Anderson, Broad named in England squad for 1st Test against New Zealand

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England’s veteran pacers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have been named in their playing-XI for their first test against New Zealand, starting today (Thursday).

According to AFP News Agency, the legendary English fast bowling duo, who share 1777 combine wickets between them, were surprisingly left out of the squad for a 1-0 series loss in the West Indies earlier this year.

However, Broad and Anderson have made a comeback for the first match under England’s new leadership duo of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, in an XI named a day ahead of schedule on Wednesday.

England are currently bottom of the World Test Championship table following a woeful run of one win in 17 games.

New Zealand, who’ve yet to name their team, are the reigning World Test champions after defeating India in last year’s inaugural final at Southampton.