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Team selector: Pick your England Test XI to face New Zealand

Team selector: England announced their XI for the three-match Test series against New Zealand next month, and you can pick your team for the first game here.

England will play their first Test series under new skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum when they lock horns with New Zealand from June 2. The series will be a part if the ICC World Test Championship.

England have given Test recalls to James Anderson and Stuart Broad after the duo was left out from the tour to the Caribbean following a 0-4 2021/22 Ashes defeat. The selectors have also given maiden Test call-ups to Harry Brook and Matthew Potts, having both impressed in the ongoing County Championship. While Brook is the leading run-scorer from Division One, with 758 runs at an average of 151.60, Durham’s Potts has 35 scalps with four five-fors, with best figures of 7-40.

Matthew Fisher, Matthew Parkinson, Pillie Robinson and Dan Lawrence have not been selected for the series, after being picked for the West Indies tour, while Saqib Mahmood, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were not picked due to respective injuries.

England have not won a single series in their last five attempts, and have registered just one win in the last 17 Test matches. The poor string of results led to the sacking of head coach Chris Silverwood, who has now taken on the role with Sri Lanka. Joe Root gave up his role as Test captain too, with Ben Stokes replacing him at the helm. McCullum was drafted earlier this month as the head coach of the Test side.

Engalnd squad for the New Zealand Test series: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Joe Root

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

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Batters

  • Harry Brook
  • Zak Crawley
  • Ollie Pope
  • Joe Root
  • Alex Lees

Wicketkeepers

  • Ben Foakes
  • Jonny Bairstow

All-rounders

  • Craig Overton
  • Ben Stokes

Bowlers

  • James Anderson
  • Stuart Broad
  • Jack Leach
  • Matthew Potts

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