England trio are hit for six after taxi terror… but Bresnan is fit and ready
Tim Bresnan is fit and ready for action at last and so are another three of his England team-mates – despite an alarming taxi ride they could have done without.
Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott were hardly expecting any dramas on a short excursion from their team hotel. But as Pietersen later told the world via Twitter, that is what they got when the car bonnet flew up and hit the windscreen.
Ready for action: Tim Bresnan bowls during a nets session on Saturday
'I'll tell you what's not pleasant – driving at 100kmh and the bonnet of the car decides to fly open and slam the window,' tweeted Pietersen.
He had recovered his composure by the time England's practice took place under lights at the Zayed Stadium, where they will face Pakistan in the first of four one-day internationals on Monday.
Bresnan was also present, able to bat and bowl in the nets with no discomfort from the post-operative elbow pain which prevented him playing any part in England's 3-0 Test series defeat against Pakistan here.
The Yorkshire seamer had to fly home before the first Test and returned on the penultimate day of that series, having rested the injury for three weeks and undergone a succession of fitness checks.
Bresnan played in the warm-up win over England Lions and reported that his elbow is no longer giving him any significant pain. 'As far as I'm concerned, I'm available for selection,' he said.
Rank taxi: Kevin Pietersen
'It's a massive relief to be involved again,' Bresnan said. 'It's been quite a frustrating time not being able to do anything, not being able to bowl. I was just sat there watching the Tests on TV driving my missus nuts, so she'll be happy I'm out here now.
'It's tough watching the boys lose. We like winning as a team, but it's nice to be out there even if we're not. We all stick together, it's like an extended family for me.
'We spend so much time with these lads and I felt every inch of their loss as well, so it's a nightmare when you're so far away.'
Bresnan was not at his best in the seven-wicket win over the Lions but showed enough to suggest he can recapture the form that has made him a mainstay of the one-day side in recent years.
'It was my first game in three months, but hopefully it will all go well from there,' he said.
'Bowling is a rhythm thing. You can't just run up and put everything into it and expect to be at full steam, you need to get your rhythm and hope everything just clicks together.
'It was good to get back in the game. I thought I bowled all right for my first game in three months.
'I bowled a few bad balls but you're going to expect that, it's not quite on its little string as it usually is, it's going to take time.'
Bresnan has become something of a lucky charm for England, especially in the Test arena, where he has won all 10 matches in which he's featured.
His Midas touch has not quite crossed over into the 50-over format, which England appear no closer to mastering than when Flower took over as coach three years ago. Bresnan, whose Test record of 318 runs at 45.42 and 41 wickets at 23.6 stands comparison with most, is sure to bring some extra swagger and power to an England side that will see Kevin Pietersen open with captain Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara bat at four.
Asked if he could one day become the best all-rounder in world cricket, Bresnan replied: 'I don't see why not. I work hard on my game every day and I'd like to think I can get better. I suppose it depends who else is around at the time.'
Pakistan are sure to employ the same tactics in the one-day series that saw them run out such comfortable winners in the Tests, with spinners Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman and Mohammad Hafeez likely to continue to torment them.
'What's gone is gone now,' Bresnan said. 'It's a different challenge altogether, one-dayers and Testmatch cricket.
'There's a lot of new faces, lads who've had a lot of success in Sri Lanka with the Lions and that's boosted everyone as well. The mood inside this camp is fantastic.'