Pietersen won't be missed, says Bresnan
England's Tim Bresnan has echoed the sentiments of teammate Graeme Swann and played down the significance of Kevin Pietersen's absence.
Bresnan claims that England could even benefit from the the South African batsman's omission, due to the quality of the players outside of the squad who are waiting for their chance.
Pietersen was dropped after he failed to disclose the contents of text messages sent to South African players in the days leading up to the upcoming final Test against the Proteas.
Jonny Bairstow has been drafted into the side in place of the ousted 32-year-old, and the Yorkshire youngster will undoubtedly be keen to make an impact as England aim to hold the tourists at bay and retain their spot as the number one-ranked Test side in the world.
Bresnan, meanwhile, was in defiant mood when asked about the hosts' chances of success without the influential Pietersen.
"It may be an even better side. It's one of those things where a talented player is being replaced by another," he said.
"So why should we miss a certain individual because he's unavailable for selection?"
Bresnan's comments come hours after Swann denied that the team would be "weakened" by the loss of Pietersen.