Liam Livingstone called-up in England Test squad for New Zealand tour

- Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 10, 2018Liam Livingstone named in England Test squad for NZ.

Livingstone, appointed Lancashire captain at the back end of a year ago, was the headline inclusion in England's squad for their upcoming two-Test series in New Zealand. Test Match cricket is the pinnacle and something that every player works towards throughout their career.

The MCG, where the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England was played between December 26 and December 30, 2017, drew criticism from both teams after the hosts scored 327 and 263-4 declared in their two innings while England scored 491 in their only innings.

Livingstone's displays for Lancashire over the past two seasons, as well as his efforts for the Lions when touring Sri Lanka and against South Africa A at home, caught the eye of the selectors.

Should Livingstone play in New Zealand, Livingstone would become the first Cumbrian player to represent his country in Test cricket since Norman Gifford gained the last of his 15 caps, also against New Zealand, in June 1973.

"Unfortunately, they miss out on selection for New Zealand".


"He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena". We are particularly impressed with the way he bats against spin and is equally adept against the seamers.

But because many members of England's ODI squad were not involved in the losing Ashes series, including Plunkett himself, the 32-year-old Yorkshire fast bowler believes the team will be "full of beans" when hostilities resume in Melbourne this weekend.

The ECB has confirmed that if they receive notification that Stokes has either been charged or not charged, the ECB board will convene within 48 hours to decide on his availability for the tour.

From the Ashes touring squad, batsman Gary Ballance and bowlers Jake Ball and Tom Curran have been dropped.

Now 28, the Perth native is hoping to lock down a place in the Australian squad in time to return to England in 2019 to play a part in the defence of the World Cup.

The two games Test series will be played between 22nd March and 3rd April with Auckland and Christchurch being the venues.

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