Tim Bresnan is optimistic about his recovery from a stress fracture in his lower back, although he is being careful not to get ahead of himself.
The Yorkshire bowling all-rounder has not played since August’s fourth Investec Ashes Test at the Emirates Durham ICG, where England won the summer’s Ashes series.
Bresnan has now travelled to Australia with England’s Ashes squad to continue his rehabilitation.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk about his back, he said: “It’s good. Hopefully once I start bowling, it progresses quite well.
“I won’t know much until I’ve got through my first couple of sessions and see how it reacts to it. But hopefully, fingers crossed, it will be fine.”
The 28-year-old, who made an important contribution to England’s 3-1 Ashes success Down Under three years ago, is not setting a target for his return.
“It’s definitely one that we play by ear I think,” he added. “It’s definitely on my reaction and how I feel.”
Bresnan is hopeful England will make it four Ashes series wins in a row, the first time they will have do so since the 1800s.
“It would just be immense, wouldn’t it?” he said.
“We talk about building for the future and things like that. You can only build for your future if you’ve had a good past and that’s what we want to create.”