture


Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the second Test against Bangladesh at Old Trafford on Friday, after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot during England’s eight-wicket win in the first Test at Lord’s. Ryan Sidebottom has been drafted in as a replacement to an otherwise unchanged England squad.

Bresnan was one of England’s star performers during the recent World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean, but his effectiveness was reduced during the first Bangladesh Test, with Andy Flower hinting midway through the match that he might benefit from a return to county cricket to reacquaint himself with red-ball bowling.

That will not now happen in the immediate future, and a further assessment on Bresnan’s injury is scheduled for this week before a recovery timeframe is established. Ajmal Shahzad, who was omitted from the final XI at Lord’s, could stand to make his Test debut at Old Trafford this week, although Sidebottom’s impressive form for Nottinghamshire, coupled with his role in the World Twenty20, could tip the scales in favour of his left-arm offerings.

“It’s very unfortunate that Tim Bresnan will miss the second Test through injury,” said England’s national selector, Geoff Miller. “His bowling benefitted from five days of Test cricket during the Lord’s Test and he would have been looking forward to getting more overs under his belt at Old Trafford.

“It does, however, provide Ryan Sidebottom with an opportunity to push for Test selection following his outstanding performances in the World Twenty20. The entire bowling unit will be better for the overs bowled during the first Test and looking to further build on this in Manchester.”

“We can be very pleased with a number of aspects from the first Test at Lord’s,” added Miller, “resulting in a comprehensive win against Bangladesh.”

England squad Andrew Strauss, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

Source:Cricket News

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