The Test series between England and New Zealand started on June 2, with the first match being played at Lord’s. But on the very first day of this match, the England team got a significant setback.
The team’s spin bowler Jack Leach fell to the ground while stopping the ball, injuring him. And Jack Leach withdraws from the test match due to head injury. In his place, Matt Parkinson has been given a chance to debut in this match.
England confirmed shortly after that leg-spinner Parkinson would travel from Manchester to London to join the squad on Thursday. There was no other spinner in the initial 13-man squad.
Fast bowler Craig Overton and uncapped batsman Harry Brooke were on the bench, and concussion rules require teams to bring in a similar replacement. Keeping this in mind, Parkinson has been included in the team.
Let us tell you that this will be Parkinson’s first match. Before this, he has not played a single Test match, although he has been a part of the previous teams.
Apart from this, he has played nine limited-overs matches. The ECB said that Jack Leach was at risk of a concussion due to a head injury while fielding.
Let us tell you that the new England captain Ben Stokes had said before the start of the Test match that he wants the partner to believe that if something goes wrong, then there will be no black marks in front of our name. It’s about making people believe that we are standing behind your back.
Further, Ben said that this would not happen overnight. But this is a step toward making the English Test team strong and great again. Because of this, I am very emotional. He further said that everyone should feel free under my captaincy.
England bowler Jack Leach has withdrawn from the first Test against New Zealand with concussion and has been replaced by Matt Parkinson 🏏 pic.twitter.com/R8TJozfs6V
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 2, 2022