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Tim Bresnan's targeting opening Ashes Test
Tim Bresnan is targeting a return to fitness from his stress fracture of the back ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane next month.
The Yorkshire all-rounder was ruled out of the fifth Test of the home Ashes series at The Oval in August, having impressed with ball and bat in the second, third and fourth Tests, taking ten wickets and scoring 103 runs.
Bresnan, 28, will travel with the England squad to Australia later this month, although he was not one of the 17 names selected.
But Bresnan is supremely confident he can play a part in the Test series, and has far from ruled himself out of the first Test on November 21.
“It's going really well,” said the player who suffered a stress fracture of the foot in 2010.
“Fingers crossed, I've not felt it since three days after I did it. It never even felt like a stress fracture to be fair. But obviously the scans showed one up. I've just got to roll with it and do the rehab to the letter.
“I've been doing pretty much anything I want in the gym. I'll be back running next week, which should be good.
“It was massively frustrating, but you can't just keep going with one of these otherwise they'll get bigger. Then, instead of missing just two months, you end up missing six months or potentially a year if it's that bad. It was the right call to pull out of all cricket.
"We fly to Australia the 23rd I think it is, maybe 24th, and then we’ll build it up back to bowling from there. Hopefully if all goes well in the first couple of sessions, I'll do a few roll throughs and see how it feels. Then I'll progress it as you would going on any tour.
“Fingers crossed, depending on warm-up games and stuff like that, I'll be available for selection from the outset I think.
“What the medical staff are saying is 'it's not to be rushed'. We're in a position where it's going to be played by ear. As much as I understand it's touch and go for Brisbane, thereafter there's definite possibilities.”
Bresnan, Yorkshire’s beneficiary for 2014, says it is impossible to pinpoint exactly when the injury struck.
“If you remember back to the start of the year, I was bowling quite a lot to try and prove my fitness after the elbow operation,” he added.
“You could add up all the overs in the nets and stuff like that and say 'that's probably why'. But it's impossible to say for sure. It could have been coming for two years, six months, three weeks or even in that last Test.”
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