Dom Bess has been called up as a cover for Jack Leach for the second test against New Zealand.© Twitter
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday confirmed that Dominic Bess has been added to the second test against New Zealand. “Welcome @ DomBess99! Bessy has been added to our team before the second match of the Test series against New Zealand,” England Cricket reported. On Sunday, Bess returned with four baskets to help get a win over Sussex in Yorkshire at a County Hall facility. “The reason for adding Dom is that the cover we need should be with us,” England coach Chris Silverwood told ESPNcricinfo.
“If Jack shows up, we’d need backups for him when it comes to substitutions and things like that. If we’re looking at playing a spinner and if Jack (Leach) is injecting the leader in the game, then we’re going to need someone else there as well. He’s making sure we cover that.” said ESPNcricinfo England coach Chris Silverwood.
“Are we expecting a rotating wicket before that? We’ll see when we get there, but I’m sure we’ve covered all the bases,” he added.
England skipper Joe Root and Dominic Sibley helped the hosts equalize in the first test, scoring New Zealand at 169/6. The two teams will face off in the next test, starting on Thursday.
The Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson was suspended from all international cricket after tweets were published in 2012 and 2013 as a result of a disciplinary investigation.
The ECB said in a statement that Robinson would leave the English camp and return to his county.
Last week, Robinson “apologized” for the “racist and sexist” tweets he posted as a teenager eight years ago.
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