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Tim Bresnan is to play for Yorkshire in a friendly against Lancashire this week

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England seamer Tim Bresnan will return to action this week when Yorkshire face Lancashire in a three-day friendly, which gets underway on Tuesday.

And Bresnan's fellow England international Joe Root will also be in action at Headingley, as part of a 13-man squad who will all see some action in the match.

Bresnan, 28, was a part of the England side who claimed a famous Test series victory in India before Christmas but has not played since the fifth one-day international against the same opposition at the end of January.

He subsequently had elbow surgery and had to miss the tour of New Zealand but is now fit again after extensive rehabilitation work.

Bresnan said: "It has been a while since I played but I'm feeling good and looking forward to playing against Lancashire.

"I have been bowling in the nets and the elbow has responded well. I feel I'm getting back to my best.

"For me it is now about playing as much cricket as possible, with a view to playing well for Yorkshire and ultimately breaking back into the England team."

Key practice time

Regarding the friendly, Yorkshire's first team coach Jason Gillespie said: "Both clubs have agreed that they want to use the next three days as key practice in the middle.

"We will use all 13 players at some stage throughout the game and Lancashire will do the same with their squad.

"Joe Root will play his first Yorkshire game of the season and I hope he gets plenty of time in the middle and forms a strong partnership with Adam Lyth."

Yorkshire's County Championship campaign got off to bad start last week as Sussex thrashed them by an innings and 12 runs.