Jonny Bairstow dropped from England Test squad for New Zealand series
England dropped Jonny Bairstow from their test squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour, with fast bowler James Anderson unavailable for the two-match series due to a calf injury.
Warwickshire opening batsmen Dominic Sibley rewarded for his prolific summer with a spot on the plane alongside Kent batter Zak Crawley and Lancashire couple Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.
Batsmen Jason Roy, who opened the innings in England’s World Cup triumph, is another missing name on the 15-member test team after a complicated series of ashes.
Surrey hitter Ollie Pope, who played two tries against India in 2018, is back on the team, while Jos Buttler will be the wicketkeeper in New Zealand due to Bairstow’s absence.
Bairstow scored only 214 runs in the five ash tests during the English summer with an average of 23.77.
Anderson, England’s leading test player, has been out of action since the first test against Australia.
The first test, at Mount Maunganui, begins on November 21. The series is not included in the new Test Championship.
World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan will captain the Twenty20 team, and the five-match series will begin on November 1.
Tom Banton and Mahmood of Somerset have won their first calls in England after stunning white-ball summers, along with Worcestershire sailor Pat Brown and Lancashire spinner Matthew Parkinson.
Test team: Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, and Matthew Parkinson
Twenty20 Squad: Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Pat Brown, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, and Chris Jordan.