England Test Team: Veteran pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were on Wednesday included in the England Test squad led by new captain Ben Stokes. Anderson and Broad were dropped for the tour of the West Indies earlier in the year following a 0–4 Ashes defeat in Australia.
Stokes gave another chance
But Anderson and Broad will return to England for next month’s three-Test series against New Zealand that will usher in a new era under the guidance of Stokes and new coach Brendon McCullum. The opening Test of the series against the current Test champions New Zealand will start on June 2 at Lord’s.
Chance for these new players too
The team includes 39-year-old Anderson and 35-year-old Broad, besides two newcomers in Yorkshire batsman Harry Brooke and Durham pacer Matthew Potts. Joe Root, who left the Test captaincy after the series loss against West Indies, was also included in the team. The England cricket team has had a tough time in the past, with Root, coach Chris Silverwood and the director of cricket leaving their posts. Apart from this, the team reached the bottom of the World Test Championship table after losing the last four series and nine out of 14 Tests.
Will be the beginning of a new era
England men’s cricket’s new managing director Rob Key said, “This will be the beginning of a new era in our Test team under the captaincy of Ben Stokes and under the guidance of Brendon McCullum.” He said, ‘Next month for the Test series against New Zealand, we have picked a team which has a mix of young and experienced players.’ England announced on Wednesday that Australian coach Matthew Mott has been appointed on a four-year contract to guide limited overs teams.