England’s Test bowling options – will Lewis Gregory and Dom Bess tour New Zealand?


James Anderson, Mark Wood and Olly Stone are nursing injuries.

Moeen Ali is currently taking a break from Test cricket.
Adil Rashid hasn’t played any game since the World Cup or with a red-ball game since January final in July and includes a shoulder issue.
All of which makes who will join Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad along with Jack Leach in the pack for the two-Test tour of New Zealand intriguing of November.
Anderson (calf), Stone (back) and Wood (knee and side ) have not formally been ruled from the show – the squad for which is announced on Monday afternoon – however look long shots to make the excursion, with all the four-Test tussle against South Africa from Boxing Day a likely target.
Just two Somerset seamers will be eyeing call-ups, with Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory vying for a place as backup paceman.
Overton played his fourth Test to England during the Ashes, showing guts with the bat because the hosts endangered to pull off a draw at Old Trafford, however his bowling was mostly ineffective and his Test average using the ball stands at an unremarkable 44.77.
Gregory, uncapped in cricket, had been higher up the pecking order at the beginning of the summer, named in the squad to the Ireland Test just to be left from their starting XI.
The 27-year-old, who missed nearly all of August with a foot injury, has bagged 51 wickets in just 10 Championship matches this year at 15.49 ahead of the title decider with Essex, with four five-wicket hauls along with 11 scalps in the match in a loaf of Kent at June.
Gregory does not possess the express pace of Wood or Stone but has snared over 250 first-class wickets with his ability to swing the ball.
The Jamie Porter of essex is made of a similar ilk, and it has passed 50 wickets in each of the four Championship efforts, a milestone he will reach.
The Ollie Robinson of sussex isn’t fast possibly but now has over 60 this term and picked up 74 scalps last year, albeit at the second branch.
Another bolter could be the Saqib Mahmood of Lancashire – .
Though was electrical in the Royal London One-Day Cup using 28 wickets in 10 matches, the 22-year-old hasn’t set the world alight from the Championship during his side’s advertising effort.
If he overlook a Test call-up, then he ought to be able to console himself with a place in England celebration, possibly alongside Matt Parkinson.
Spin in Test cricket is also on England’s schedule with Ali particular and Rashid certain not to produce the New Zealand trip to Leach.
England may decide they don’t require the other spinner and Joe Denly’s leg breaks and Joe Root’s off fractures could cover if Leach overlook on any reason but when they really do want a frontline tweaker, it may come down to Liam Dawson or Leach’s Somerset colleague Dom Bess.
Slow left-armer Dawson is economical and might hold an wind up, whilst off-spinner Bess has bagged 24 wickets this campaign when playing for Somerset or online loan in Yorkshire.
Both have Evaluation experience, both may both are quite great fielders.
Surrey’s along with parkinson Amar Virdi – that snared a haul however has played second fiddle for a lot of the effort – are choices.
If just Simon Harmer were English…
Head to skysports.com and Sky Sports News on Monday for news of and response to England’s squads for the tour of New Zealand.
The watch the tour, which features five T20Is and 2 Tests, live on Sky Sports Cricket in October, November and December.

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