England all-rounders Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali have been dropped from England squad for the second Test match against New Zealand. Jack Leach, Mark Wood and James Vince are the contenders to fill in the shoes of both the English all-rounders.
The visitors are trailing by 1-0 in the two-Test match series and they would like to turn the tables in the second Test match which would kick-start from March 30 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. England has named their 12-man squad for the final Test match.
England would like to come back strong.
It was earlier speculated that Moeen Ali could be dropped for the second Test match as his abysmal performance since the Ashes series has continued. Ali had a fine previous season but he has struggled to hit the ground running since the Ashes series and his exit from the Test team always looked on the cards.
It is reported that Jack Leach is in contention to make his debut while fast bowler Mark Wood has also made it back to the England team. James Vince who had impressed with his technique in the Ashes series is also expected to bat at number seven position.
The omission of all-rounder Chris Woakes has come as a surprise as he has been doing a fine job for the team. If the Hagley Oval will provide assistance to the spinners then it is expected that left-arm spinner Jack Leach will replace Mason Crane in England’s playing XI.
If Leach makes his International debut then there could be a healthy competition between Mark Wood and Craig Overton for the third fast bowler spot.