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.

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KKR KKR
171/6 & / (20. ov)
CSK CSK
172/8 & / (20. ov) (Target

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Indian Premier League 2021

39th Match (N), Dubai (DSC), 26 Sep 2021

RCB RCB
165/6 & / (20. ov)
MI MI
111/10 & / (18.1 ov) (Target

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36th Match, Abu Dhabi, 25 Sep 2021

DC DC
154/6 & / (20. ov)
RR RR
121/6 & / (20. ov) (Target

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Indian Premier League 2021

37th Match (N), Sharjah, 25 Sep 2021

KXIP KXIP
125/7 & / (20. ov)
SH SH
120/7 & / (20. ov) (Target

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