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Gillespie: Bresnan should play in Adelaide

— 2 December 2013

Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie believes England will be stronger with the inclusion of Tim Bresnan.

“He is a real unsung hero and arguably one of the most important players in their squad. The statistics show that when Tim plays for England they more often than not win matches. When he plays, England performs. He gives them an outlet across all facets of their game. He is strong in the field and he can score handy runs. His influence in the dressing room is crucial and the players will relish having him back in the mix." - Jason Gillespie


Yorkshire seamer Bresnan has been officially added to the England squad for the second Test of the Ashes in Adelaide starting on Thursday (00:00GMT).

He has proved his fitness playing for the England Performance Programme team in Brisbane last week, scoring runs and taking wickets in his first match since suffering a stress fracture of his back in August.

Gillespie, who has been watching the Ashes series with avid interest, thinks Bresnan could be the missing ingredient to lift England’s spirits after going one-nil down in the series.

“I actually think they’ll (England) pick him as third seamer,” said Gillespie.

“Tim (Bresnan) is looking great after making a successful comeback last week.

“He has scored runs and taken wickets for the England Performance Programme last week and has clearly shown that he is ready to be given a shout in Adelaide.

“I don’t think it is a shot out of the blue. His injury wasn’t as bad as people were making out. His back was a bit sore and he probably had a bit of a hot spot. England looked at it as a real opportunity to give him a bit of a break and let things settle down with his back. They know how important this tour is and how Tim is integral to their continued success.

“He is a real unsung hero and arguably one of the most important players in their squad. The statistics show that when Tim plays for England they more often than not win matches. When he plays, England performs. He gives them an outlet across all facets of their game. He is strong in the field and he can score handy runs. His influence in the dressing room is crucial and the players will relish having him back in the mix.

“I think their plan has always been to get him back for the second Test and now that he has come through the warm-up game they will be happy with his progression.”

Bresnan previously travelled with the squad but was not officially part of it up to and including the first Test in Brisbane.

An ECB statement read: “Tim Bresnan has been added to the England Test squad following his recovery from a back injury, and is available for selection.”

  • Meanwhile, England batting coach Graham Gooch has confirmed that Yorkshire’s Joe Root or Warwickshire’s Ian Bell are in contention to take the number three slot in Adelaide vacated by Jonathan Trott, who has left the Tour of Australia due to a long-term stress related illness.

    “Whoever moves up to number three, and it’s probably fair to say that Joe Root and Ian Bell are the two candidates, I’m sure they’ll stand up for England, that’s what they’ve got to do,” said Gooch.

    “I’m not a believer (that) you’ve got to be very careful about looking after people in what number they bat.

    “If you’re asked to bat three, four, five or six, whatever, you have to do that job.”

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