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Mahmood, Parkinson strike in England warm-ups

Mahmood, Parkinson strike in England warm-ups

The Lancashire pair took one wicket apiece in the final warm-up match against a New Zealand XI

Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson have made their England debuts ahead of the five-match IT20 series against New Zealand.

The pair both played in this morning's (Tuesday 29 October) second warm-up match against a New Zealand XI, the final fixture before the series begins on Friday (1am UK time).

Both players took a wicket, the only two to fall as the hosts ran out victors by eight wickets in the penultimate over.

Mahmood returned figures of 1/36, taking the wicket of wicketkeeper Tim Seifert in the fourth over.

Parkinson struck off his third ball, Anton Devcich caught by Joe Denly, in finishing with figures 1/38 but was unlucky not to have picked up more.

He had a strong LBW appeal against Colin Munro turned down, with the opener going on to score an unbeaten, match-winning century.

It was Parkinson's non-competitive debut for the national side, while Mahmood featured in the first warm-up match on Sunday morning as England won by six wickets.

Both players will hope to be included in the XI for the first game in Christchurch with games in Wellington, Nelson, Napier and Auckland to follow before the Test series begins later in November.

2020 Internationals at Emirates Old Trafford

Tickets are now on general sale for England's two international fixtures at Emirates Old Trafford next summer.

They face Australia in a Vitality IT20 on Sunday 7 July before taking on Pakistan in a Specsavers Test match between Thursday 7 to Monday 11 August.

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