An accurate seamer and more than capable lower-order batsman, Bresnan has developed into a fine all-round performer at international level.
His powerful build allows him to generate healthy pace and bounce, but it is his consistency with the ball that is arguably his greatest strength.
A proud Yorkshireman from Pontefract, Bresnan made his debut for his home county just 102 days after his 16th birthday, making him Yorkshire’s youngest debutant in 20 years.
After taking 47 wickets in the White Rose’s promotion-winning County Championship campaign in 2005, he was named as the club’s young player of the year for the second successive season.
An England call-up followed in the summer of 2006, but, after featuring in a narrow Twenty20 defeat to Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl, he found life tough in the subsequent NatWest Series as the hosts suffered a 5-0 whitewash.
However, he continued to excel for Yorkshire and was rewarded with an England one-day recall in August 2008.
Bresnan made his first Test appearance in the home series against West Indies nine months later, helping England regain the Wisden Trophy with a 2-0 win.
After impressing on the one-day leg of the winter tour to Bangladesh at the back end of 2009, he returned to the five-day team for the Tests against the Tigers and picked up four wickets in Chittagong before compiling a vital 91 with the bat in Dhaka.
Bresnan remained an integral member of England's limited-overs set-up throughout 2010 and played all seven matches as Paul Collingwood's side claimed a sensational victory in the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
Having been named in England's Ashes squad, Bresnan did not feature in the the first three Tests but made a significant impression as the tourists secured a 3-1 triumph with victories at Melbourne and Sydney.
He claimed match figures of 6-75 in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG and followed that up with a further five scalps in the final Test.
His 11 series wickets came at an average of 19.54 and demonstrated his ability to flourish at the highest level.
A return of 5-48 from 10 overs in England’s second match at the 2011 World Cup, the memorable tie with India in Bangalore, provided yet more evidence of Bresnan’s growing stature in the game.
The same opponents were to suffer again later that year, this time in the longest format of the game.
Recalled to the Test team in place of the injured Chris Tremlett, he picked up 16 wickets in three matches at an average of 16, and also contributed scores of 90 and 53 not out.
By the end of the summer he had finished on the winning side in each of his 10 Tests, averaging 45 with the bat and 24 with the ball.
Bresnan underwent elbow surgery that winter and, although he travelled with the England squad to the United Arab Emirates, he was ruled out of the Pakistan Tests.
He returned for the final Test against Sri Lanka, taking two wickets as England levelled the series 1-1 with an eight-wicket victory.
Bresnan did not show his best form in the ensuing summer and subsequently lost his place in the Test side during England's series loss against South Africa.