Bresnan released to shine for Yorkshire

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YORKSHIRE will have Tim Bresnan available for two County Championship games before the Test series between England and the West Indies starts on May 17.

Bresnan has been cleared by the England management to play against Kent at Canterbury (April 26-29) and Leicestershire at Scarborough (May 2-5).

Stuart Broad’s Indian Premier League debut will be further delayed after the England Twenty20 captain was ruled out of all cricket for three weeks.

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Broad flew home early from England’s tour of Sri Lanka due to a calf strain suffered in the first Test at Galle.

Other England player availability: Anderson (CC game v Notts 2-5 May), Bell (all cricket from Apr 16 to May 13), Bopara (all cricket), Broad (injured), Cook (all cricket from May 2-13), Davies (all cricket), Finn (CC games v Durham Apr 19-22, v Worcs May 3-6), Morgan (IPL), Panesar (all cricket), Patel (all cricket), Pietersen (IPL then CC match v Worcs May 9-12), Prior (CC games v Warwicks Apr 26-29, v Lancs May 9-12, and tour game v WI May 5-7), Swann (CC games v Lancs May 2-5, v Middlesex May 9-12), Strauss (all cricket from Apr 16 – except CB40 v Netherlands May 14), Tredwell (all cricket), Tremlett (injured), Trott (all cricket from Apr 23 to May 14).

Yorkshire (v Leeds-Bradford MCCU at Headingley, Friday-Sunday): Root, Sayers, McGrath, Gale (capt), Lyth, Ballance, Rafiq, Brophy, Patterson, Wardlaw, Hannon-Dalby.

Yorkshire Seconds (three-day friendly at Durham, today-Fri): Lyth, Lees, Brophy, Ross, Rafiq, Girling, Geldart, Randhawa, Patterson, Hannon Dalby, Ashraf, Lilley.