Eng vs NZ 1st Test: Devon Conway, James Bracey set to make their debut(s) in Lord’s Test

Eng vs NZ 1st Test: Devon Conway, James Bracey set to make their debut(s) in Lord's Test
Eng vs NZ 1st Test: Devon Conway, James Bracey set to make their debut(s) in Lord's Test

Eng vs NZ 1st Test: Devon Conway, James Bracey set to make their debut(s) in Lord’s Test- England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Tuesday confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Devon Conway will be making their debuts in the first Test, beginning Wednesday at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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“Cap number 698. Congratulations @bobbybracey25,” official handle of England Cricket tweeted. Earlier on Tuesday, it was confirmed that pacer Stuart Broad will be the side’s vice-captain for the two-match Test series against New Zealand, beginning Wednesday.

“Our vice-captain for #ENGvNZ. @StuartBroad8,” official handle of England Cricket tweeted.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for Devon. He’s been involved with the team over the last year in the white-ball formats and done extremely well,” Williamson told ESPNCricinfo.

“He’s an experienced player. He’s played a lot of first-class cricket and he gets his opportunity to make his debut at the home of cricket” he added.

Conway had played 3 ODIs and 14 t20Is for New Zealand. He has amassed 225 runs ( at an average of 75) and 473 runs (59+ average in T20Is) in the two formats respectively.

England vs New Zealand Series Squads

England – Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)
Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

New Zealand

Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young

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Eng vs NZ 1st Test: Devon Conway, James Bracey set to make their debut(s) in Lord’s Test

Last week, England men’s cricket team coach Chris Silverwood had called up Kent’s wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings and Nottinghamshire’s top-order batsman Haseeb Hameed for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.

The call-ups came as England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after tearing his left hamstring. Foakes, who was selected in the England men’s squad earlier this month, was set to play his first Test in home conditions next month at Lord’s, but he sustained the injury slipping in the dressing room after Surrey’s County Championship fixture against Middlesex at the Kia Oval.

“He will now be assessed and work closely on his rehabilitation with the Surrey medical team and is expected to be out of action for at least three months,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in an official statement.

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Billings, an established member of England’s white-ball squads, is uncapped as a Test player. On the other hand, Hameed, who has been in impressive form during the 2021 county season, has scored 474 runs at an average of 52.66. He last played Test cricket in November 2016. His three Test caps came against India during England’s winter tour of 2016.

England and New Zealand will be locking horns in two Tests, beginning June 2 at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The second Test between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston will be the first pilot event within the second phase of the government’s world-leading Events Research Programme and have crowds coming in for the June 10 to 14 encounter.
As per a report on edgbaston.com, the stadium will be able to accommodate around 18,000 spectators each day, 70 per cent of total stadium capacity.

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(with ANI inputs)