LONDON – England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow has been left out of the squad for the two-test series in New Zealand but included in the Twenty20 squad for the tour that begins in November, the country's cricket board (ECB) said on Monday.
Four uncapped players – Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood – have been called up to the test squad.
Sibley, who scored 1,324 runs in the County Championship for Warwickshire, is expected to compete for an opening spot, while 21-year-old Crawley has earned his place after scoring 820 runs.
Parkinson is set to be spinner Jack Leach's understudy while Mahmood has been included as veteran fast bowler and England's leading wicket taker James Anderson is still out of contention while he recovers from a calf injury.
"James Anderson was unavailable for selection in the test squad as he continues his rehabilitation from a calf injury," the ECB said in a statement.