England ponder Tim Bresnan fitness as Boyd Rankin eyes the Ashes

Twice an Ashes-winner, Bresnan when fit fills the tricky position of third seamer in a four-man attack and the Yorkshireman played a key role during England's 2010/11 3-1 series win in Australia.

updated: September 22, 2013 09:44 IST
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London: England know the bulk of a squad due to be announced Monday for a tour of Australia that will see them try to win a fourth straight Ashes series for the first time since the 19th Century.

The fact England, who beat arch-rivals Australia 3-0 in a Test series on home soil to retain the urn, rested regular captain Alastair Cook, batsman Ian Bell and bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann from the subsequent 2-1 one-day series loss was testament to the importance they place on the Ashes.

But while the first-choice XI, with star batsman Kevin Pietersen set to play his 100th Test in November's opener in Brisbane, largely picks itself, the choice of back-up squad members is likely to have led to some prolonged discussions for a selection panel led by ex-England off-spinner Geoff Miller.

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