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Jack and Craig named in England Men's Test Squad

Jack Leach and Craig Overton have been named in the England Men’s Test Squad for the LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand.

England Men’s selection panel have named a 13-strong squad for the first two Test matches of the summer against The Black Caps starting at Lord’s on June 2nd.

Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Durham seamer Matthew Potts are called up for the first time.

Craig has been in exceptional form this season, taking 22 wickets in four County Championship matches at an average of 16.63 with a best of 13 for 87 against Warwickshire.

Jack has also caught the eye in 2022 and finished with figures of eight for 90 in Somerset’s last LV= Insurance County Championship match against Gloucestershire.

Harry Brook has been the standout batsman in Division one of the LV= Insurance County Championship. The 23-year-old, who made his England T20 debut in January in the Caribbean, has scored 758 runs at an average of 151.60, including three centuries and four half-centuries for the white rose county during the summer campaign.

The 23-year-old Potts has been in impressive form in the LV= Insurance County Championship. He is the season’s leading bowler, with 35 wickets and four five-wicket hauls, including his most recent return of seven for 40 in Durham’s win over Glamorgan.

The seam duo of Lancashire’s James Anderson and Nottinghamshire’s Stuart Broad return to the squad for the first time since the Australia Test series earlier this winter.

Squad in full:

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)

Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said: “This is the start of a new era for our Test team under the stewardship of Ben (Stokes) and Brendon (McCullum). With a blend of youth and experience, we have selected an exciting squad that can compete with New Zealand in next month’s Test series.

“We have rewarded players in Harry Brook and Matty Potts who have had outstanding starts to the County season, and they deserve the opportunity to stake a claim at this level.

“It promises to be a mouthwatering series, and I can’t wait for the team to start against a very good New Zealand side. It is a fascinating prospect for everyone connected with the sport in this country.”

The three-match Test series forms part of the ICC World Test Championship. The England team will be looking to climb the rankings after a disappointing start to the second edition of the Championship. At the end of the two-year cycle, the top two teams will compete in the ICC World Test Championship Final due to be staged in the summer of 2023.

The squad will come together for the first time next week in a camp before reporting to London on May 29th ahead of the first Test on the June 2nd.

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