Bresnan's batting back in focus

11 April 2018 03:50:41 EST

Former England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has got to the bottom of his recent batting struggles - he couldn't see the ball properly.

This summer Yorkshire's vice-captain will revert to wearing contact lenses after he followed 722 County Championship runs from 11 matches in 2016 with just 284 in the same number of Division One appearances in 2017.

"My batting has been an important part of my game for a number of years now," he said. "There have been some match-winning and match-saving innings and I need to keep that going.

"I didn't particularly play at all well last year. I was a bit out of nick and the ball kept disappearing from my sight. I've figured that out, though. I've got contact lenses now.

"I had laser eye surgery about eight or nine years ago, but it can wear off. So I've got some contacts because I couldn't see properly.

"I thought I was horrendously out of nick, but I just couldn't see the ball. I'm seeing it a lot better now."

Yorkshire begin their campaign by hosting champions Essex at Headingley this Friday, but will be without David Willey after he joined Chennai Super Kings at the Indian Premier League.

Liam Plunkett is also at the IPL after taking a deal with the Delhi Daredevils, but would not have been considered for four-day cricket at this stage as he recovers from his latest hamstring problem.

Yorkshire are available at 25/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Lancashire 33/1 and Nottinghamshire 11/2.

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