Calcutta: Young fast bowler Chris Woakes was the one new face as England named their squad on Thursday for the Test series in New Zealand.
The 23-year-old replaced injured Tim Bresnan. Bresnan’s elbow problem means he will be rested, handing Warwickshire’s Woakes a chance to stake his claim for the Ashes series against Australia later this year.
Woakes made his senior international debut in a Twenty20 game against Australia in 2011 but national selector Geoff Miller said this was a chance for him to broaden his experience in the longer format.
“With Tim Bresnan unavailable while his elbow is assessed there is a good opportunity for Chris Woakes to gain further experience in the international environment,” Miller said in a statement.
Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes