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Yorkshire star Tim Bresnan has officially been added to the England squad for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
Bresnan has proved his fitness while playing for the England Performance Programme team. The 28-year-old shone with both the ball and bat in his first match since suffering a stress fracture of his back in August. The all-rounder originally travelled with the squad but wasn’t officially part of it, due to his injury.
Confirming the news, an ECB statement read: “Tim Bresnan has been added to the England Test squad following his recovery from a back injury, and is available for selection.”
England now have a selection headache on their hands, with a number of options available to them. Bresnan is likely to come straight back into the Test starting side in Adelaide, but the selectors have to decide what their approach will be.
England bowler Chris Tremlett could be replaced by Bresnan after he struggled in the first Test, or Alastair Cook’s side could use five bowlers with Jonathan Trott out of the side. The batsman left the tour with a stress-related illness.
The five bowler approach would see Bresnan bat at No.7, with wicketkeeper Matt Prior moving up the order to bat at No.6. Trott’s place at No.3 would be taken by either Joe Root or Ian Bell, who have both admitted in the last few days they would be happy to fill in for their side.