Bresnan rested for Headingley international

Tim Bresnan.
Tim Bresnan.

CASTLEFORD’S Tim Bresnan is one of three England bowlers set to be rested from Friday’s third one-day international against the West Indies.

With the series won 2-0 - when Bresnan has played an important role with bat and ball - the Townville all-rounder is being left out of the third game in the series at Headingley, along with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “The fact that we have already won the NatWest series means we are able to take the opportunity to rest three players ahead of next week’s series against Australia and take a closer look at players who are likely to feature in our limited overs planning going forward.”

Bresnan is expected to return for the Twenty20 international against the West Indies at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

After that match, England will name a squad for their forthcoming five-match one-day international series against Australia.

England clinched the series against the West Indies by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with an eight-wicket win at The Oval on Tuesday.

Bresnan was not required to bat, but took 1-54 after recovering well from an early onslaught by Chris Gayle who hit him for three sixes in one over.

In Saturday’s game at Southampton’s Rose Bowl, Bresnan played a major part in a 114-run victory as he took 4-34 and scored 21 runs with the bat.