Bresnan must Impress at Champions Trophy
Tim Bresnan faces a difficult ICC Champions Trophy campaign if he is to make the England Ashes squad later this summer, after pulling out of the national side’s ODI series with New Zealand last Thursday.
The Yorkshire fast bowler left the camp to be with his wife, who was due to give birth during the series, but is set to return for the Champions Trophy this June, where England are currently front runners in the betting odds to win.
When Bresnan returns he faces a tough challenge to convince selectors he is worthy of an Ashes start, at least in the eyes of Betfair ambassador, Michael Vaughan, for he’s played very little international cricket this year.
His last outing was during the ODI series with India after New Year and since then an elbow injury has hampered his game. He managed only two Tests when touring the subcontinent and failed to take a wicket in either outing, replacing the injured Steven Finn.
The fact he wasn’t a first-choice seamer against India must be a real concern for Bresnan fans in the betting world, for the 28-year-old is now playing catch-up to get back in the side.
What he didn’t need was another withdrawal from the England squad and although he will be back for the Champions Trophy he now has fewer matches to impress selectors. Finn, meanwhile, took wickets against New Zealand this May to push his name forward for contention and will play during the Champions Trophy too.
It looks likely Andy Flower and co. will pick four pacemen and spinner Graeme Swann for the Ashes, and with Stuart Broad and James Anderson guaranteed places there’s just two more up for grabs.
Bresnan may well get a call-up but that doesn’t mean he’ll start during the first Test on 10 July. He was a squad player in the last series and looks destined to be one here, unless he takes major wickets for England this early summer.
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