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England bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan will play his first game in nearly three months when he lines up for Yorkshire versus Roses rivals Lancashire in a friendly this week.
Bresnan has not played since January 27 – when he took 4-45 in a one-day international win over India – after undergoing surgery on a nagging right elbow injury.
The 28-year-old missed England’s tour of New Zealand and has faced a race against time to be fit for the new county season.
While Bresnan missed Yorkshire’s innings-and-12-run loss to Sussex in their LV= County Championship Division One opener last week, he will return for the White Rose’s three-day friendly with Lancashire at Headingley, which starts tomorrow.
“It has been a while since I played,” said Bresnan, who had targeted the Roses match for his comeback. “I’m feeling good and looking forward to playing against Lancashire.
“I have been bowling in the nets and the elbow has responded well. I feel I’m getting back to my best.”
With a hectic international schedule to come in the next 12 months – including back-to-back Ashes series – Bresnan cannot wait to return to the England fold.
“For me it is now (about) playing as much cricket as possible with a view to playing well for Yorkshire and ultimately breaking back into the England team,” he added.
Batsman Joe Root, another man looking to play a key role for England this summer and unavailable against Sussex, will also feature for Yorkshire in a fixture that will be treated as a training game.
“Both clubs agreed that they wanted to use the next three days as key practice in the middle,” said Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie. “We will use all 13 players at some stage throughout the game and Lancashire will do the same with their squad.
“For us, it is vital to work on all areas of our game ahead of the championship match at Durham the week after.
“I want to see our spinners given long spells to get them into a rhythm, so we should see a lot of bowling from Raf (Azeem Rafiq) and Rash (Adil Rashid) over the next few days.
“Batting-wise, Alex Lees will play in the seconds, which will give him chance to work on his game. Joe Root will play his first Yorkshire game of the season and I hope he gets plenty of time in the middle and forms a strong partnership with Adam Lyth.”
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