England seamer Tim Bresnan is upbeat about his Ashes prospects after an elbow operation.
England bowler Tim Bresnan has announced that he should be fit in time for the first Ashes series of 2013 against Australia, which starts in July.
Bresnan has undergone surgery on his elbow but thinks that he will have recovered in time to feature for England when they take on the Aussies.
A second operation on the seamer’s right elbow kept Bresnan out of England’s recent tour of New Zealand, but he is targeting a return to cricket for his county side Yorkshire when they take on Lancashire in a friendly on April 16.
Bresnan now feels positive about his prospects in the Three Lions team ahead of a bumper year of Ashes cricket, with series’ in both England and Australia.
“I’m actually excited about the future,” the 28-year-old was quoted on ESPNcricinfo.
“Whereas, because I was bowling in a little bit of pain [before], it’s always in the back of your mind that you’re not giving it the full beans because it might hurt you.”
Bresnan is the third England cricketer to come out and declare their fitness is improving ahead of the Ashes.
Spinner Graeme Swann has been characteristically upbeat after he missed the tour against the Black Caps as he was undergoing an elbow operation himself.
Swann has also said he will be fit for the Ashes and so has batsman Kevin Pietersen, who was forced out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.
England will have a host of seam bowlers itching to get into the team with both Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett knocking at the door along with Bresnan.