Eng vs NZ 2021 – Chris Silverwood happy that buck stops with him as long road to Ashes begins

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Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach, says he is comfortable that the buck now stops with him, after unveiling a 15-man squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand next month – his first since being named as the new supremo of the ECB’s selection process, following the end of Ed Smith’s three-year tenure as national selector last month.

Silverwood’s squad includes two uncapped players in James Bracey and Ollie Robinson, and a recall for Somerset’s Craig Overton, but it will be missing both Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer due to injury, as well as the contingent of multi-format players – Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow among them – who flew home from India earlier this month following the postponement of the IPL.

However, with England’s busy schedule in 2021 including a five-Test series against India and culminating in an Ashes campaign in Australia, Silverwood has called on the players at his disposal to seize their opportunities in the absence of their more established colleagues, and ensure that England travel Down Under in November with a squad that is brimming with both confidence and experience.