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Matt Parkinson has been included to England’s team for the second Test, but Jack Leach is uncertain

England has revealed their 14-player squad for the second Test against New Zealand, which begins on Friday (June 10) at Trent Bridge. Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson has been retained. Parkinson made his Test debut in the first game as a concussion replacement for Jack Leach, who was injured during fielding. Notably, Leach has retained his spot on the squad, though his participation is uncertain.

In the sixth over of the contest, the left-arm spinner suffered a concussion while fielding at the boundary. He was later ruled out of the game, and Parkinson earned his first Test cap. With the track supporting the pacers, the leg-spinner, who has been a member of the Test squad for some time, didn’t have much to do in the Lord’s Test. While he was wicketless in New Zealand’s first innings, he had stats of 1/47 in 15.3 overs in the visitors’ second innings.

It should be mentioned that Leach has had at least two concussions in his professional career and is unlikely to play in the upcoming game. As a result, Parkinson should be given another chance, and he will be eager to make an impression. While Parkinson only took one wicket on debut, England captain Ben Stokes stated that the leg-responsibility spinners are to go for wickets.

“The way that Parky’s Test career has gone, following the team around every tour and not getting an opportunity, that pretty much sums up how he was going to get his chance: Leachy gets concussion and he finds himself driving down to play. But when it came to bringing Parky on, his role as the legspinner is to come on and change the game, not to hold the game,” said Stokes after the game.