Tim Bresnan, the Yorkshire and England all-rounder, has been awarded a benefit year this season by Yorkshire. Bresnan is a well liked and respected all-rounder for both club and country and deserves this recognition he has been given by the Yorkshire committee.
Pontefract-born Bresnan started his cricketing career in the junior sides at Townville before moving on to Castleford Cricket Club to further his career. Having worked his way up through the Yorkshire ranks he made his senior debut against Northamptonshire in May 2003.
At 29 years of age Bresnan still has plenty more years left in first-class Cricket, if he stays fit and healthy, and has already some very impressive career stats so far.
In 2007 Bresnan enjoyed one of his best County seasons for Yorkshire. In a match against Surrey at The Oval Bresnan scored his maiden first-class century and, along with Jason Gillespie, recorded the highest ninth wicket partnership for Yorkshire.
The partnership of 246 was also the fifth highest ninth wicket stand of all time.
Bresnan has played 23 Tests for England so far, making his debut in 2009, after already becoming a regular One-Day player for his country. In total he has played 84 ODIs for England since 2006.
His career highlight has to be the part he played in England's successful Ashes tour Down Under in 2010/11 when he played a crucial part in the fourth and fifth Tests as England clinched the series 3-1. Bresnan's final wicket in the 4th Test at the MCG clinched The Ashes for England.
In 2010 Bresnan also played a major part in a England winning their first ever World ICC tournament when they best Australia in the World Twenty20 final.
Bresnan's benefit year is going to be full of events for supporters to enjoy. It started with a launch night at The Royal Armouries in Leeds earlier this month and will feature events such as a Twenty20 match, a Golf day, a Clay Pigeon Shoot and a dinner in London. The year will conclude on October 16th with a dinner event in Sheffield.
I am sure Bresnan can count on the full support of the Yorkshire public.
Despite this being a busy year for Bresnan he will hope to perform well for Yorkshire in order to put behind England's dismal winter tours and, at the same time, establish himself in what is bound to be a new look England side.
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