England Cricket Board has announced a 15-man squad for the two-match Test series against New Zealand set to undergo on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the Lord’s stadium. READ MORE Cricket Australia announce a packed summer schedule for 2021/22 season
England will miss their main guy Ben Stokes, who suffered an injury during the now-suspended 14th edition of the Indian Premier League last month. The 29-year old injured his finger during the Royals’ IPL 2021 season-opening match against Punjab Kings. Ben offended his finger when he dived to take Chris Gayle’s catch. However, Stokes battled pain and walked out to bat in their chase of 222 runs which they eventually lost by 4 runs on the last ball.
On the other note, Jofra Archer is also excluded whose elbow injury has resurfaced after participating for Sussex in the County Championship.
Playing New Zealand, India is the perfect preparation for Ashes: Chris Silverwood
England’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, believes it will be a big help for England in context of the upcoming Ashes series.
“The summer of Test cricket will be fascinating. Playing the top two teams in the world, in New Zealand and India, is perfect preparation for us as we continue to improve and progress towards an Ashes series in Australia at the back end of the year.’
“With several players not available through injury or being rested for the New Zealand series, it is an opportunity for us to reward those who have been on the fringes of England squads over the past 12 months.
“James Bracey and Ollie Robinson deserve their call ups to the Test squad. They have been consistent performers in the County Championship this season and over the past 18 months, have excelled for the Lions on the field and in the various camps, they have been involved in.” says the head coach.
Bracey is pure left handy batsman while Ollie Robinson is an Right arm medium faster.
“Having spent all winter and last summer in the company of our established Test players, they have immersed themselves in preparing and understanding what it takes to play at this level.”
“The environment and culture will be something they are used to, and should they be in a position to make their Test debuts, they will be ready to showcase their skills.”
“They are both resilient characters and have demonstrated to me, the captain and coaches that they have the desire, temperament and the ability to continually improve to give themselves every chance of succeeding on the international stage.” Chris Silverwood stated.
🏴 James Bracey and Ollie Robinson get their maiden Test call-ups as England name a 15-man squad for their two-Test series against New Zealand, beginning 2 June.#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/2Ffx01TFmq
— ICC (@ICC) May 18, 2021