Kane Williamson returns to lead New Zealand for Test series in England
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday named a strong 20-member squad for the three-match series that starts at Lord's on June 2, with Williamson set to feature at the Test level for the first time since November last year. Williamson has made a complete recovery from the elbow injury that saw him miss the drawn Test series against Bangladesh and South Africa and is currently leading Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Nice to hear there's a chance: Anderson on comeback to England Test fold
With Ben Stokes appointed as new Test skipper on Thursday and Rob Key made the managing director of men's cricket, the chances of Anderson and his new-ball partner Stuart Broad having a crack with the red cherry is still present. Anderson and Broad, amongst the top-10 wicket-takers in Test cricket with 640 and 537 wickets respectively, were shock omissions from England's three-match away series in West Indies in March, which they lost 1-0.
Stokes has the personality to lead but he will be hamstrung by the system: Pietersen
Stokes was made England captain after Joe Root stepped down in the wake of the away Test series loss in the Caribbean, while England chief coach Chris Silverwood quit his post following the 0-4 Ashes debacle Down Under. The Test team's uninspiring showing in the last couple of years has been blamed as much on the players as on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) top bosses.
Anderson, Broad available for selection for 1st Test against New Zealand: Rob Key
Despite their combined haul of 1177 Test wickets, the futures of both Anderson, 39, and Broad, 35, had been up in the air ever since England's 4-0 Ashes loss. They were not picked in the England squad for the West Indies tour, where Joe Root's side lost 1-0. However, Key -- speaking for the first time in his new role -- said that he had taken soundings from Root's newly appointed successor, Ben Stokes.
Ben Stokes succeeds Joe Root to be appointed captain of England men's Test team
Stokes' appointment as the captain was hugely expected, especially after Root, 31, stepped down from the role in the aftermath of England losing three-match away Test series to West Indies in March. His first assignment as the Test captain will be three-match home Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lord's from June 2.
Mahela Jayawardene backs Ben Stokes to be a "brilliant" Test captain for England
Since the time Root resigned as the captain of England's Test team, Stokes has been widely tipped to be his successor with a formal announcement expected in coming days. If Stokes takes over as Test captain, his first assignment will be the three-match home series against New Zealand in June followed by the postponed fifth Test against India at Edgbaston.
Be bullish and brutish in your new role: Shastri to new England cricket MD Rob Key
Quite like Shastri, who made the switch from being a commentator to guiding India to become the most successful Test side in the world, Key too is making a similar transition, and the 59-year-old India legend said that the most important thing is to set the tone "from the outset". Key was appointed the England men's cricket managing director on April 17 and has been tasked with overseeing the transition of the team. His first big task would be to appoint the new Test captain after Joe Root stepped down recently.
After seven years at the helm of Team India, Shastri not interested in England job
The 59-year-old former India cricketer added that seven years at the helm of affairs -- which saw India win 10 Test series out of 14 and rose to No. 1 in the rankings, beating Australia twice in their own backyard -- had taken its toll. Asked in an interview by The Guardian if he would be interested in filling the vacant England post, Shastri said, "Oh no, no, don't go down that route.
Lots of speculation around Test captaincy but Rob Key will take the decision: Stokes
Stokes has been heavily linked with the vacant England Test captain's position and has spoken about the role as well following his friend and teammate's decision to step down. The 30-year-old all-rounder thinks that it will be a "huge honour" if he gets the opportunity to captain the side.
Rob Key appointed new Managing Director of England men's cricket
The 42-year-old Key will take over from Andrew Strauss, who held the role on an interim basis after the departure of Ashley Giles. Giles left the position after three years, following the debacle of the Ashes, where England lost 4-0 away in Australia. The former England batter will take up the position on an immediate basis and also relinquish his role as one of Sky Sports' commentators.