England v New Zealand: Hosts name unchanged squad for second Test
England v New Zealand: Ian Bell has recovered from tonsillitis in time to be included in the hosts' squad for second Test
Ian Bell has recovered from tonsillitis in time to be included in England’s unchanged 12-man squad for the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley, which starts on Friday.
Alastair Cook’s side drew first blood in the two-match series as they bowled the Black Caps out for just 68 on day four at Lord’s to clinch a 170-run first-Test win.
Despite the considerable margin of victory, the hosts didn’t have it all their own way as the Kiwis enjoyed the first three days before collapsing on Sunday, as Stuart Broad and James Anderson tore through their batting order.
And, England may consider making a change for the second match at Headingley, with Tim Bresnan being tipped to replace the ineffective Steven Finn. The Yorkshire bowler would strengthen the lower order considerably as well as giving the bowling attack another dimension on his home ground.
With Bell declared fit, the batting order will remain the same despite a poor performance at the Home of Cricket.
Opener Nick Compton will be feeling the pressure as his place comes under scrutiny while Jonny Bairstow will be hoping to show why his position in the middle-order is merited.
“It was pleasing to start the international summer with a win over New Zealand in the first Test and I thought the team showed a lot of fighting spirit when under pressure to set up the victory,” said national selector Geoff Miller.
“We are aware that there are still areas that we need to improve on and the players and coaches will be working hard ahead of the second Test to ensure we continue to get better as a side.
“New Zealand showed again that they are a dangerous side and we know we will need to produce another strong performance this week to secure a series victory.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand have called Daniel Vettori into their squad for the second Test after Bruce Martin was ruled out of the remainder of the tour with a calf injury.
England squad for second Test v New Zealand
Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Nick Compton (Somerset), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).