Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and Sussex seam bowler Ollie Robinson were named in England’s main Test cricket squad for the first time on Tuesday for next month’s two-match home series against New Zealand.

Bracey has scored 478 County Championship runs this season at an average of 53, while Robinson has taken 29 wickets at an average of 14.

Bracey and Robinson were touring reserves for England’s winter test programs in Sri Lanka and India, and were part of the extended squads for last year’s behind-closed-doors series against West Indies and Pakistan.

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“They have been consistent performers in the county championship this season, and over the past 18 months have excelled for the Lions on the field and in the various camps they have been involved in,” coach Chris Silverwood said.

“Having spent all…

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