Cautious Bresnan closes in on return

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Tim Bresnan & Huw Bevan

Tim Bresnan is put through his paces in Dhaka as England gear up for their first World Cup warm-up match, against Canada tomorrow

Tim Bresnan is ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury - but is not about to take any undue chances before his first World Cup.

The seam-bowling all-rounder, a mainstay of England’s ICC World Twenty20 triumph last year and a key figure as they clinched the Ashes this winter, missed the last five matches in a 6-1 one-day international defeat against Australia.

That finished only eight days ago, but Bresnan was back home by then after damaging a calf in Hobart.

Contrasting reports soon emerged about the seriousness of the Yorkshireman’s injury, and he admits he was concerned at first that it might scupper his World Cup hopes.

“Yes, I think it was a little bit like that,” he said. “There were doubts whether it was a grade two, grade one (tear).

“I think the fact that it bled so much probably led to the grey area. But I think we are slightly ahead of schedule now.”

That does not mean Bresnan will be fit for England’s opening World Cup warm-up match against Canada in Fatullah tomorrow, or even the second at the same venue against Pakistan on Friday.

“It’s feeling pretty good. I hope I can get a warm-up game, but will definitely be targeting the start of the tournament,” he confirmed.

“I’ve not bowled 100% since I did it. But I’m definitely back bowling 80-85%, and then will probably go to 100 on Tuesday. I want to get in a few sessions at 100% before I take the field for a competitive game.”

Bresnan’s initial fears about the severity of his injury soon subsided, and he is content now that he had a little more time than many of his team-mates to rest following the first part of an arduous and high-profile winter.

“It probably wasn’t the ideal time to get injured. But the saving grace, silver lining, is that I have had a bit of time at home to relax and recharge my mind as well as my body.”

Tim Bresnan

Bresnan claims his return from Australia with a calf injury at least allowed him time "to relax and recharge" both mind and body

Bresnan is satisfied that England are in the right physical and mental shape to challenge for a second global trophy in under a year.

“The (one-day) series in Australia was probably a blip in the cricket we’ve played over the last two years,” he added.

“We’ve got everyone fit now, and the guys have recharged their batteries back at home for four days - so we’re feeling good.

“This is the World Cup. If you can’t get up for the World Cup, then you probably can’t get up for anything.”

England have asked the International Cricket Council for special dispensation to allow Chris Tremlett, who is in Bangladesh as cover, to possibly play against Canada.