Veteran England Pacers returns for Test series against New Zealand

Veteran England Pacers returns for Test series against New Zealand

Veteran England Pacers returns for Test series against New Zealand
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England has named a 13-man squad for the first two Tests of their ICC World Test Championship series against New Zealand, which begins on June 2 at home.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who had been dropped out of England’s previous team for the West Indies tour, were recalled to the Test side for the three-match series against the World Test Championship winners.

Uncapped Matthew Potts and Harry Brook have been called up for the first time, while Alex Lees, Craig Overton, and Jack Leach have been retained from the West Indies series.

Potts, a right-arm pacer from Durham, is the leading wicket-taker in County Championship Division Two, with 35 wickets at an average of 18.57 in six matches.

Brook, 23, made his T20I debut for England against the West Indies earlier this year.

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On the strength of his outstanding county cricket performance, he has earned a place in the Test team.

With 758 runs at an average of 151.60, the Yorkshire batsman is presently in first place in Division One, with three hundreds and four half-centuries.

The forthcoming Test assignment, according to England Men’s Cricket Managing Director Rob Key, will signal the start of a “new era” under newly recruited head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.

“Under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, our Test team is entering a new era” (McCullum).”

“We have rewarded individuals like Harry Brook and Matty Potts who have had fantastic starts to the County season, and they deserve the opportunity to stake a claim at this level,” he added.

“And we have selected an intriguing side that can compete with New Zealand in next month’s Test series.”

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“I can’t wait for the team to get started against a very excellent New Zealand side in what promises to be an exciting series.”

“For everyone involved with the sport in this country, it’s an exciting potential,” he remarked.

 

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