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 South Africa 2021-22

3rd ODI, Cape Town, 23 Jan 2022

SA SA
287/10 & / (49.5 ov)
Ind Ind
283/10 & / (49.2 ov) (Target

South Africa won by 4 runs

Afghanistan v Netherlands in Qatar, 2022

2nd ODI, Doha, 23 Jan 2022

Afgh Afgh
237/6 & / (50. ov)
Neth Neth
189/10 & / (47.4 ov) (Target

Afghanistan won by 48 runs

England tour of West Indies 2022

1st T20I (D/N), Bridgetown, 22 Jan 2022

Eng Eng
103/10 & / (19.4 ov)
WI WI
104/1 & / (17.1 ov) (Target

West Indies won by 9 wickets

India tour of South Africa 2021-22

2nd ODI, Paarl, 21 Jan 2022

Ind Ind
287/6 & / (50. ov)
SA SA
288/3 & / (48.1 ov) (Target

South Africa won by 7 wickets