Friday, October 25th, 2019


Pat Brown will wear the England colours for the first time on Sunday after being included in the side for the opening warm-up match ahead of the T20I Series with New Zealand.

The Worcestershire paceman and his team-mates will face a New Zealand X1 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

It is an early boost for Brown after his call-up for the five match T20I Series.

England will face the same opposition in a second match at the same venue on Tuesday before the Series kicks off next Friday at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

The England side is: Bairstow, Banton, Vince, Morgan, Denly, Billings, Sam Curran, Rashid, Jordan, Mahmood, BROWN.

Meanwhile Brown will lock horns with three players who have played for Worcestershire when the T20I Series gets underway.

Martin Guptill (2018 and 2019), Mitchell Santner (2016 and 2017) and Colin Munro (2014 and 2015) all appeared in T20 cricket for the Rapids.

Guptill has recovered from the injury suffered in the T20I Series against Sri Lanka which ended his hopes of being available for Vitality Blast finals day.

Tim Southee will captain the Black Caps in the absence of the injured Kane Williamson.