Bresnan ‘might be back bowling 100 percent by the first Test match’, reveals Alastair Cook

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“We’ll only know for sure when he starts bowling again”

England captain Alastair Cook has revealed that pace bowler Tim Bresnan “might be back bowling 100 percent by the first Test match” in Brisbane after the Yorkshireman suffered a lower back stress fracture during the recent Ashes series this summer.

However, Cook noted that Bresnan would not be rushed into making his comeback as England have reserve pace bowlers in hand.

“I think he might be back bowling 100 percent by the first Test match,” Cook said. “That is the kind of progress we’d hoped to see from him.

“He’d have to have some bowling in a match before he went into a Test match. We’ve got the performance squad coming out too, so we’ve got some options for him to get practice in.

“We don’t know how his back is going to react. We’ll just wait and see.

“He plays a key part in our side when he is fully fit. The reports from the medical team were that his best chances of recovery were with us so it made sense to give him the best chance of becoming fit during the series.

“That is why he is here, to get physio treatment every day and that sort of stuff, so hopefully he makes some good progress. We’ll only know for sure when he starts bowling again.”

Cook also noted that he was pleased Tymal Mills from Essex and Harry Gurney from Nottinghamshire would be helping the team with their preparations against left-arm pace bowlers, something which is non-existent in the national team.

Mills and Gurney will help Cook and his men experience what they can expect from Australia’s Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, once he recovers from his lower back stress fracture, throughout the Ashes.

“We don’t have any left armers in the squad and there is a possibility that we will face a couple of them in the Ashes,” Cook said. “It is great practice for them and a great experience for them, but they are very much there to bowl at us.”

Speaking about the upcoming three-day warm-up game against Western Australia, Cook said: “It is a three day game and we’ll get the most out of it. A lot was made of our opposition in India, but we can’t control it so we’ll just concentrate on getting our preparations as good as possible.

“We can’t control who we play. You’d like to play as strong an opposition as you can but clearly with WA playing a state game we have to play the next best.”

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