Jun 17, 2020
Tim Bresnan, the Yorkshire allrounder who helped England to victory on their Ashes tour of Australia in 2010-11, has agreed to leave the club with immediate effect, in a bid to secure first-team opportunities in the final years of his career.
Bresnan, 35, made his Yorkshire debut against Northamptonshire in 2003, and went on to play an integral role in the club’s back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015.
However, he arguably had his finest season the following year, when he was named Yorkshire’s Player of the Year after excelling with bat and ball. His stand-out performance came in the Championship decider against Middlesex at Lord’s, where his unbeaten 142 came close to securing a hat-trick of titles.
In his career to date, he has claimed 557 wickets in 199 first-class matches, and scored 6714 runs at 28.81. In List A games, he has picked up 315 wickets and scoring 3221 runs in 173 appearances.
“I would like to thank Yorkshire for giving me 19 fantastic years and the opportunity when I was younger to kick-start my career,” said Bresnan. “Hopefully with me moving aside, the younger players will get their opportunity to kick-start their careers as well.
“It has given me immense pride to represent the county for the best part of two decades. My Yorkshire cap is one of my proudest possessions. I would also like to thank the Members for their support during my time at Yorkshire.
“I didn’t take this decision lightly but now is the best time to move on. There is still plenty of fire in my belly and I look forward to what the future brings.”
On the international front, Bresnan became a vital part of the England team that not only rose to become the No.1 Test side in the world in 2011, but also claimed England’s first global trophy, the World T20 in the Caribbean in 2010.
From the moment he made his Test debut against West Indies at Lord’s in 2009, Bresnan played a part in 13 Test victories in a row – most notably on the 2010-11 Ashes tour where he came into the side for the fourth Test at Melbourne and helped to bowl Australia out for 98 on the first morning of the match.
In addition to the World T20 win, Bresnan played a part in Perth Scorchers’ Big Bash win in 2017, and later that year claimed 6 for 19 in a T20 Blast win over Lancashire at Headingley, the best T20 bowling figures in the club’s history.
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Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket said: “Everyone at the Club has huge respect for Tim for what he has achieved in his career for Yorkshire and England. He has represented the Club with huge pride and distinction for 19 years.
“His contribution both on and off the field has been immense and we wish him every success for the future.”
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