Injured Bresnan out of New Zealand tour

The Northern Echo: INJURED: Tim Bresnan has been replaced by Chris Woakes INJURED: Tim Bresnan has been replaced by Chris Woakes

TIM BRESNAN has been ruled out of the tour of New Zealand due to an ongoing elbow problem, while Craig Kieswetter found himself axed from the one-day squad.

National selector Geoff Miller yesterday announced a 15-man Test squad for the three-match series, as well as making alterations to the previously announced limitedovers party.

Bresnan, who has been struggling with his right elbow for some time and underwent an operation at the end of 2011, has been replaced in all three formats by Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes, who is uncapped at Test level.

Bresnan will be assessed by specialists before any decision is made on his long-term availability, but Miller is hopeful that the Yorkshireman will be back to full fitness in time for a summer programme that sees England host both the Ashes and the Champions Trophy. Kieswetter, meanwhile, looks set for a lengthy spell in the wildnerness.

Until Wednesday’s match in Mohali, the Somerset man had played each of England’s last 34 one-day internationals, but county colleague Jos Buttler and the returning Jonny Bairstow are both ahead in the pecking order.

Kieswetter was named in the original ODI squad for New Zealand but has been stood down having been low on confidence and runs in India.

England also added two players to the 50-over squad, with Joe Root and the uncapped James Harris joining the group.

Root had initially been assigned the captaincy of the second string England Lions for their tour of Australia but his performances across the formats in India have made an irresistible case for inclusion among the seniors.

Explaining the decision to send Bresnan for futher medical advice despite the seamer playing all four games of the current series, Miller said: ‘‘Tim had got a little issue with his elbow, which he has had for a while ‘‘He’s had a problem and he felt that playing through it could alleviate that problem, but that hasn’t been the case.

‘‘He needs it looked at because it’s not right at the moment.

This was an opportunity for him to go back and get it sorted.”

Woakes, who has been around the international scene for a couple of years without fully establishing himself is seen by England as the closest thing to a like-forlike replacement due to his batting abilities, as well as seam bowling.

‘‘He is coming in for all parts of the New Zealand tour because he’s shown with the Lions what he is capable of, and that is part of the pathway,’’ said Miller.

For Kieswetter, though, the news was bad. Though all of the modern-day euphemisms were present and correct, this is a good old-fashioned dropping – and one he may struggle to bounce back from having now failed to convince at opener and in the middle order.

‘‘Craig has had an extended opportunity in ODI and T20 cricket and while he has shown evidence of delivering performances on the international stage, we don’t feel these have been consistent enough,’’ said Miller.

‘‘As we look towards the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC World Cup we will look to explore other options.

‘‘It is always tough to leave someone out but we already have two wicketkeepers in the squad (Buttler and Bairstow), so Craig might not have played and could have been sitting about.

‘‘We discussed it with him and felt the best way forward was for him to go back to Somerset, work on his game and get a lot of runs early in the season.’’ Kieswetter’s axing was hastened along by the desire to include Root, who has excelled in all aspects on his first trip with England.

His appearance in the Test squad also sees Samit Patel and Eoin Morgan omitted from the longer form.

James Taylor has inherited the Lions captaincy from Root, who have also added Craig Overton, Stuart Meaker and – surprisingly – veteran all-rounder Rikki Clarke.

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