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11-Jan-2018 06:35:00 GMT
England in New Zealand 2017-18

Livingstone earns maiden Test call-up for New Zealand

London: Allrounder Ben Stokes was included in England's 16-man cricket squad for their Test tour of New Zealand Thursday, while Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone got his first call up.

Seamer Mark Wood returns after struggling with injury, and Ashes underperformers Mooen Ali, James Vince and Mark Stoneman were all retained.

But Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran, who were all part of the Australia Test squad, miss out.

England Test squad: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Alaister Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood

England play two Tests in New Zealand starting in Auckland on March 22 after being thrashed 4-0 by Australia in the Ashes series that ended in Sydney this week.

Stokes missed the entire series in Australia after being banned from international duties while police investigate his alleged role in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol three months ago.

He kept his hand in by playing for Canterbury, his New Zealand birth province, for a month, but has since returned home to be with his wife and young family.

Livingstone was rewarded for his form with Lancashire, with National Selector James Whitaker saying they had been watching him for some time.

Selectors also recalled Durham seamer Wood, who is back in the Test squad for the first time since last year.

England play five one-dayers against Australia, starting in Melbourne on Sunday.

England, who sit a place below the Blackcaps in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings, are set to play a Day/Night Test in Auckland from 22-26 March, followed by the series closer at Hagley Oval, Christchurch from 30 March - 3 April.


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