At the new red ball dawn in England, two 23-year-olds won first chance at international fame and second – the two most experienced bowlers of all time, as the team seeks to improve their recently deceased fortunes under the leadership of Brendan McCallum.
New team captain Ben Stokes, comprising 13 men in the first two trials of the three-match series against compatriots McCallum of New Zealand, on the Lord and Trent Bridge next month, includes James Anderson and Stuart Brod. , the first and third respectively in the list of the most limited for all time of England.
They are returning to the squad after being left as part of a team touring the West Indies in March, while England have a long list of missing among the bowlers due to injuries, and recently poisoned food poisoning Olli Robinson is not considered fit for selection.
Harry Brook of Yorkshire, who with 758 runs in eight county championship runs with an average of 151.6 was the outstanding English boat of the English summer so far, receives his first test challenge – he debuted at the T20 in January – along with Matthew of Durham Pott whose current 35 gates are 11 more than any other cauldron in any division.
Rob Key, managing director of English men’s cricket, said the pair had been “awarded for a great start to the county season and deserve the opportunity to qualify at that level”.
Most recently, Potts received 11 goals when Durham defeated Glamorgan last week, releasing the best figures of his career – seven over 40 in second innings. “I don’t usually try to read them too much,” he said after the game reports that he was standing in line for a test call. “It would be a dream to be selected and obviously I’m trying to play test cricket.”
New Zealand won their first World Cup test last year, when they also occasionally overtook England in victories in a two-match test series, and are now third in the rankings, well ahead of the English team in sixth place, but Kee said he is expected to have very tough meetings this year.
“This is the beginning of a new era for our test team led by Ben and Brendan,” he said. “With a combination of youth and experience, we have chosen an exciting team that can compete with New Zealand. It promises to be a mouth-watering series and I can’t wait for the team to start against a very good New Zealand team. This is an exciting prospect for everyone involved in sports in this country. “
The team was chosen by a group of six people, which included Key, McCallum and Stokes, as well as ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat, Chief Intelligence Officer James Taylor and Chief Player Identifier David Court.
England Test Team: Ben Stokes (Durham, Captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Burstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Brod (Nottinghamshire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Zach Crowley (Kent), Ben Fox (Surrey), Jack Leach (Somerset), Alex Lees (Durham), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Potts (Durham), Oli Pope (Saree), Joe Ruth (Yorkshire).