ENG vs NZ: England spinner Jack Leach withdrawn from remainder of first Test against NZ due to concussion symptoms

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ENG vs NZ: England spinner Jack Leach withdrawn from remainder of first Test against NZ due to concussion symptoms
ENG vs NZ: England spinner Jack Leach withdrawn from remainder of first Test against NZ due to concussion symptoms

ENG vs NZ: England spinner Jack Leach withdrawn from remainder of first Test against NZ due to concussion symptoms

ENG vs NZ: After suffering concussion symptoms while fielding, England bowler Jack Leach has been removed from the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s.

The bowler will be replaced by Matt Parkinson due to a concussion.

“Jack Leach has symptoms of concussion following his head injury whilst fielding. As per concussion guidelines, he has been withdrawn from this Test,” ECB said in a tweet.

“Lancashire spinner Matthew Parkinson has confirmed as Jack Leach’s concussion replacement. He will join the camp later today and can go straight into our XI,” ECB added.

Parkinson is a Lancashire leg spinner. In 37 first-class cricket games, he has 126 wickets.

ENG vs NZ: England spinner Jack Leach withdrawn from remainder of first Test against NZ due to concussion symptoms
ENG vs NZ: England spinner Jack Leach withdrawn from remainder of first Test against NZ due to concussion symptoms

Leach, who playing his first home Test since the Ashes in 2019, injured in the sixth over of the game while pursuing a drive to the backward point boundary by crafty southpaw Devon Conway.

Leach landed severely on his head and appeared to have damaged his neck when he dived and drew the ball back from the rope’s edge. He treated by New Zealand’s medical team for several minutes before being able to walk back to the pavilion.

Leech forced to withdraw from the contest after a later examination by the ECB medical team.

Parkinson has appeared in nine games for England in both white-ball and red-ball formats. Over the previous two years, the spinner has been a mainstay on touring squads. In the county competition this season, he has taken 24 wickets at a strike rate of 25.95, the most of any spinner in the country.

After winning the toss, New Zealand elected to bat first. Their inning is still going on.

Both teams are playing a three-match Test series, with the next one starting on June 10 and the last one starting on June 23. The series is part of the ICC World Test Championship, which runs from 2022 to 2023.