Jack Leach missed virtually the entire first Test after displaying concussion symptoms following a fall while playing on the edge; Matt Parkinson was brought in to make his Test debut as Leach’s replacement.
Jack Leach remains a doubt for the second Test against New Zealand
England spinner Jack Leach is rated 50-50 for the second Test against New Zealand, while closer Ollie Robinson faces another three weeks on the sidelines.
Leach, was taken off just six overs in the first Test at Lord’s due to concussion protocols after he suffered a heavy fall while playing on the edge, with Matt Parkinson recruited to replace him.
Although Leach has practiced ahead of the second test, which begins on Friday, live on Sky Sports Cricket, with his mandatory seven-day rest period ending on Thursday, he remains a doubt for the Trent Bridge clash.
Robinson, who missed England’s three-Test series against the West Indies in March with a back problem and has since made only three appearances for Sussex, remains unavailable to face the Black Caps.
The 28-year-old received a cortisone injection in his lower back but is not expected to be fit in time for the third Test of the series, which begins at Headingley in just over a fortnight.
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