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Kent stars named in England squads

Monday 23rd September 2019

Men’s First Team

Kent stars Zak Crawley and Joe Denly have been named in England’s Test squad to play New Zealand in a two-match away Test series, whilst Kent captain Sam Billings is included alongside Denly for England’s five-match IT20 series against the Black Caps.

England’s National Cricket Selectors have named a 15-strong squad for the IT20 series in New Zealand, starting 1st November, and a 15-man squad for the two-match Test series against the Black Caps, starting 21st November.

England IT20 squad

  • Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) captain
  • Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
  • Tom Banton (Somerset)
  • Sam Billings (Kent)
  • Pat Brown (Worcestershire)
  • Sam Curran (Surrey)
  • Tom Curran (Surrey)
  • Joe Denly (Kent)
  • Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
  • Chris Jordan (Sussex)
  • Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
  • Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
  • Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)
  • Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
  • James Vince (Hampshire)

Eoin Morgan returns as captain after a memorable summer, where he led England to ICC Men’s World Cup glory in July.

Tom Banton and Saqib Mahmood earn their first England call-ups after standout white-ball summers. Banton hit 549 runs for Somerset in the Vitality Blast – second most in the tournament behind teammate Babar Azam, while Lancashire’s Mahmood added eight T20 wickets to his competition-leading 28 in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Worcestershire seamer Pat Brown and Lancashire spinner Matthew Parkinson also receive their first call-ups.

England Test squad

  • Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain
  • Jofra Archer (Sussex)
  • Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
  • Rory Burns (Surrey)
  • Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
  • Zak Crawley (Kent)
  • Sam Curran (Surrey)
  • Joe Denly (Kent)
  • Jack Leach (Somerset)
  • Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
  • Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire)
  • Ollie Pope (Surrey)
  • Dominic Sibley (Warwickshire)
  • Ben Stokes (Durham)
  • Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Warwickshire opener Dominic Sibley is rewarded for his remarkable summer with a first England call-up. The 24-year-old had accumulated 1,324 Specsavers County Championship runs going into the final round of fixtures, including an unbeaten double century and another century in the second innings against Nottinghamshire last week.

Kent’s Zak Crawley is also included after a promising summer at the top of the order for Kent, averaging 34.16 opening the batting.

Lancashire duo Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson also receive call-ups.

James Anderson was unavailable for selection in the Test squad as he continues his rehabilitation from a calf injury. The Lancashire seamer will work towards being available for the South Africa tour later this winter.

The two Tests against New Zealand do not form part of the ICC World Test Championship.

England tour of New Zealand 2019

Sun 27 Oct: T20 warm-up match – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

Tue 29 Oct: T20 warm-up match – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

Fri 1 Nov: 1st IT20 v New Zealand – Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Sun 3 Nov: 2nd IT20 v New Zealand – Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Tue 5 Nov: 3rd IT20 v New Zealand – Saxton Oval, Nelson

Fri 8 Nov: 4th IT20 v New Zealand – McLean Park, Napier

Sun 10 Nov: 5th IT20 v New Zealand – Eden Park, Auckland

Tue 12 Nov: Two-day warm-up match – Cobham Oval, Whangarei

Fri 15 Nov-Sun 17 Nov: Three-day warm-up match – Cobham Oval, Whangarei

Thu 21 Nov-Mon 25 Nov: 1st Test v New Zealand – Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui

Fri 29 Nov-Tue 3 Dec: 2nd Test v New Zealand – Seddon Park, Hamilton