Bresnan: I'm ready and available

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Seamer Tim Bresnan delighted in a timely recovery, after being added to England's squad for the remainder of the Ashes series earlier this week.

Seamer Tim Bresnan delighted in a timely recovery, after being added to England's squad for the remainder of the Ashes series earlier this week.

Bresnan, who sustained a stress fracture of the back in August, made a promising return to competitive cricket for the England Performance Programme against Queensland's second XI at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane recently.

The all-rounder scored a superb half-century and clinched four key wickets in the drawn fixture, and has since returned to contention for a berth in the team for the second Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

"I'm excited to be back amongst it. I'm available for selection. It has been quite frustrating travelling with the guys and doing all the prep, but knowing I probably wasn't going to play any of the warm-up games," said Bresnan. "But I'm relishing the chance if I do get one at Adelaide."

Australia lead the five-match series after a convincing 381-run win inside four days at the Gabba in Brisbane, where fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was named Man of the Match on the back of fine figures of nine for 103.

Right-armer Bresnan, who took 10 wickets in three matches against the same opposition at Chester-le-Street in Durham, Lord's in London and Old Trafford in Manchester earlier this year, is likely to replace the tall Chris Tremlett in the playing XI.

"This was the plan from the outset. The medical team sat down then and said I may not be fit for Brisbane; there's a slim chance for Adelaide, but – if everything goes well – we can push for that," he added.

"Coach Andy Flower was happy with that, so brought me along as a spare member of the team. The lads have been great and pretty much treated me like one of the squad, so that's been very good. Now I'm ready."

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