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“Now I’m ready”
England pace bowler Tim Bresnan is ready to rumble after having been sidelined since early August with a lower back stress fracture.
Bresnan was included in the squad for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide and is highly likely to replace fellow pace bowler Chris Tremlett.
“I’m excited to be back amongst it,” Bresnan said. “I’m available for selection.
“It’s been quite frustrating travelling with the guys and doing all the prep, but knowing I probably wasn’t going to play any of the warm-up games.
“But I’m relishing the chance if I do get one at Adelaide.”
Bresnan sustained his back injury during the fourth Ashes Test in Durham and confirmed that he had been working towards making his Test comeback during the upcoming Test, which gets underway on December 5.
“This was the plan from the outset,” he said. “The medical team sat down then and said I may not be fit for Brisbane; there’s a slim chance for Adelaide, but – if everything goes well – we can push for that.
“(Coach) Andy (Flower) was happy with that, so brought me along as a spare member of the team.
“The lads have been great and pretty much treated me like one of the squad, so that’s been very good. Now I’m ready.”
Bresnan added that he wouldn’t have been included in the squad if he didn’t believe that he was fully fit.
“I wouldn’t have my name in the hat if I wasn’t ready,” he said. “I’d just be letting myself down if I did get picked and I wasn’t ready to play. It takes a great deal of honesty to say if you’re not…but I think I’m ready to play.
“I’ve bowled a lot, a lot of overs in the nets. Building up to full fitness, it does take a long while. I bowled nicely at Brisbane in both innings and there’s no reason why I can’t take that into a Test match.
“I’m quite a positive bloke, quite a positive player, so hopefully me coming back into the squad does give the guys a lift.
“I think the heavy defeat two weeks ago did dent us but I think we are a group of guys who, especially when our backs are against the wall, we come out fighting.
“We’ve done it time and time again, especially when we’ve been under pressure and in a corner, that’s when we show our mental fortitude.”