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Bresnan ruled out of England’s Test series with Sri Lanka

| 18.05.2011

England have been rocked by the news Tim Bresnan will be unable to play any part in the upcoming Test series with Sri Lanka.

He may be considered a bit-part player by some, but Bresnan played a crucial role in the Ashes victory earlier in the year and his absence will be felt by the England camp even if he was unlikely to make the starting eleven in Cardiff next week.

England are 4/9 to win the series with Sri Lanka and 8/11 to win the first Test at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens next week and Bresnan’s absence means the England selectors now have seven seamers to pick from.

Stuart Broad is back in the side following a long absence through injury and the seamer looks certain to be joined by James Anderson and Chris Tremlett, although Steven Finn will be hoping to state his case in England Lions’ four-day match with Sri Lanka which starts tomorrow.

In a break from tradition – traditionally the first Test of the summer is played at Lords – the England and Sri Lanka Test teams will take to the Sophia Gardens strip for the first time next Thursday in what is to be a long summer of Test cricket.

England welcome India in July following the end of the Sri Lanka tour and that will test the fitness of both the England Test and one-day squads with 20 fixtures between next week and the middle of September.

Sri Lanka are 4/1 to open the Test series with a victory with the draw available at a very tempting 2/1.

The last time Sri Lanka visited these shores in 2006 the series was drawn with one win apiece, but England have only lost two of their 10 home Tests with Sri Lanka and have won on five occasions.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.