England spot could be choice between Bresnan and Shahzad

ENGLAND'S summer build-up to an Ashes defence begins tomorrow with two Yorkshiremen potentially vying for one place in the team.

Right-arm seam bowlers Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad are part of the 12-man squad for tomorrow's first Test with Bangladesh at Lord's.

Bresnan has the edge on past Test experience – Shahzad has admitted this is his first trip to the capital – but with Andy Flower hoping to use the series to blood fringe players in the Test-match environment, this could be the Huddersfield-born 24-year-old's chance to make his Test debut.

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Not that Pontefract's Bresnan, 25, intends on relinquishing his place to his Yorkshire team-mate.

"I have made it hard for the selectors not to pick me and that was always my aim," said Bresnan, who made his Test debut against the West Indies last May.

"The rotation gives me a chance to make an impression now.

"I have forced my way into the team and I have to kick on and inject some consistency into my game and do it for however long I can – for the next 10 years, hopefully."

Both players helped England win the World Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean last week, albeit with Shahzad playing a bit-part role, something he has grown familiar with since breaking into the England fold in January.

His hopes of making a Test debut rest on whether the selectors opt to go with an extra seamer, putting him in direct competition with Bresnan.

"Hopefully, fingers crossed, if everything goes well, I'll get my first gig on Thursday," said Shahzad. "

"I would be upset if not. I went to Bangladesh and I didn't play.

"I've got nothing to lose. I've come here and, in a way, I've been fast-tracked.

"I've been given this opportunity and all I can do is show what I have got to offer.

"I'm enjoying everything that comes with being around the England boys."

The two Yorkshire players joined their World Cup winning team-mates at No 10 Downing Street on Monday to meet Prime Minister David Cameron. It was Shahzad's first visit to London, highlighting how far the young man has come since breaking into the Yorkshire team in 2006.

"I'm 24 and I've never been to London as daft as it sounds," admitted Shahzad, who will become the first Yorkshire-born Asian to represent England at Test level if selected to face Bangladesh.

"My first time was on Sunday so I drove into London by myself.

"All I've ever seen of London was on the TV. So when I saw 10 Downing Street on the TV I thought it was an actual street.

"It was just magnificent. I tried to take everything in, I forgot my phone so I couldn't take any pictures, but it was nice to meet David Cameron."

Shahzad revealed that the new Prime Minister got captain Paul Collingwood's first name wrong.

He said: "He called him Colin Collingwood.

"I could forgive him though because he must have a lot going through his head. It was quite a funny moment."