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Veteran pacers return as England announce squad for first two New Zealand Tests

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England have announced a 13-member squad for the first two Tests of their upcoming ICC World Test Championship assignment at home against New Zealand, starting 2 June.

The veteran pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who had been left out of the previous squad travelling to West Indies, made a return to England's Test side for the three-match series against the reigning World Test Championship winners.

Uncapped Matthew Potts and Harry Brook have earned maiden call-ups while Alex Lees, Craig Overton and Jack Leach, who were a part of the West Indies series, have retained their spots. 

Durham's Potts, a right-arm pacer, is the leading wicket-taker in County Championship Division Two with 35 wickets in six matches, averaging 18.57.

The 23-year-old Brook made his T20I debut for England earlier this year against West Indies. He's earned his spot in the Test side on the back of his impressive county cricket performance. The Yorkshire batter is currently leading Division One's run-getters chart with 758 runs at an average of 151.60, including three centuries and four half-centuries.

Rob Key, the Managing Director for England Men's Cricket, said the upcoming Test assignment will mark the beginning of a "new era" under the newly appointed head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes. 

"This is the start of a new era for our Test team under the stewardship of Ben (Stokes) and Brendon (McCullum). With a blend of youth and experience, we have selected an exciting squad that can compete with New Zealand in next month's Test series.

"We have rewarded players in Harry Brook and Matty Potts who have had outstanding starts to the County season, and they deserve the opportunity to stake a claim at this level," he added.

"It promises to be a mouthwatering series, and I can't wait for the team to start against a very good New Zealand side. It is a fascinating prospect for everyone connected with the sport in this country."

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Squad: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Joe Root.


1st Test: 2-6 June, Lord's, London
2nd Test:
10-14 June, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
3rd Test: 23-27 June, Headingley, Leeds

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