Cricket - Unbeaten 57 for Bresnan on return

Tim Bresnan returned to action with an unbeaten half-century for the England Performance Programme, on his comeback after a stress fracture of the back.

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Cricket - Unbeaten 57 for Bresnan on return

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Tim Bresnan made a half-century on his comeback from injury.

England will be more keenly awaiting a report on Bresnan's bowling, once he has the opportunity, against Queensland 2nd XI in Brisbane.

It is hoped that the 28-year-old can prove his fitness in the four-day match, which got under way on Wednesday, and therefore be added to the full squad and be available for selection as a third seamer in the second Test at Adelaide.

Instead, with the Test tourists in Alice Springs for their match against a CA Chairman's XI on Friday and Saturday, Bresnan spent his first day of competitive cricket since last season as a number nine batsman at Allan Border Field.

The EPP posted 376 for nine, after being asked to bat first, in an innings notable first of all for a century by Middlesex batsman Sam Robson in the country of his birth.

Number three Robson, whose future was subject of much conjecture until he committed himself to a prospective England career by joining this tour, was retired out for 102.

Moeen Ali also made 83 in the middle order, and Jos Buttler 54 - before Bresnan weighed in with an unbeaten 57.

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