Monday 19 February 2018

Bresnan set for England return


Tim Bresnan looks certain to return to the England team for the second Test against India at Trent Bridge today after Chris Tremlett failed to complete yesterday's net practice.

With only four frontline bowlers England won't gamble on fitness. India ruled out Zaheer Khan yesterday and Andrew Strauss will probably do the same with Tremlett this morning.

Bresnan last played a Test in January when his 11 wickets in two games played an important role in England retaining the Ashes and winning a series in Australia for the first time in 24 years.

India could replace Zaheer with Munaf Patel, who took nine wickets in India's victory here four years ago.

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Lohan hits top form

to book place in final


TOP seed Sinead Lohan reeled off two wins yesterday to clinch a place in the final of the ITF U-18 Circuit event in Donnnybrook.

The Tramore native first saw off Italy's Georgia Brescia 6-3 2-6 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Grade 5 artificial grass world-ranking tournament and then beat Britain's Ella Taylor 2-6 6-3 6-4.

Helen Clements scored a a 2-6 6-1 6-1 win over the Netherlands' Yvette Van Oyen in the other semi.

Elsewhere, Irish duo James McGee and Amy Bowtell turned in gallant performances in their adult world ranking events.

McGee, ranked at 515, fell to the No 6 seed, Italy's 366-ranked Luca Vanni, 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the second round of the ITF Futures tournament in La Spezia, Italy.

And 722-ranked Bowtell went down 7-5 7-5 to Australia's 484-ranked Bojana Bobusic in the second round of the ITF Circuit event in Chiswick, London.

Irish Independent

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