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

New Zealand tour of England 2021

2nd Test, Birmingham, 10-13 Jun 2021

Eng Eng
303/10 & 122/10 (. ov)
NZ NZ
388/10 & 41/2 (. ov) (Target 38

New Zealand won by 8 wickets

South Africa tour of West Indies 2021

1st Test, Gros Islet,10-12 Jun 2021

WI WI
97/10 & 162/10 (. ov)
SA SA
322/10 & / (. ov) (Target

South Africa won by an innings and 63 runs

Ireland tour of Netherlands 2021

3rd ODI, Utrecht, Jun 7 2021

Ire Ire
163/10 & / (49.2 ov)
Neth Neth
166/6 & / (45.5 ov) (Target

Netherlands won by 4 wickets

New Zealand tour of England 2021

1st Test, London, 02-06 Jun 2021

NZ NZ
378/10 & 169/6 dec (. ov)
Eng Eng
275/10 & 170/3 (. ov) (Target 273

Match drawn