Bresnan drafted into MCC side
Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan has been called up by the MCC for the opening match of the first-class season tomorrow.
Bresnan will replace giant Middlesex quick Steve Finn for the traditional four-day contest against county champions Durham at Lord’s.
Finn pulled out after landing awkwardly on his right ankle in a practice match against Sussex at Hove last week.
“After leaving the field in discomfort last Thursday, we had hoped Steve’s ankle would have settled down after three days of rest,” said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser.
“He bowled on Monday and it hadn’t improved as much as we’d hoped and therefore we couldn’t guarantee that he would get through the MCC game.
“It would not be in anyone’s interests for Steve to push things at this stage of the season.”
Bresnan, 24, joins Yorkshire colleagues Michael Vaughan and Adil Rashid in the representative side, selected in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board, for the customary season curtain raiser.
Robert Key captains an MCC side packed with international experience.
Warwickshire’s Ian Bell will be hoping for early-season runs in his battle to reclaim the number three spot in England’s Test team.
Durham have named a 13-man squad for the match, with new signing Ian Blackwell set to make his first-class debut for the county.
However, England duo Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison are unavailable.
Collingwood is preparing for his stint in the Indian Premier League with the Delhi Daredevils, while Harmison is being rested by the ECB ahead of the international summer.
Mark Davies also misses out for Durham after sustaining an injury during the England Lions tour of New Zealand.
Durham head coach Geoff Cook said: "To start our 2009 campaign against the MCC at Lord’s as the champion county is something we have been looking forward to and it will certainly be something to remember for the lads that represent us and for our supporters.
"The MCC team is an especially strong one so we’re expecting stiff competition."