Bowling attack leaves Bresnan bullish

09 April 2013 09:14:46 EST

England all-rounder Tim Bresnan believes Yorkshire have the strength in depth to challenge for a commemorative County Championship title.

Bresnan, who is hoping to return from an elbow operation in next week's friendly against Lancashire at Headingley, recognises the need for back-up to the bowling attack if the White Rose county are going to celebrate the club's 150th anniversary in style. Yorkshire are available at 15/8 to win this year's County Championship Division One title.

The 28-year-old has been joined in the jostle for the new ball by former England seamer Liam Plunkett and England Lions fast bowler Jack Brooks. Yorkshire already have Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson, their proven opening combination, who will face Sussex on Wednesday in the opening Division One fixture.

If someone else can do a better job then they get the spot.

Tim Bresnan

Yorkshire are 10/11 to win the clash while Sussex can be backed at 10/11 to come out on top.

"It's an exciting year for us being back in the First Division. We've got our 150-year anniversary as well and we've got probably the best seam attack we've had in my time at Yorkshire," said Bresnan.

"We have some real firepower to call upon and enough seamers to rotate and hopefully we'll be able to rest seamers for different competitions which is the first time I've known that. We should be able to keep everyone fresh that way."

Competition for places at Headingley will also mean no-one is able to rest on their laurels, with Bresnan adding: "If you're not fully fit or firing on all cylinders, there's no reason why you should get picked. If someone else can do a better job then they get the spot."

Yorkshire went unbeaten throughout last season, sealing second place and promotion in the final match against Essex at Chelmsford.

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