Tim Bresnan was delighted to be back at Headingley and played in his part in an excellent day’s cricket between Yorkshire and Lancashire.
The England bowler, playing his first cricket since January due to an elbow injury, took a wicket forjust 16 runs from 10 overs.
Bresnan admitted his relatively light workload was always the plan as Yorkshire and England schedule his gradual return to competitive action after several months in rehabilitation.
“I felt good,” he said. “It was nice to get a run out against different batters than you get in the nets. It’s been worthwhile bowling 10 overs in the day – it’s a perfect little start and I can build it up from here.
“I think I probably went a bit hard and I had the physio looking over my shoulder a little bit saying ‘don’t go mad.’ It feels good so I’m just going to go as hard as I can. I had confidence in it and there’s no pain there whatsoever, which is a great feeling after all I’ve been through in the last couple of years.”
Bresnan revealed he was delighted at the way he had bowled after such a long lay-off, and hopes his performance will convince Yorkshire he is ready for next week’s championship match at Durham.
“I felt fantastic,” he smiled. “I’ve been bowling in the nets and it’s felt good, but to get out there coming up and down the hill with the wind blowing and stuff felt good.
“I was giving it the full beans, especially with the wind. It’s quite difficult against it at times, but especially that first spell I felt as if I got it through – if you do 20 overs in three days, you’re pretty much fit for a Championship game.”