England have added off-spinner Dom Bess in their squad ahead of the second and final Test against New Zealand. The first Test of the series ended in a draw at Lord’s on June 6. Their top performer of the game Ollie Robinson has been dropped from the second Test following his old racial and sexist tweets eight years ago.
Even as the investigation of ECB regarding the matter is in progress, the board suspended him from all international cricket. Bess has supposedly replaced him but it remains to be seen if he will be included in the line-up. England opted for an all-pace attack for the Lord’s Test which more or less didn’t work as New Zealand piled up a big score in the first innings.
They also didn’t have a bowler who can hold one end up to rest the seam bowlers or change the pace of the game. Jack Leach is in the squad and he might make it to the XI. However, this will make their tail long. Robinson batted at eight in the first Test and did very well. If they want to take care of their lower-order, then even Bess might get a nod. As of now, Leach looks likely to play.
Bess reached the team hotel on Sunday evening and will be in managed isolation for 48 hours before joining the squad on June 9, a day before the second Test. Meanwhile, for New Zealand, left-arm pacer Trent Boult is likely to play in the second Test after relaxed quarantine norms in UK.