Ashes 2013-14: Tim Bresnan produces all-round show to boost selection chances

Tim Bresnan took four wickets and scored a half-century © Getty Images (File photo)

Sydney: Nov 28, 2013 

Tim Bresnan boosted his claim of a return to England‘s Ashes Test squad following injury on Thursday after claiming four wickets and a half-century for a development team.

The bowling all-rounder was 57 not out in the England Performance Programme game with Queensland Second XI and took four wickets for 31 as the hosts were 156 all out.

Bresnan’s return after a stress fracture in his back could be a boon to England, whose third seamer Chris Tremlett failed to impress in the heavy first Test loss to Australia.

“It’s always good to see someone like Bresnan back up and fit and firing and bowling well,” said England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, who is overseeing the four-day game in Brisbane.

“Today he bowled with good control and decent pace as well. Picking up wickets was a bonus but I think the most important thing for us was that he came through strongly.”

England’s main squad start a two-day tour match in Alice Springs on Friday ahead of next week’s second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Bresnan, who has taken 67 Test wickets, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back after England beat Australia in Durham during the recent Ashes 3-0 series win.