Bresnan is hoping to return by May
England pace bowler Tim Bresnan is set to fly to the Unites States to undergo a second surgery on his troblesome elbow and has been ruled out of the team’s upcoming tour of New Zealand as a result.
Earlier this month, England national selector Geoff Miller first broke the story after revealing that Bresnan may require another round of surgery and was left out of the squad for precautionary measures.
Bresnan underwent his first surgery in the latter part of 2011, but has failed to show any major progress since then, having put up a less than impressive performance against South Africa in July to August, which saw England lose their world number one Test team ranking to the Proteas.
As if things could not get any worse for the Yorkshireman, he finished 2012 with no wickets in two Tests against India before being sidelined with elbow issues.
Bresnan’s injury has significantly affected his pace and Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale confirmed that Bresnan was heading to the United States for surgery and wished him all the best.
“He’s going out to America in the next week or so, and he’ll be there for a week or two to have an operation and then some rehab on his elbow,” Gale told the Telegraph and Argus.
Bresnan last represented England in their final ODI against India in Dharamsala,where he was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name.
Gale stated that there was a slight chance of Bresnan returning when Yorkshire tour the West Indies prior to the start of their domestic season, but the pace bowler himself is hoping to be back in action when New Zealand tour England in May, while many cricket pundits and former players see him returning during the Champions Trophy in June at the earliest.
With Bresnan out of the side, pace trio Chris Woakes, Graham Onions and Stuart Broad, who recently recovered from a severe heel injury, will all be battling it out for the vacant spot and looking to stamp their authority during the New Zealand series.