Injured Bresnan out of Test series

Tim Bresnan, who has suffered a recurrence of his calf injury.
Tim Bresnan, who has suffered a recurrence of his calf injury.

CASTLEFORD’S England cricket all-rounder Tim Bresnan has suffered a recurrence of the calf injury that forced him out midway through the One Day International series against Australia and has been ruled out of the forthcoming Test series with Sri Lanka.

The Townville and Yorkshire quick bowler is sitting out the Roses match that starts today and will also miss the three upcoming Tests against Sri Lanka.

Bresnan suffered a recurrence of his injury during a County Championship game against Hampshire last week where he impressed with five wickets and a knock of 87 when Yorkshire were in trouble in their first innings.

The English Cricket Board confirmed that after undergoing scans his injury was a serious one and needed time to mend, which meant his participation in the Sri Lankan series is unlikely.

“A rehabilitation and recovery programme will be established in the coming days following further medical assessment,” said an ECB statement.

Bresnan, however, is expected to regain fitness in time for the Test series later in the summer against India.

He will be hoping to get back to his best after finally establishing himself in the England side when playing a key role in the Ashes triumph in Australia last winter.

After he withdrew from the ODI series in Australia, Bresnan made an impression in the World Cup where he was the leading English bowler in difficult conditions.