• The Ashes 2013

Stress fracture ends Bresnan's season

ESPNcricinfo staff
August 16, 2013
Tim Bresnan is out for the remainder of the season © Getty Images

Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the remainder of the summer with a stress fracture in his lower back. His absence creates a space in England's bowling attack for the fifth Ashes Test, which begins on August 21.

The EcB said that he would "begin a recovery and rehabilitation programme and a date for his return to cricket will be determined in due course".

Bresnan was preferred to Steven Finn for the second Test at Lord's and has performed well in the series with 10 wickets and two crucial contributions in the closely-fought fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.

Bresnan made 45 in England's second-innings to boost his side's lead before making a breakthrough with the wicket of David Warner when Australia were on course to chase 299 for victory. England went on to win comfortably and clinch the series.

The injury is the latest setback for Bresnan who needed elbow surgery in February which ruled him out of England's tour of New Zealand.

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