Bresnan’s guile needed to contain Queensland and salvage draw

England's Tim Bresnan
England's Tim Bresnan
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Some impressive bowling at the finish from Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan kept a Queensland 2nd XI at bay in Albion as the England Performance Programme hung on for a draw.

When they declared on 201-7 England would have felt more confident of winning than losing, given their hosts had a target of 422.

A century from Joe Burns – following on from a first-innings 97 – gave Queensland a chance, though, and Bresnan was needed to come on at the end and steady the ship.

Although unable to take any wickets – Moeen Ali took 5-125 – Bresnan bowled tightly at the end and ensured Queensland fell eight runs short of victory, having needed 18 off six overs at one stage.

Bresnan is hoping to be called up to join the Test squad for the second encounter with Australia in Adelaide, having missed the opening defeat in Brisbane as a result of his recent back surgery. His second-innings figures were 0-41 off 16 having taken 4-31 from 10 overs in the first innings.

Sam Robson again impressed with the bat, with the Australia-born Middlesex man adding to his first-innings ton with a smart 65, the same score as Ben Foakes.

Burns was given ample run-chase support by Corey Barsby (59) and Chris Sabburg (46) but the hosts had to settle for a draw.

South Africa opener Graeme Smith will miss the third one-day international against Pakistan following the death of his grandmother. Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed Smith had been released from the squad on “compassionate grounds” with Henry Davids called in for the match at Centurion today.

Davids’s inclusion comes after his good domestic form and could see him make his ODI debut at the age of 33.

“Henry has performed for us in the T20 format and this is another opportunity for him to make a contribution in the ODI squad,” said CSA selection convenor Andrew Hudson.

“He had a successful run in the Momentum One-Day Cup and this is just reward for his consistent performances.”

South Africa are also without Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis after they were withdrawn from the squad due to injury after the second ODI. Steyn has a side strain while Kallis has an injured finger on his right hand.