Giles impressed with Bresnan

Ashley Giles praised the England Performance Programme bowlers after the Tim Bresnan-inspired attack knocked over Queensland Second XI for just 156.

After the tourists declared overnight on 376 for nine, the EPP bowlers got straight to work with Bresnan the pick of the bunch with 4-31 from 10 overs.

Chris Jordan also shone with the new ball, taking 2-28, while Tymal Mills collected 3-17 from four overs. Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs took the other wicket to fall.

Broad: England must come back

Over a week in advance, Stuart Broad has highlighted the importance of England bouncing back in the first hour of the next Ashes Test.

Broad was England’s outstanding performer in the opening defeat at Brisbane and will be aiming to add to his eight series wickets when the rivals lock horns again in Adelaide next week.

Before then, the tourists face a Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI on Friday and Saturday at Alice Springs, near to where Broad spoke to the media today during a visit to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock.

Bresnan included in EPP side

Tim Bresnan will make his comeback from injury during England Performance Programme’s clash with a Queensland Second XI this week.

Tim Bresnan will be looking to prove his fitness for the EPP in Queensland this weekThe Yorkshire seamer has not played competitive cricket since the fourth Test of the summer’s Investec Ashes series, when he took three wickets and scored 57 runs during England’s defeat of Australia at the Emirates Durham ICG in August.

County schedule for 2014 announced

ECB listened to the fans to make some key scheduling changes to domestic cricket

ECB today announced the new county fixture schedule for 2014 which will include regular Friday and Sunday start dates for the T20 and four-day competitions respectively, the advent of the new Royal London One-Day Cup and a new name and sponsor for the domestic T20 competition – the NatWest T20 Blast.

Broad returns to top 10

Stuart Broad has moved back into the top 10 in the Test bowling rankings following the Ashes opener at Brisbane.

The 27-year-old paceman was England’s biggest mover as he jumped four places to seventh after returning figures of 6-81 and 2-55 at the Gabba, while Chris Tremlett made a return to the bowling rankings in 32nd place.

Stuart Broad is applauded off after his first-innings 6-81 that helped him return to the top 10 of the Test bowling rankings

Mitchell Johnson, the star of Australia’s 381-run win, climbed back into the top 20 following impressive returns of 4-61 and 5-42, for which he was rewarded with a move of four places to 19th.