England name 16-man Test squad for New Zealand tour

Alex Hales

"It's been a long tour for them so far and there's probably some new players over as well, so yeah...foot on the throat, let's make it a good one".

"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that".

Plunkett was not part of England's Ashes squad, which succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Australia.

England test squad: Joe Root (c, Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

Liam Livingstone is closer than ever to fulfilling his dream of playing Test cricket for England after his inclusion in the squad for this spring's New Zealand tour.

All-rounder Ben Stokes has also been included in the squad but his participation will depend on the outcome of the case following his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September past year.

Cate McGregor is an ABC cricket commentator.


Aussie Test great Dean Jones led the firing squad, labelling the squad announcement "hilarious".

- Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 10, 2018That's hilarious. So it's his fault. too amusing.

Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 81 helped England to a five-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI in their limited-overs warm up match in Sydney.

Livingstone, 24, is the spare batsman on tour and will likely push harder for a place than Ballance, who resembled little more than a place holder during the Ashes.

The newly-appointed Lancashire captain made two T20 appearances against South Africa last summer to give him a first taste of worldwide cricket after his impressive performances in the Specsavers County Championship and on the Lions tour of Sri Lanka. In 2017 alone, England won 15 of 20 matches that they contested in the 50-overs-a-side format, with one no result.

All-rounder Ben Stokes has also been included in the squad but his participation will depend on the outcome of the case following his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September previous year.

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

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