England bowler Tim Bresnan set for Yorkshire return

England bowler Tim Bresnan is set to return to action for the first time since elbow surgery when Yorkshire take on rivals Lancashire

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Tim Bresnan missed England's tour of New Zealand The Sport Review

Tim Bresnan will return to action for the first time in three months when he lines out for Yorkshire in a three-day friendly against Roses rivals Lancashire this week.

The 28-year-old missed the tour of New Zealand and has not played since taking four wickets against India in a one-day international at the end of January.

However, with the first Test against New Zealand a little over a month away, Bresnan will be eager to prove his fitness to the selectors.

In February, the bowling all-rounder underwent surgery on a troublesome right elbow to remove extra bone and scar tissue and was placed on a six to eight week rehabilitation programme ahead of a busy international summer.

“It has been a while since I played but I’m feeling good and looking forward to playing against Lancashire. I have been bowling in the nets and the elbow has responded well,” he told Yorkshire’s website.

“I feel I’m getting back to my best. For me it is now playing as much cricket as possible with a view to playing well for Yorkshire and ultimately breaking back into the England team.”

Joe Root, who missed the White Rose’s County Championship defeat by Sussex, is also included in the 13-man squad for the friendly which starts on Tuesday at Headingley.

With neither side in County Championship action during the second week of the season, it is an ideal opportunity for both teams to get some more match practice under their belts, and Lancashire head coach Peter Moores expects a good test for his side.

“The fact they’ve had a tough game and want to get batters in nick will give it a nice bit of edge for them and for us, so it should be a good game of cricket,” said Moores.

“Lancashire and Yorkshire are always good games – never friendlies. Both sides will take it for what it is, and it’ll be played in the right spirit.”

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