Bresnan misses Test series

England’s Test squad for the series against Pakistan was hit by the unexpected loss of seam bowler Tim Bresnan. Bresnan failed to recover from an elbow injury. His place in the squad has been taken by Graham Onions, who was already preparing with the England players.

"I'm obviously gutted not to have an opportunity to play in the Test series," Bresnan said, "but I knew that looking at my rehabilitation programme it was always going to be touch and go to get me ready for the series," he said.

The captain Andrew Strauss admitted it had been a shock to lose the fast bowler. "I think we were all expecting him to be absolutely fine," Strauss said. "But it's very painful, and given that, he's probably not going to be able to play for two or three weeks. That means he's unable to play any part in the Test series, so he's flying home. We're all gutted for him, because it's come from left-field. It's surprised him and us."

Bresnan was a key figure in England’s rise to the top of the Test rankings in 2011, not just for his wicket-taking but also for his ability with the bat, demonstrated in the 4-0 series victory over India. England will be significantly weakened by his absence.

It offers an opportunity for Onions to re-establish himself in the Test team, after being on the fringes for 2011. He will be competing with Chris Tremlett and Steve Finn for the third fast bowler position behind first picks James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

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