Injured Bresnan is heading home

All-rounder Tim Bresnan will miss the remainder of England's one-day international series against Australia due to a calf injury.

Bresnan suffered the complaint during the 46-run defeat in Hobart on Friday when he was forced to bat with a runner.

Scans on the injury yesterday revealed the Yorkshireman had torn the muscle and he will return to England to begin his recovery ahead of next month's World Cup.

Bresnan is expected to be fit for England's first game against Holland on February 22.

In his absence Steven Finn will remain in Australia as cover instead of joining the England Lions on their tour of the Caribbean.

Bresnan's injury comes as another blow to England's bowling ranks with front-liners Stuart Broad (stomach), Graeme Swann (knee) and Jimmy Anderson (rested) all out of action, while batsman Kevin Pietersen missed yesterday's third game in Sydney due to a groin injury.

All are expected to return before the World Cup though with Anderson set to return for Wednesday's fourth match in Adelaide after completing his scheduled rest.

Swann is likely to miss at least another week with a knee injury he picked up during the Twenty20 internationals while Broad has rejoined the squad in Australia to complete his recovery from the injury he sustained in the second Ashes Test.

The right-armer is not, however, expected to be fit to play until the World Cup warm-up games in the sub-continent.