James Anderson & Stuart Broad recalled by England for New Zealand Tests
England have summoned all-time top goal scorers James Anderson and Stuart Broad in their first two Tests against New Zealand.
Yorkshire batsman Harry Brock, 23, and Durham’s fast bowler Matty Potts get a first call.
The three-game Test series with the world champion will be England’s first since the appointment of Brendan McCullum as the test coach and Ben Stokes as captain.
Lord’s first test began on June 2, followed by a second test at Trent Bridge on June 10. The series ended in Dingley.
New Zealanders from Colum and Stokes were among the panel selected for a 13-member staff, joined by New England CEO Rob Key.
“This is the beginning of a new era for our testing team, led by Ben and Brandon,” Key said.
“We have selected an exciting team to compete with in New Zealand, who are both young and experienced.
“We rewarded Harry Brook and Matty Potts players who started the season great in the county. Also, they deserve a chance to play at that level.”
“This is going to be a coveted series and I cannot wait for the team to face a big team from New Zealand. This is an interesting opportunity for anyone involved in sports in this country.”
Anderson, 39, and Broad, 35, will always return after public support from Stokes and McKee, with a total of 1,177 goals on the test.
England and seven fast players out with an injury, while Ollie Robinson is out with a host of fitness issues. There’s no room for Matt Parkinson of Lancashire.
Also missing is batsman Dan Lawrence, who played the full three-pointer in England’s 1-0 loss to West Indies and is trying to recover from a hamstring injury.
The absence opens opportunities for Bullock, the top-ranked district champion in the Premier League, and Potts, the top scorer in both divisions.
Players at all levels have confirmed that Stokes will finish in sixth place. Former captain Joe Rota fourth, meaning a change in the order of their attacks.
Ollie Pope has a chance to continue his Test career with a third-place finish. It is a position he has never had in first-class cricket. Brook raised Johnny Bairstow to fifth place, with Ben Foakes taking his place.
England are trying to become a track where they have only won once in their last 17 Tests. They have failed to complete any of their last five series.
New Zealand became the Test champions last year, defeating India in the final at Southampton.
The series against the black hats comes in the wake of the fifth manual test against India. It was postponed following the outbreak of Covid 19 at the tourist camp in September.
South Africa will then visit England in the summer for the next three series of tests.