England usher in new era of Testing with calls for Harry Brook and Matthew Potts | England cricket team
The new dawn of the red ball in England has seen two uncapped 23-year-olds get their first chance at international glory and a second chance given to the country’s two most experienced bowlers, as the team look to improve their fortunes recently moribund under the direction of Brendon McCullum.
As widely watched by new team captain Ben Stokes, the 13-man squad for the first two Tests of a three-game series against fellow New Zealanders McCullum at Lord’s and Trent Bridge next month , includes both James Anderson and Stuart Broad. , respectively first and third on England’s most capped list of all time.
They return to the fold after being left out of the squad that visited the West Indies in March, and with England men’s cricket general manager Rob Key promising to end the previous policy of regularly resting senior bowlers in an attempt to manage their workload. “I think we’re just going to pick the best team we can to try to win the game,” Key said. “I think we’ll try to make the most of them while we still have them.”
Yorkshire’s Harry Brook, who with 758 runs in eight County Championship innings at an average of 151.6 has been the outstanding national batsman of the English summer so far, gets his first Test call – he made his Twenty20 debut in January – alongside Matthew of Durham Potts, whose current run of 35 wickets is 11 more than any other bowler in both divisions.
Key said the pair had been “rewarded for an outstanding start to the county season and deserved an opportunity to make a claim at this level”. Brook could find his way to the starting XI blocked by Jonny Bairstow, who hasn’t played a top class game since the end of the West Indies tour and currently plays T20 cricket for the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, but will come back if he is in good shape. at No. 5. Potts’ path, however, was cleared by a series of injuries among international bowlers.
Ollie Robinson, who after a series of ailments was recently hit with food poisoning, is left out of the squad due to a lack of cricket, joining Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Fisher on the sidelines. “It’s definitely a concern and trying to figure out why it’s happening is something we need to look into,” Key said. “But I like the look of Matt Potts. I think actually they have all the data and stuff over the last few years but it’s a reflection of history whereas this year I’m pretty excited about what it offers. We see it as a point of difference.
New Zealand won the inaugural Test World Championship last year, while they also outclassed England at times by winning a two-game Test series, and currently sit third in the Test standings, well ahead of England’s sixth team, but Key said he expects this year’s meetings to be tightly contested.
“It’s the start of a new era for our test team under the leadership of Ben and Brendon,” he said. “With a mix of youth and experience, we have selected an exciting team that can compete with New Zealand. It promises to be an exciting series, and I can’t wait for the team to start against a very good side. This is a fascinating prospect for anyone connected with the sport in this country.
The team was selected by Key, McCullum and Stokes, with input from others including England and Wales. locust Board performance director Mo Bobat, head scout James Taylor and player identification manager David Court.
England Test Team: Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Jack Leach (Somerset), Alex Lees (Durham), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Potts (Durham), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire).
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