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Bresnan ready to return for England in 2nd test

December 3, 2013

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Tim Bresnan’s first test against Australia coincided with the English taking a series lead in 2010-11 and his second helped them secure the Ashes away from home for the first time in two decades.

The 28-year-old paceman is hoping his return to the lineup this week will help get England back on track for a fourth straight Ashes series win after a thumping 381-run loss in the first test last month in Brisbane.

Bresnan was rushed back into the England squad on Monday after his performance for an England academy team against a Queensland state 2nd XI convinced the coaching staff and selectors that he has recovered from the back stress fractures that have sidelined him since August.

The second Ashes test begins Thursday in Adelaide.

“The heavy defeat we took a couple of weeks ago did dent us,” Bresnan said. “But we’re a group of guys that, especially when our backs are against the wall, come out fighting.

“We’ve done it time and time again. Especially when we’re under pressure and in a corner; that’s when we show our mental fortitude.”

Bresnan’s six wickets in England’s lopsided win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2010 gave the tourists a 2-1 series lead, and it remains his best bowling performance in a test away from home. He backed it up with five wickets in the next match at Sydney to help England capture its first series victory in Australia in 24 years.

He also played in three tests in the recent series in England, which the hosts won 3-0, before he was sidelined with the back injury.

Bresnan has never tasted defeat in five tests against Australia and, should he get selected, he’ll face an intense comeback against a team that is high on confidence following a commanding fast bowling performance in Brisbane.

Bresnan, who has 67 wickets in his 21 tests, said the recall was a “massive boost,” even if he’s not guaranteed a start in the XI. On a flat wicket expected to favor batsmen and make life difficult for fast bowlers, England could recall Monty Panesar to work in a spin tandem with Graham Swann.

If three seamers are selected, Bresnan is widely tipped to get the nod ahead of Chris Tremlett to support Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson.

“I’m excited to be back amongst it,” Bresnan said. “I wouldn’t have put my name in the hat if I wasn’t ready.

“I’ve bowled a lot of overs in the nets. Building up to full fitness, it does take a long while. I do feel ready.”

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