Tim Bresnan has been named in England’s one-day international and Twenty20 squads to play Pakistan, but his participation is still subject to ongoing fitness checks.
The Yorkshire seamer had to leave this tour of the United Arab Emirates, because of post-operative elbow pain, before the start of a Test series which ended on Monday in a 3-0 defeat for England.
Bresnan, joined in the ODI squad for the first time by uncapped pair Jos Buttler and Danny Briggs but not by batsman Ian Bell, returned to Dubai this week after resting his bowling arm for three weeks. He was able to bowl on the edge of the square during the lunch interval at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on the final day of the Test series.
Bresnan is part of a 16-man ODI squad, in which the out-of-form Bell - who has 108 caps - is the most notable omission. Fast Bowler James Anderson returns, after being rested for the 5-0 defeat in India in October.
Middle-order batsman Buttler made his international Twenty20 debut last summer against India but is yet to play for England in the 50-over format, and slow left-armer Briggs is uncapped in any format.
Alastair Cook’s ODI team will face England Lions on Friday in Abu Dhabi, in preparation for the four-match series against Pakistan. Stuart Broad will captain a 15-man Twenty20 squad which includes opener Alex Hales for a three-match series against Pakistan here.
An England and Wales Cricket Board press release made it clear Bresnan has yet to satisfy that he is fully fit.
“Tim Bresnan’s inclusion in both squads is subject to a fitness assessment during the preparation period as he continues his recovery following an elbow operation,” it read.
National selector Geoff Miller added: “We have selected two squads that include both experienced international players and younger players who have performed strongly for England Lions in recent months and deserve an opportunity to further test themselves against quality opposition.
“Playing against Pakistan in the UAE will be challenging, but it is important that these players continue to develop their skills so that we are able to make strides in limited-overs cricket, particularly on the subcontinent.”