Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

England recall Broad, Anderson for New Zealand Tests

England cricket chiefs say they are determined to wring the maximum out of leading wicket-takers James Anderson and Stuart Broad after recalling the veteran pair to face New Zealand.

The pacemen were controversially left out of the squad for the recent Test series in the Caribbean, which England lost 1-0, hot on the heels of a humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.

But the bowlers, with a combined age of 74, were Wednesday named in a 13-man squad for the first two Tests of the three-match series, which starts at Lord's on June 2.

New captain Ben Stokes has already indicated that he wants Anderson and Broad -- who have taken nearly 1,200 Test wickets between them -- in his team.

Jack Leach was selected as the lone specialist spinner ahead of a series that pits England, currently bottom of the World Test Championship table, against title-holders New Zealand.

England squad: Ben Stokes (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wkt), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope and Joe Root.