Bresnan out to stake his claim

Bresnan last played in the England whites during the 5-0 Ashes defeat in the winter of 2013/14, though in recent months he enjoyed a pre-World Cup training session with the squad in Australia and also turned out for the England Lions on their tour of South Africa.

More importantly perhaps, the double Ashes-winner helped end Yorkshire’s 13-year wait for a title last season, taking 30 wickets in 10 games at an average of 31.57 and making 95 against Nottinghamshire on the day the championship was clinched.

With New Zealand and Australia still to come this year, the Headingley faithful’s belief of “strong Yorkshire, strong England” is already showing good signs with six White Rose players currently on tour in the West Indies.

And when asked if he would like to make it number seven, Bresnan told Press Association Sport: “That’s up to the selectors.

“If I do get a load of wickets at the start of the season and get a few runs then I put my case forward, that’s all I can do – then it’s up to the selectors.

“Obviously, the only thing I can do is get runs and take wickets for Yorkshire.

“That’s what I’m looking to do. Whatever happens after that we’ll just let it play out.

“We’re defending champions, so we’re going to do our utmost to defend the title.

“If we play the consistent cricket we did last year – which we are capable of – we’ll be there and thereabouts again.”

Bresnan did take a step towards that good start on Wednesday, when he reached 400 first-class wickets during Yorkshire’s game against Leeds-Bradford MCCU at Headingley.

But regardless of his own selection, Bresnan is confident England can put in a good showing against New Zealand and Australia after a turbulent year that also included an early World Cup exit.

“I think we’ll do well,” Bresnan said. “I think they’ve got all the talent.

“They just need to start implementing it, start applying that talent and playing good attacking cricket. They are very capable of doing it.”

Bresnan did express his disappointment at England’s tour matches against St Kitts and Nevis, where some of the Three Lions side have padded up for the hosts in a bid to give the bowlers a higher-quality challenge.

“Obviously, they’ve tried to make the best of a bad situation,” he said.

“It’s very difficult when you go on tour and you don’t get decent opposition to practice games.

“But at the end of the day there’s nothing England can do about it.”