The Test squad was announced yesterday and some players got maiden call ups
Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was dropped from the England Cricket Team’s Test squad for the New Zealand tour. It will begin on October 27 and the Test matches will commence on November 21. Despite Bairstow being dropped from the squad, he still remains in the T20I squad.
'This feels like an opportunity for Jonny to reset', England national selector Ed Smith said. 'I think he'll come back stronger from this. He does drop out of the Test squad for these two Tests in New Zealand, which are not part of the World Test Championship, and I predict he'll come back stronger for having had a bit of time away from the Test set-up'.
Bairstow played 69 Test matches. He averaged 20.25 in Tests this year. ‘With Jonny, someone who averages 50 in first-class cricket, non-Test match cricket, they are exceptional numbers. But I think what we've seen recently in an England shirt is not a reflection of what he can do’, Smith also said.
The Test squad was announced on Monday, September 23. There are players who earned maiden call-ups like openers Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley. Lancashire’s fast bowlers Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson are also named in the squad. Batsman Ollie Pope also got a recall to join the team.
Joe Root will be the captain of the Test squad. He recently served as the captain of the England Cricket Team for the Ashes 2019. The series ended with a draw at The Oval last week.
Jonny Bairstow made his Test debut in 2012 during the West Indies. The latest Test match he played was on September 12, the final Ashes Test against Australia. To know more about Test cricket, read the page on Betwala.
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