England’s Swann, Bresnan Return for New Zealand Cricket Test

Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were named to the England cricket squad for the first Test against New Zealand after both recovered from elbow surgery.

Off-spinner Swann and seam bowler Bresnan sat out England’s series in New Zealand in March. Swann left the team before that series to have surgery, while Bresnan was operated on after it was decided he would be rested for those matches. Both have been playing for their county teams this season.

“Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan have worked hard to regain fitness following elbow surgery and have demonstrated through their performances for their counties that they are ready for the challenge of international cricket,” England National Selector Geoff Miller said in a statement today.

The two-match series begins May 16 at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The teams drew 0-0 in their three-match series in New Zealand.

Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire),
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan
(Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Nick Compton
(Somerset), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe
Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan
Trott (Warwickshire).
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