England has added off-spinner Dom Bess to the squad for the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston, which begins on Thursday, coach Chris Silverwood said on Monday.

A place on the squad came free after Ollie Robinson was suspended from all international cricket by the England & Wales Cricket Board following the emergence of racist and sexist comments he posted on Twitter nine years ago.

Although Jack Leach, England’s first-choice spinner, is fit and available, Silverwood said Bess would provide cover in case of any injuries as the current COVID protocols make it difficult to bring players into the squad from its counties.

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“If Jack was to feature, we would need back-up for him in terms of concussion replacements and things like that,” Silverwood told reporters.

“If we are looking at…

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