Tim Bresnan added to England squad

Tim Bresnan of England poses with the urn in the dressing room after winning the Ashes during day five of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 25, 2013
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Tim Bresnan is added to the England squad for the second Test of the Ashes this week.

Tim Bresnan has been added to England's Ashes squad ahead of the second Test in Adelaide this week and is in serious contention for a starting place.

The seamer, despite suffering a stress fracture of his back in August, had previously travelled with the squad but was not officially part of it during the first Test at the Gabba.

The 28-year-old stayed behind in Brisbane, but marked his comeback for the Performance Programme against Queensland 2nd XI last week with an unbeaten half-century and four first-innings wickets.

While his return to the full squad was expected as a result of his display, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed his official inclusion on Monday.

A statement via the ECB's text service read: "Tim Bresnan has been added to the England Test squad following his recovery from a back injury, and is available for selection."

The second Test gets underway at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday with Australia holding a 1-0 lead.

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