Tim Bresnan delivered a timely innings to help guide Yorkshire towards a competitive total against Warwickshire and remind England’s selectors of his all-round abilities.
The 29-year-old has been restricted in the number of games he has played for Yorkshire in recent years because of England commitments and played only 11 LV= County Championship matches since last scoring a half-century - an 87 against Hampshire at Headingley three years ago.
But, watched by national selector James Whitaker, Bresnan hit a determined 61, sharing in a crucial 113-run seventh-wicket partnership with Kane Williamson, to help Yorkshire reach 310-8 at the close of the opening day against the Division One leaders.
Fearing his Test place may be under threat for this summer’s exchanges with Sri Lanka and India, Bresnan’s innings – including nine fours – could not have been better timed against a quality attack including England seamer Chris Woakes, Keith Barker, Chris Wright and the off-spin of Jeetan Patel.
“I don’t really listen to any England talk, so I don’t really know what’s been said, so all I can do is get a few runs and get a few wickets and throw my name in the hat,” said Bresnan.
Arriving at the crease with Yorkshire struggling on 181-6, having lost five for 70 in the afternoon session, Bresnan drew on the calm composure of New Zealander Williamson to help launch the recovery.
Their stand was only broken after Warwickshire took the second new ball, with Barker winning an lbw appeal against Williamson for 75, scored over four and a half fours at the crease, and seven balls later Bresnan was bowled attempting to drive Woakes.
Yorkshire had made a flying start after being put in, with Joe Root and Adam Lyth forging a 91-run stand in only 22 overs. Their stand was broken when Lyth mistimed an attempted pull and gave Woakes a return catch.
Root fell five overs into the afternoon session when he played on to Barker for 69 attempting a late cut, sparking a mini-collapse, which included Gary Ballance falling leg before to Barker after being hit on the right elbow by Woakes in the previous over.
Ballance was treated for several minutes by physio Kunwar Bansil but fell in the next over when he was given lbw to Barker.
He was given ice treatment and will be assessed overnight to make sure the damage is nothing more than bruising.
Wright claimed two further wickets, with Jonny Bairstow bowled attempting to drive down the ground, while Adil Rashid was caught by Will Porterfield at second slip.
But Williamson and Bresnan teamed up to guide Yorkshire towards their competitive target and frustrate Warwickshire’s hopes of taking control.