Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Joe Root have been named in England’s 12-man squad to face New Zealand in the Investec 1st Test Match at Lord’s commencing on Thursday.
Bairstow and Root have been in action for the England Lions this week, whilst Bresnan continues his impressive form for Yorkshire following elbow surgery taking 4 for 76 against Somerset in the LV= County Championship, which ended in a draw at Headingley on Friday.
Batting sensation Root, who is captaining the Lions against the tourists, is the form batsman in the country. Having already passed 500 first-class runs for the season, he notched up his third successive century scoring 105 not out yesterday at Leicester adding to his match-winning innings of 236 against Derbyshire and 182 at the Riverside versus Durham in the Championship, is set to continue his rapid rise on the international scene and play his first-ever Test on home soil; at the Home of Cricket.
Bairstow is also showing why he is one of the country’s most destructive batsman, and is set to take over from the injured Kevin Pietersen in England’s middle-order. He was in imperious form in the Championship victory for the White Rose over Derbyshire a week ago where he hit a magnificent 186 hitting 21 boundaries and four maximums.
Geoff Miller, National Selector, said: “We are anticipating another very competitive series against New Zealand and know that we will need to improve significantly on our performances in the recent Test series against them if we are to start the international summer on a positive note. This series provides a good opportunity for the players to show that they have learnt from the experiences over the winter.
“Both Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan have worked hard to regain fitness following elbow surgery and have demonstrated through their performances for their counties that they are ready for the challenge of international cricket.”
England squad – 1st Investec Test
Alastair Cook (Essex) (Captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Nick Compton (Somerset)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
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