England fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been ruled out for the rest of the English season, including the last Ashes test, with a stress fracture in his lower back.
“Bresnan will begin a recovery and rehabilitation programme and a date for his return to cricket will be determined in due course,” the English board said in a statement on Thursday.
Tim Bresnan helped England win the Ashes outright after taking a 3-0 series lead with victory over Australia in the 4th test at Chester-le-Street on Monday. He is likely to be substituted with fast bowler Chris Tremlett for the 5th test at the Oval starting on Wednesday.
Graham Onions, who’d have been another option to come in, have been ruled out with a broken finger meaning England are unlikely to be able to rest key fast bowler James Anderson. Swing specialist Anderson started the Ashes in fine form but was upstaged by team mate Stuart Broad in the 4th test where he looked exhausted.
Tim Bresnan will also skip 2 Twenty20 internationals against Australia after this month and the 5 ODIs in September.