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    England's Tim Bresnan off to USA for surgery

    The allrounder faces a race against time to be fit for the Ashes after being withdrawn from the squad in New Zealand.

    London: England allrounder Tim Bresnan's participation in the Ashes is shrouded in doubt after it was revealed on Thursday that he will fly to the USA in the next fortnight for elbow surgery. It will be the second operation that Bresnan, 27, will undergo in 14 months following surgery in December 2011.

    The news is a setback for Bresnan, who in recent times has struggled with the ball. During the tour of England he was far from full pace and was hopeless during the first Test at Ahmedabad in November. He failed to take a wicket in the two Tests he played in India but did manage a four-wicket haul in the final ODI at Dharamsala. Bresnan aggravated his right elbow during the tour and was ruled out of the ongoing trip to New Zealand as he sought medical advice.

    Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale confirmed the news to the Guardian. "He's going out to America in the next week or so, and he'll be there for a week or two to have an operation and then some rehab on his elbow," he was quoted as saying. "He might then come to Barbados [on Yorkshire's pre-season tour] or he might not. But he's certainly going to have to prove his fitness if he's going to get back in the England side for that first Test match. Hopefully we will see a bit of him early in the season. That will be a bonus."

    England's next assignment following the end of the New Zealand tour is a two-Test return series at home against the same opposition and then the ICC Champions Trophy. Later in the year the first of back-to-back Ashes series begins.