New Zealand tour of England 2021
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Hosts recall spinner Dom Bess as Jack Leach's back-up for Edgbaston Test

08 Jun 2021

A day after the suspension of Ollie Robinson following emergence of his racist and sexist tweets, England have added off-spinner Dom Bess to the squad for the second test versus New Zealand at Edgbaston starting June 10.

Although Jack Leach, England's first-choice spinner, is fit and available, head coach Chris Silverwood said that Bess would provide cover in case of any injury. He pointed out that due to the current Covid-19 protocols, bringing players in the team's bio-bubble from counties becomes difficult.

"If Jack was to feature, we would need back-up for him in terms of concussion replacements and things like that," Silverwood told reporters.

"If we are looking at playing a spinner and Jack were to get injured leading into the game, then we will need someone else there as well. It's making sure we cover that.

"Are we expecting a spinning wicket? We will see when we get there, but I'm making sure we've got every base covered."

England's first Test against New Zealand at Lord's ended in a draw on Sunday. New Zealand declared their 2nd innings with two sessions left on the final day but could manage to take only 3 England wickets. Joe Root's men fell 103 runs short of the 273-run target.

Matches

India tour of England 2022

5th Test, Birmingham, 01-04 July 2022

Ind Ind
416/10 & 245/10 (. ov)
Eng Eng
284/10 & 378/3 (. ov) (Target

England won by 7 wickets

Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2022

2nd T20I, Roseau, 03 July, 2022

WI WI
193/5 & / (20. ov)
Ban Ban
158/6 & / (20. ov) (Target

West Indies won by 35 runs

Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2022

1st T20I, Roseau, 02 July, 2022

Ban Ban
105/8 & / (13. ov)
WI WI
/ & / (. ov) (Target

No result

Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2022

1st Test, Galle, 29 June -03 July, 2022

SL SL
212/10 & 113/10 (. ov)
Aus Aus
313/8 & 10/10 (. ov) (Target 5

Australia won by 10 wickets