Dom Bess has been called into the England squad for the final New Zealand Test to replace Ollie Robinson, who has been suspended while the investigation into his historic tweets from 2012 and 2013 is ongoing.
Robinson made his debut in the first Test of the series at Lord’s, finishing with figures of 7-101 for the match and making 42 runs in the first innings, but his performance was overshadowed by the emergence of offensive tweets that he’d sent in 2012 and 2013.
The ECB announced yesterday that he had been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcoming of the investigation, has left the England camp, and will be unavailable for the second Test at Edgbaston which starts on Thursday.
Welcome back @DomBess99! 👋
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 7, 2021
With the seamer returning to Sussex, Bess has been called up to the squad ahead of the final match of the series.
The Yorkshire off-spinner arrived in Birmingham on Sunday and it is understood that he will be free to train with the squad on Wednesday but looks to have been included as cover for Jack Leach.
Bessy played a starring role to help his country record an innings and 30 run victory over Sussex in their latest County Championship match – finishing as the pick of the bowlers in the third and final innings with figures of 4-51.
After the first Test against New Zealand ended as a draw, there is everything to play for in the final game of the series at Edgbaston and England will be boosted by the presence of around 18,000 fans at the ground, including a major Barmy Army presence.