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Team selector: Pick your England XI for the first Test against New Zealand

Team Selector: Pick Your England XI For The First Test Against New Zealand
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

England have announced a 15-strong squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand, and with our team selector, you can let the world know what your preferred XI is for the series.

The squad contains few surprises and is largely as expected, but there are still several questions around the final make-up of the England Test XI. England will have to fit four into three in the top order, with Rory Burns dropped in India and yet to make a century this season, and Dom Sibley returning from injury.

Zak Crawley is also without a ton for Kent this year, while Gloucestershire’s James Bracey is the coming man, and could bat at No.3. If England stick with their tried and tested top three, he will provide competition to Ben Foakes with the gloves.

In England’s middle order, Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence could both play, but England might be faced with a tough choice if they choose to play five bowlers. However, if they go with four bowlers, then they will have to figure out whether one of them should be a spinner, Jack Leach, or if four quicks can do the job.

Six seamers have been included in the squad, and can be separated into three sets of two: Stuart Broad and James Anderson are the mainstays, Olly Stone and Mark Wood the speedsters, and Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton the county cricket tear-ups.

The full England squad for the New Zealand Tests is as follows: Joe Root (c), James Bracey, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton.

Pick your XI for the first England-New Zealand Test here.

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