Jack Leach’s recovery from concussion has settled any confusion among England’s selectors over the team for the second Test against New Zealand. The spinner has been named in an unchanged side for the second in a three-match series, which , starts at Trent Bridge on Friday.
The spinner lasted only an hour of England’s victory at Lord’s in the first match of the series before landing on his head in an effort to stop the ball crossing the boundary rope. Matt Parkinson was summoned from Manchester to make his debut as concussion substitute, bowling 15.3 overs and taking one wicket.
Parkinson is one of three players to miss out on selection, the others being the seamer Craig Overton and the batter Harry Brook.
Though the ICC’s regulations say only that “a concussed player requires a formal medical clearance to return to training and play”, Leach was deemed ineligible to play for seven days, a period which ended on Thursday. He has been gradually eased back into action, but looked in full health when bowling in training on Wednesday and played a full part in Thursday’s net session.