Matthew Potts pens new two-year contract with Durham; England recall for Ben Foakes

England seamer Matthew Potts has signed a two-year contract extension with Durham, while Ben Foakes has been recalled to the England Test squad for this week's match with South Africa.

Potts, 23, made his Test debut at the start of the summer and has enjoyed a superb start with 18 wickets in his first four games.

He also earned his first one-day international cap on home soil in Chester-le-Street but was only able to manage four overs as he struggled to cope with sweltering 38 degree heat.

Potts, who joined the Durham set-up at just nine years old, signed a new deal which lasts until the end of the 2024 season on the eve of the three-Test series against South Africa.

"I am delighted to sign an extension with Durham and commit a further two years to the club," he said.

"I am looking forward to the future and what the club can achieve over this next period."

Director of cricket Marcus North added: "We are thrilled that Matthew has agreed to extend his contract with us at Durham.

"He has continued to progress and develop in recent years and that was evident with his England call up earlier this summer."

Test squad recall for fit-again Ben Foakes

England, meanwhile, have recalled fit-again wicketkeeper Ben Foakes for the first Test against South Africa on Wednesday, but Ollie Robinson has been kept waiting after missing out at Lord's.

Ben Foakes and Stuart Broad for England against New Zealand

A case of Covid-19 meant Foakes missed last month's victory over India, a fourth in four games under the new leadership team of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, but he reclaims the gloves from Kent's Sam Billings.

That is the only change to the starting XI, with Robinson unable to break up a pace attack comprising James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Potts. Robinson has not played for his country since the final match of the Ashes in January, with a series of fitness issues disrupting a bright start to his international career.

He made his way back into the squad after proving his fitness during the England Lions' win over the Proteas at Canterbury but sits out alongside fellow seamer Craig Overton and Yorkshire's in-form batter Harry Brook.

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