England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of Sunday’s Twenty20 international against India with a strained shoulder, ECB said.
The injury is not thought to be serious and the 29-year-old Bresnan, a member of England’s team who won the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010, could return to action for his county Yorkshire next week. Bresnan did not play in the 50-over series against India as the world’s best-ranked ODI and Twenty20 team ruthlessly exposed England’s one-day deficiencies in a 3-1 win.
Meanwhile, England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan said his side will take a lot of confidence from its 41-run win over India in the fifth and final ODI when the two sides meet for one last time this summer in a T20 International, here on Sunday.
India won the five-ODI series 3-1, but England managed to post a much-needed win in the last one-dayer at Leeds on Friday to avoid a whitewash. “It was a huge boost. We had not competed in the first three games we’ve played against India. They are a very strong side and they did not let us play and all credit to them.
“But for us to stand up on Friday and for Joe Root to put in the performance that he did, in difficult circumstances and given the situation when he came in, it was exceptional. We can take a lot of confidence from that,” said Morgan.
Middle-order batsman Morgan’s own form though has been a bit of a pale shadow. Thanks to England’s top-order troubles, he has failed to get going. The hosts could cross the 250-run mark only once in the ODI series and that to in the final one-dayer.
“It’s been disappointing. I’ve worked incredibly hard this year on my all-round game but I have been light on runs. I can’t pinpoint exactly where it’s going wrong,” the T20 captain said.
“I’ve found different ways of getting out the majority of the time. It’s never been easy as international cricket isn’t. I’ve gone through periods likes this before and I’ve always come back well, so I’m quite confident I will,” he added.
All praise for IPL
Recently, Ian Botham had criticised the IPL in his ‘Spirit of Cricket’ lecture. Morgan, who is one of the few English players to be a regular in the IPL, said he had learnt a lot playing in the tournament. “In my experience of the IPL, I have thought wonders of it. I spent four seasons playing with Jacques Kallis, one with Rahul Dravid, Brendon McCullum and Brett Lee, guys I would never have had an opportunity to play with and learn from solely playing at Middlesex, so I’m very grateful for that. I learnt a lot from those guys.”
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(With PTI inputs)