Bresnan ‘gutted’ to miss Pakistan series

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CASTLEFORD cricketer Tim Bresnan will miss the rest of England’s tour of the United Arab Emirates with an elbow injury.

Yorkshire all-rounder Bresnan (pictured) missed the opening warm-up win against an ICC Combined XI after suffering ‘minor soreness’ following surgery on the problem at the start of December.

However, the injury is continuing to cause concern and he will miss the three-Test series against Pakistan starting next Tuesday.

Bresnan admits he is bitterly disappointed to be heading home.

“I’m obviously gutted not to have an opportunity to play in the Test series but I knew that looking at my rehabilitation programme it was always going to be touch and go to get me ready for the series,” he said.

“I want to wish the squad all very best and the priority for me now is to get myself ready for the one day series in February.”

England will not call for a replacement with Graham Onions, who was already with the touring party, elevated to full squad status.

Despite Bresnan’s continued problems, England are still optimistic he will be fit in time for the limited-overs section of the tour, the first game of which is on February 13.

England captain Andrew Strauss explained that, after Bresnan attempted a few deliveries on the square as his team-mates prepared for the final day of their first warm-up match on Monday, it became apparent his elbow was too painful for him to be considered for the three-Test series beginning on January 17.

“Bresnan tried to bowl today, having had an injection and a good rest,” said Strauss.

“I think we were all expecting him to be absolutely fine. But it’s very painful - and given that, he’s probably not going to be able to play for two or three weeks.

“That means he’s unable to play any part in the Test series, so he’s flying home.

“We’re all gutted for him, because it’s come from left-field. It’s surprised him and us.”