Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan are fighting for a place in the England side for the first npower Test against India at Lord’s starting on 21 July.
Broad was left out of the side for the final One Day International against Sri Lanka after a disappointing start to the international summer in which his ten wickets have cost 61 runs apiece.
Bresnan missed the 1-0 Test series victory over Sri Lanka due to a recurrence of the calf injury which forced him home from the ICC World Cup.
He was rushed back into the side for the ODI series though, taking eight wickets in the five matches – including 3-49 as England completed a 3-2 series win at Old Trafford.
Despite Broad’s struggles this summer he is highly thought of in the England set-up and is likely to be in the mix for a place in the side at the Home of Cricket.
England Team Director Andy Flower, speaking after the victory at Old Trafford, sounded confident that Broad would play a part in the India series:
“Broad's been a superb performer for us, a great competitor – and I foresee him doing great things for us in the future, both in this upcoming Test series and the one-day series.”
Broad, 25, plays for Nottinghamshire in a four-day LV County Championship fixture this week as he looks to rediscover his wicket-taking touch ahead of next Thursday.
Bresnan’s case might be hard to ignore though, regardless of how much respect Broad – England’s Twenty20 captain – might command in the management hierarchy.
After spending a couple of years on the peripheries of the Test side, he made a brilliant cameo in the final two Tests of last winter’s Ashes series as England swept to a 3-1 victory.
His accuracy, aggression and surprising pace put him in the same category as Broad as a bowler and his batting is considered good enough to place him above Broad in the order for ODIs.
The 26-year-old Yorkshire all-rounder will feel he has done all he can to usurp Broad for the Lord’s opener. The selectors will have their say later this week.