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Chris Silverwood Places Faith In Uncapped Duo

After been picked up to the England Test squad for the first time, Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson might be in line for their first caps.

15-Man Team

The two have been named in head coach Chris Silverwood’s 15-man team for the two Test series against New Zealand.

Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton, who got the last of his four caps against Australia in September 2019, has also been called up to the Test squad.

Bracey and Robinson

After outstanding early season form in the County Championship, both Bracey and Robinson have earned their spots. So far this season, Bracey has scored 478 Championship runs at an average of53, while Robinson has taken 29 wickets at an average of14, three fewer than Overton, who is the leading wicket-taker in county cricket.

“Having spent all winter and last summer in the company of our established Test players, they (Bracey and Robinson) have immersed themselves in preparing and understanding what it takes to play at this level,” said Silverwood.

“They are both resilient characters and have demonstrated to me, the captain (Joe Root) and coaches that they have the desire, temperament and the ability to continually improve to give themselves every chance of succeeding on the international stage.” he added

Stokes and Archer Will Be Crucial

If England is to reclaim the Ashes, Stokes and Archer will be crucial.
“We need to get this resolved once and for all to give him the best chance of being fully fit as we build up to an intense winter, which will include a T20 World Cup and the Ashes,” said Silverwood.
“We need him firing in all formats of the game.”

“If he continues to improve without any impact on his rehabilitation, we could see him return next month for Durham in the Vitality Blast competition (in June),” said Silverwood.
“We will assess him again towards the end of this month.” he added

The squad will report to their headquarters on Friday, May 28 ahead of the first Test on Wednesday, June 2 at Lord’s.

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