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Robinson and Sibley have chance to stake England claim in County Select XI match against New Zealand

Ollie Robinson and Dom Sibley had a chance to claim England after being named in the County Select XI to face New Zealand in a four-day match in Chelmsford

  • Seamer Ollie Robinson will get another chance to prove his fitness to England
  • Warwickshire opener Dom Sibley has changed his technique in search of a souvenir
  • There is also a spot in the County Select XI for leading run scorer Ben Compton

Ollie Robinson will get another chance to prove his fitness to England when he takes on New Zealand in a County Select XI.

The rain that ruined the tourists’ first warm-up match against Sussex restricted Robinson to 18 overs at Hove as he struggles to regain England’s confidence after a winter in which his fitness for purpose was questioned at the highest level.

He has now been chosen to spearhead the attack of a team that will meet for four days in Chelmsford from Thursday to provide New Zealand’s final preparation ahead of the first Test at Lord’s on June 2.

Sussex sailor Ollie Robinson will get another chance to prove his fitness to England.

Sussex sailor Ollie Robinson will get another chance to prove his fitness to England.

COUNTY SELECTION XI

Jack Blatherwick (Lancashire), Michael Burgess (Warwickshire), Ben Compton (Kent), Ben Gibbon (Worcestershire), Nick Gubbins (Hampshire), Tom Haines (Sussex), Lyndon James (Notts), Ryan Patel (Surrey), Liam Patterson -White (Notts), Jamie Porter (Essex), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire).

Robinson joins the team with Warwickshire starter Dom Sibley, who has changed his technique after being dropped by England seeking retirement at the highest level.

There is also a place for Kent’s Ben Compton, the leading run-scorer in the County Championship top division this season with 878, including four centuries.

The team has been selected in conjunction with counties that are aware of having their best players available for the start of the Vitality Blast which begins this week.

The Select XI will be overseen by Lions coach Richard Dawson, who said: “We have selected a strong team that deserves the opportunity to prove itself against high-class international opposition.”

Warwickshire opener Dom Sibley has changed his technique in pursuit of a Test withdrawal

Warwickshire opener Dom Sibley has changed his technique in pursuit of a Test withdrawal

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