December 14, 2018

Stokes named in England test squad for NZ

13 January 2018, 01:54 | Regina Holmes

Mark Wood has also been called up to England's Test squad to tour New Zealand in March

Mark Wood has also been called up to England's Test squad to tour New Zealand in March

After the ODI series between Australia and England, New Zealand will join them for a T20I tri-series.

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).

The most perplexing axing was out-of-favour batsman Gary Ballance, who didn't get selected in the entire Ashes series.

Australia have indicated they intend to rotate their fast bowlers, with Josh Hazlewood set to miss out tomorrow, Pat Cummins the second game in Brisbane and Mitchell Starc scheduled for a rest at some point.

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

What Ashes? The tour now moves into white-ball mode with considerable changes to both teams. So it's his fault. too amusing.

England's squad for their next Test tour was meant to be named on Wednesday, but Joe Root's illness meant that was postponed.

- Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) January 10, 2018Ballance dropped = a travesty.

Polosak has already broken ground in Australia by becoming the first women to umpire in a men's one-day game when she stood in a match between New South Wales and a Cricket Australia XI in October and her involvement in the England match was the next stage on the ladder through the professional ranks. "My ultimate goal is to play Test cricket for England, and going to Australia with the Lions was the best way to give myself the best chance of doing that".

Livingstone believes that for him and also Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, who have also been included in England's squad for New Zealand, the chance to play four-day cricket against West Indies A will represent ideal preparation for the tour.

Australia's brilliant bowling dominated the Ashes but looks weaker with offspinner Nathan Lyon overlooked for limited-overs cricket, while star quick Josh Hazlewood will be rested for game one after a gruelling Ashes campaign.

As has been the case with the last three squad announcements all-rounder Ben Stokes appears with a caveat next to his name, as he waits to find out if he will be charged by the Crown Prosecution Service. Nearly three months ago, the all-rounder was controversially involved in a fist fight outside a bar in Bristol.

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.

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