Tim Bresnan is hoping a second stint in the Big Bash League will allow him a swift return to competitive cricket after recent elbow surgery.
The 31-year-old, who was named Yorkshire’s player of the season this summer, told the Telegraph & Argus newspaper that he has held talks over a second BBL spell. He played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2014/14 tournament.
“That’s something I’m hoping to do,” he said. “We’re in talks with a couple of teams, although it’s up in the air and nothing’s finalised. It would be mainly covering injuries or call-ups after Christmas.
“The elbow is really good,” he continued. “I’ve been struggling with it for a couple of years and my pace has been down. I’ve had to up-skill and use more brains.
“Myself, Ku (physiotherapist Kunwar Bansil) and Wayne (Morton, Yorkshire’s director of medical services) had a chat and decided to see Simon Boyle, the surgeon,” he recalled. “He basically said ‘if I get you 60 per cent less pain and two or three more degrees extension, would you take it?’ I said ‘yes’.
“He then said ‘how about ten degrees more extension with the same pain?’ I said ‘yes’. He then said ‘what if I can get you both?’. I said ‘that’s the ultimate’.
“It was a no brainer and I could have the perfect scenario. Touch wood, it feels really good at the minute.
“I’ve been rehabbing quite intensively and the club have invested in some decent bits of kit. They’ve helped massively. Fingers crossed, it will be back to where it used to be.
“I played golf within two weeks and was pain free, although it’s changed my swing. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not…”
England hopes not dead
After consistent displays for Yorkshire there are a few who still think he could do a job for England. The competition for places is extremely high, but Bresnan hasn’t entirely given up hope.
“It’s not outside the realms of possibility but it will be a big ask because the rest of the body is a few years older,” he admitted. “That’s a decision for the selectors to make. I’m available if they come calling.”