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England bowler Tim Bresnan says he could still make the first Ashes Test against Australia next month, despite not being picked in the main squad.
The Yorkshire star has not played since the series-clinching win against Australia in August after picking up a stress fracture in his back.
As a result, Bresnan has been left out of England’s 17-man squad for the Ashes but he will travel with the team Down Under as he continues to receive treatment on his back.
Bresnan’s rehab has gone to plan so far and the 28-year-old thinks it will be very close as to whether he is fit for the first Test in Brisbane. That games gets underway on November 21 and the seam bowler is confident he will play thereafter.
“It (his recovery) is going really well,” he was quoted as saying in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
“Fingers crossed, I’ve not felt it (the injury) since three days after I did it. It never even felt like a stress fracture to be fair. But obviously the scans showed one up. I’ve just got to roll with it and do the rehab to the letter.
“We fly to Australia the 23rd (of October) and then we’ll build it up back to bowling from there. Hopefully if all goes well in the first couple of sessions, I’ll do a few roll-throughs and see how it feels. Then I’ll progress it as you would going on any tour.
“Fingers crossed, depending on warm-up games and stuff like that, I’ll be available for selection from the outset I think.
“As much as I understand it’s touch and go for Brisbane, thereafter there’s definite possibilities.”