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Matthew Potts will make his England debut against New Zealand at Lord’s; Stuart Broad and James Anderson return | Cricket News

Matthew Potts will make his England debut against New Zealand at Lord’s; Stuart Broad and James Anderson return | Cricket News

Matthew Potts will make his test debut at Lord’s; first game under new head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes; Stuart Broad and James Anderson recalled; watch England v New Zealand live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 10am on Thursday

Last update: 01/06/22 09:27

Matthew Potts has been named in the England Test XI to face New Zealand

Matthew Potts has been named in the England Test XI to face New Zealand

Durham dressmaker Matthew Potts will make his England debut against New Zealand at Lord’s on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson are also recalled as England seek a winning start under head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.

Zak Crawley and Alex Lees are retained as openers as Ollie Pope returns to the side and receives a promotion to No. 3, while Joe Root is back in his favorite spot of No. 4.

Jonny Bairstow, meanwhile, is at No.5 following Stokes’ decision to retire at No.6. Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes completes the top seven.

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Potts is the County Championship’s leading wicket-taker this season, with 35 scalps at an average of 18.57 in his first six games.

He’s included ahead of Craig Overton, with Harry Brook the other player on the 13-man squad to miss.

Matt Floyd discusses Brendon McCullum's England first team ahead of their test against New Zealand on Thursday, live on Sky Sports

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Matt Floyd discusses Brendon McCullum’s England first team ahead of their test against New Zealand on Thursday, live on Sky Sports

Matt Floyd discusses Brendon McCullum’s England first team ahead of their test against New Zealand on Thursday, live on Sky Sports

Anderson, 39, and Broad, 35, were dropped for the recent West Indies tour but are returning at first request under the new coach and captain.

England are without many pace bowlers through injury, with Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Fisher among those ruled out.

A look back at some of the most memorable moments between England and New Zealand.

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A look back at some of the most memorable moments between England and New Zealand.

A look back at some of the most memorable moments between England and New Zealand.

England XI for first LV= Insurance Test against New Zealand

1. Zak Crawley (Kent)
2. Alex Lees (Durham)
3. Ollie Pope (Surrey)
4. Joe Root (Yorkshire)
5. Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
6. Ben Stokes (Durham) captain
7. Ben Foakes (Surrey) wicketkeeper
8. Matthew Potts (Durham)
9. Jack Leach (Somerset)
10. Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
11. James Anderson (Lancashire)

Atherton: McCullum, Stokes effect could inspire immediate uprising

With only one debutant in his first Test squad, former England captain Michael Atherton said sky sports it’s understandable that McCullum doesn’t want to “rip it all up” just yet.

“He [McCullum] don’t know enough about English cricket yet,” said Atherton.

“It will take him some time to get his feet under the table, to get an idea of ​​the players who are around the squad at the moment and also who are waiting in the wings.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad says he is fully focused ahead of the first Test against New Zealand and is approaching the match as if making his Test debut.

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England fast bowler Stuart Broad says he is fully focused ahead of the first Test against New Zealand and is approaching the match as if making his Test debut.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad says he is fully focused ahead of the first Test against New Zealand and is approaching the match as if making his Test debut.

“You wouldn’t expect to see dramatic changes at the start, but there could be a bit more clarity of direction from the top.

“Obviously you expect an England team led by Stokes and McCullum to play a certain way, and usually when there’s a change of management – captain, manager, whatever – teams get a initial and automatic improvement in performance.”

On the style of play fans can expect from the new England Test team partnership, Atherton added: “I think everyone is hoping England can play cricket in a smart way. , effective and ultimately winning.

Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain says England need to come to the table early to win games and not just rely on the individual genius of Ben Stokes and Joe Root.

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Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain says England need to come to the table early to win games and not just rely on the individual genius of Ben Stokes and Joe Root.

Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain says England need to come to the table early to win games and not just rely on the individual genius of Ben Stokes and Joe Root.

“There will be times when you have to face the game, put your foot down and chase the opposition, and there will be times when you will be a bit behind and have to attack, endure.

“McCullum was a brilliant cricketer, and he was one type – on the aggressive side, both as a captain and a player – but he was also someone who could play the long game too.

“He was a very smart and efficient cricketer, and I think that’s what he hopes for most from his team.”

Watch England take on New Zealand in the first Test, from Lord’s, live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event from 10am Thursday.


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