By Graham Hardcastle

Tim Bresnan says the challenge of being around to help guide Yorkshire’s squad through their transitional period is one that excites him.

All-rounder Bresnan, 33, signed a new two-year contract to stay at Emerald Headingley last month after turning his back on interest from elsewhere.

The former England star will embark upon his 19th season of county cricket in 2019 and will be in a dressing room minus fellow 2014 and 2015 Championship winners Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Andrew Hodd and Liam Plunkett, who have all either left or are leaving.

Bresnan claimed a first-class career best 5-28 in the first innings of last week’s draw against Hampshire at Emerald Headingley and will face Worcestershire at New Road in the final game of the season from tomorrow.

Yorkshire need a maximum of two points from that fixture to secure their Division One future.

“That was the sort of main pull to keep me around, to make sure that I’m passing on the baton,” he said. “And it’s exciting.

“I’m excited about the future and about not only the cricketers sat in the dressing room at the minute, but those waiting in the wings.

“There’s a lot of talent knocking around Yorkshire, in the twos and stuff. It’s not going to be long before they’re playing.”

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