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Boycott pushes Bresnan for England recall

— 22 May 2013

Yorkshire President and Test Match pundit Geoffrey Boycott is pushing for Tim Bresnan to be recalled to the England side ahead of the Investec Second Test Match, which starts at Headingley on Friday.

After a thrilling victory over New Zealand in the First Test at Lord’s this weekend, England captain Alastair Cook will take his men to Headingley for the final game of the series with massive optimism of recording a whitewash series win over the Black Caps.


Boycott, who played 108 times for England at Test level, believes Bresnan deserves his chance to play against New Zealand on his home ground.


“Bresnan has been outstanding so far this season in county cricket and has shown tremendous resolve to get back to his best following elbow surgery a couple of months back,” said Boycott.


“I would drop Steven Finn and bring in Bresnan. Finn’s length has been far too short and his four wickets in the first innings at Lord’s flattered him. Tim Bresnan deserves his chance. He would be playing on his home ground and would relish the prospect of showing what he is capable of. He is bowling with good control and his pace is up there with the quickest bowlers in the country. I hope he gets his chance.”


The Yorkshire public will also be looking forward to seeing Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow mark their first Test Match at Headingley. Root has been in outstanding form this season and currently averages 126 with the bat following his composed 71 at Lord’s in the second innings. Bairstow is developing into a top-class international cricketer and his versatility as a top-order batsman has catapulted him amongst the best exponents of willow in the country.


“Root and Bairstow have been outstanding for England,” added Boycott, who believes that both players have a big future ahead for England.


“I believe Joe (Root) will eventually become an all-time great of the game. I played over 100 times for England and scored in excess of 8000 runs, but Joe will eventually go beyond that – that’s how highly I rate him. Headingley is the perfect stage for him and I’m sure we could potentially see something very special from him in this Test Match.


“As for Jonny he will adapt very quickly to rigours of Test Match cricket and will have a very successful career. He is aggressive and very positive in the way he plays and gets people on the edge of their seat. It would be fitting for him to come of age at Headingley.


“It should be an intriguing Test Match, where runs will be scored aplenty. I would urge those that are thinking of coming to buy a ticket and watch something special from our Yorkshire contingent.”


Now it is the class of 2013 to write their names into Headingley folklore. With the very best talent on show from England and New Zealand, including our very own of Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Joe Root, a party atmosphere is always guaranteed. This is your opportunity to grab a ticket, or two, and make it a Bank Holiday to remember. Tickets start from £15 for a junior and £30 for an adult. 


We also have a great value family ticket available for day three and four of the Test. Two adults and two kids can enjoy top-class international cricket for just £80. 


To book your seat edge and see the best players converge on Headingley, please call 0871 971 1222* (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday) or click here to book now.

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