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Michael Burgess and Dom Sibley have been selected to the County Select XI squad that will play New Zealand in a four-day match at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford from Thursday.

Olly Robinson and Sibley are the two England capped players in a 12-man squad that will be overseen by ECB Elite Performance Pathway Coach, Richard Dawson.

Burgess has been the standout wicket-keeper in the County Championship, firing 486 runs with two hundreds and taking 20 catches.

Opener Sibley has built on his hard-working winter with 346 runs at an average of 43.25.

The squad was selected from the pool of available players following consultation with the first-class counties.

Richard Dawson said: “We have selected a strong squad of players who are in form and who deserve the opportunity to test themselves against high-class international opposition.

“Matches like this provide a valuable opportunity to see how the selected players handle a step up from county ranks and I am looking forward to working alongside them.

“I would also like to thank the first-class counties for their collaborative approach during a busy period.”

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

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