Wayne Bennett names 19-man squad for Elland Road Test

James Graham will Captain England in the Third Test against New Zealand at Elland Road this Sunday, as the national side aim to secure a 3-0 victory against the Kiwis.

Head coach Wayne Bennett has made four changes to his 19-man squad: Leeds Rhinos half-back Richie Myler, Warrington Wolves’ Stefan Ratchford, Wigan Warriors’ Joe Greenwood and Wakefield Trinity centre Reece Lyne come in to the side to replace Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and George Burgess.

Second row Elliott Whitehead will make his 20th appearance for England in this Sunday’s Test.

England Squad in full:

  1. Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)
  2. Tommy Makinson (St Helens, Wigan St Judes)
  3. Jake Connor (Hull FC, Siddal)
  4. Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
  5. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors)
  6. George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks)
  7. Richie Myler (Leeds Rhinos, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
  8. Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions)
  9. Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull)
  10. James Graham (c) (St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook)
  11. John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill )
  12. Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling)
  13. Luke Thompson (St Helens, Bold Miners)
  14. Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers, Stanley Rangers)
  15. Tom Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor)
  16. Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers)
  17. Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks)
  18. Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets)
  19. Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity, Ideal Isberg)

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JONATHAN DOIDGE JOINS BBC RADIO LEEDS AS THE STATION’S NEW CRICKET COMMENTATOR

Jonathan Doidge has been appointed as BBC Radio Leeds’ new cricket correspondent to cover Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Jonathan will take over the commentary mic from Dave Callaghan (known as Cally) who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Born in Horsforth in Leeds, Jonathan has been a regular on the county circuit for a number of years and has expert knowledge of the game and its players. He also has over two decades worth of experience in sports journalism and broadcasting.

Jonathan said: “I enjoyed many hours sharing the mic covering cricket with Cally. He was a friend as well as a colleague and I understand that he meant a great deal to his listeners.

“It will be both an honour and a privilege to cover my county. I am very excited about what lies ahead. Roll on April!”

Jonathan will cover all County Championship games, both home and away, along with the shorter one day, and T20 matches.

Jonathan added: “There has been a lifelong passion for cricket in my family. Both my brothers represented Yorkshire at various levels and I still play (badly!) when I can. I know what cricket means to Yorkshire people and I have a great respect for both that and the game itself.”

BBC Radio Leeds Sports Editor, Jonathan Buchan, said: “Whilst we will never be able to replace our beloved Dave Callaghan, I hope our listeners will welcome Jonathan in as one of their own. His knowledge of the game and passion for the county shines through and that was a major part in the decision to add him to our team. He already has a strong relationship with the club and the characters that have stood at the crease both in the past and present day.”

Listeners will be able to hear ball-by-ball commentary of every Yorkshire game in the 2019 season via the BBC Radio Leeds website