The Ashes - Tim Bresnan added to England squad for second Test

Bowling all-rounder Tim Bresnan was called into the England squad for the Ashes series on Monday and will be available for the second test against Australia in Adelaide this week.

Bresnan, who suffered a stress fracture of his back in August, previously travelled with the squad but was not officially part of it up to and including the first Test in Brisbane.

The seamer stayed behind there, while England headed to Alice Springs for a two-day tour match last week, and marked his comeback - for the Performance Programme against Queensland 2nd XI - with an unbeaten half-century and four first-innings wickets.

His return to the full squad was therefore anticipated, and the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed it on Monday.

A statement via the ECB's text service read: "Tim Bresnan has been added to the England Test squad following his recovery from a back injury, and is available for selection."

Bresnan is a serious contender to be selected as England's third seamer on Thursday, after their wide-margin defeat in the series opener at the Gabba. 

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