Eng vs NZ 2021 – James Bracey, Ollie Robinson in line for Test debuts as England name 15-man squad


James Bracey, the Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batter, and Ollie Robinson, the Sussex seamer, are in line for Test debuts against New Zealand next month, after being named in England’s 15-man squad for the two-match series against New Zealand, starting at Lord’s on June 2.

Both players have been rewarded for their patience in travelling as reserves during England’s bio-secures campaigns during the Covid pandemic, as well as for their impressive starts to the county season. Bracey has scored 478 runs at 53.11 to help lift Gloucestershire to the top of the County Championship Group 2 standings, while Robinson has taken 29 wickets at 14.72 for Sussex, including a career-best haul of 9 for 78 against Glamorgan.

There is also a recall for Somerset’s seam-bowling allrounder Craig Overton, who played the most recent of his four Tests against Australia in the 2019 Ashes. He too has been in fine form this summer with 32 wickets at 13.96, including five-fors in each of his last three outings.