Tim Bresnan last played for England in 2015    Getty Images
Tim Bresnan last played for England in 2015 Getty Images

Australia’s Perth Scorchers have signed English bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan as their international Big Bash League Twenty20 replacement player for David Willey, the club said on Monday. Bresnan will be available to play for the Scorchers in their January 11 BBL game against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba, with Willey unavailable due to England team commitments. Willey has been called into England’s squad for the ODI and T20 International series in India later this month. Fast-medium bowler Bresnan, 31, has represented England across all three formats, with 23 Tests, 85 ODIs and 34 Twenty20 internationals.

Bresnan was the third leading wicket-taker in last year’s T20 Blast in England with 21 dismissals. He has previous BBL experience with the Hobart Hurricanes. “(Tim’s) international experience and first-class experience is a great asset for us,” Scorchers coach Justin Langer said. Earlier, Bresnan along with Harry Gurney and Liam Dawson were announced as star attractions in a United Arab Emirates-based North v South series designed to discover fresh international talent. The 50-over competition comprises three matches in Abu Dhabi in March 2017. England Lions batsman Ben Duckett and Somerset duo Lewis Gregory and Tim Groenewald have also been given invites. Northamptonshire slow left-armer Graeme White and Kent all-rounder Matt Coles complete a line-up selected using the Professional Cricketers Association s Most Valued Player rankings.

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The rankings are based on this term s One-Day Cup, with the top four MVPs in the north and south plus the best spinner, automatically qualifying for the 13-man squads.