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Tim Bresnan is strongly expected to play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG as England plan how best to respond to their 267-run defeat at the Waca.
Bresnan’s all-round reliability has become increasingly attractive to England with Steve Finn beginning to show the effects of an exhausting debut season and Jimmy Anderson under treatment for a stiff side.
Finn is England’s leading wicket-taker in the Ashes with 14 victims but he disappeared for more than five an over in Perth and England are determined to impose themselves on a slower pitch at the MCG, the sort of methodical approach that brought them victory in the second Test in Adelaide.
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Policy has worked for 18 months says Flower
Chris Tremlett has been handed a starting place by England in tonight’s third Ashes Test in Perth.
The fast bowler was vying with Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad to move into the side after Stuart Broad tore an abdominal muscle while bowling in the second Test in Adelaide. But on the hard, bouncy Waca pitch England will put their faith in the 6ft 7in Tremlett.
The Surrey bowler has played three Tests for England, all against India in 2007 when he picked up 13 wickets at an average of 29.69.
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England’s coach Andy Flower believes that the deathly slow surface that England encountered in their drawn three-day warm-up match against Victoria this week was the perfect reality check after the highs of the Adelaide Test, and has backed his pace bowlers to take command of the livelier conditions that are anticipated at the WACA this week.
England’s trip to Melbourne was billed as a three-way shoot-out between Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad, all of whom were in with a shout of replacing Stuart Broad in the Test attack following his stomach injury. However, on a tacky and docile pitch that offered little to any types of bowling, the trio returned combined figures of 1 for 216 in 78 overs to leave the selection debate somewhat cloudy.
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England coach Andy Flower has decided which of his three reserve seam bowlers will replace the injured Stuart Broad.
Rumours sweeping Perth suggest Surrey paceman Chris Tremlett will get the nod ahead of Yorkshire pair Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad for the third Test.
But following the tour match against Victoria, when the trio took only one wicket between them, Flower is refusing to confirm he has gone for Tremlett.
He said: “You can’t put words in my mouth. It’s pretty clear in our minds.”
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