January 23, 2019

England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour

14 January 2018, 06:24 | Randall Craig

Steve Smith batting in the third test match between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth. AAP Dean Lewins

Steve Smith batting in the third test match between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth.     AAP  Dean Lewins

Opener Mark Stoneman and off-spinning allrounder Moeen Ali are also under pressure after struggling against a rampant Australia in a 4-0 series hammering.

Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Saturday revealed prolific batsman Root should be available for the opening ODI at the MCG.

Bayliss has said since the Ashes that he will stand down when his contract expires in September 2019.

England call-up Liam Livingstone believes his Test credentials should not be judged on how he fared in two Twenty20 internationals last summer.

WHEN England appointed Trevor Bayliss it was to achieve success in white-ball cricket as much as anything else.

There's a chance for Eoin Morgan's white-ball clan to salvage some pride from the tour with five ODIs in January.

Since the Australian took over in May 2015, England have won nine of their 12 one-day series, with their three defeats - against Australia at home and South Africa and India away - coming by only one game.

'He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage'.

"We want to get the feeling around the one-day group a lot more positive and upbeat in order to play this brand of cricket".

BBC Sport looks at why England can be considered favourites to win the series less than two years on from their miserable World Cup showing. To be in that space you need to be setting or bucking trends or being able to adapt.

"There may be a bit of weather around this afternoon so we haven't quite settled (the XI) but all the guys are ready to go". The best way to address it is to be on the front foot.

Ben Stokes is the exception, of course.

While the recently concluded Ashes series unfolded at an attritional pace, both sides are likely to approach the next five games in a more cavalier fashion.

Ballance did not feature in the series, Ball featured only in the first test and Curran was a late addition to the squad before turning out in Melbourne and Sydney.

Smith said: "I think he is a player with a really bright future. We will miss him but we know he is not going to be part of this series so we can address the balance of this side", he added.

"We got a huge amount of confidence from the selectors and Andrew Strauss, our director of cricket, gave absolute clarity in what we wanted".

Sam Billings, Jason Roy, David Willey and Buttler have been playing in Australia's Big Bash T20 competition, while Morgan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid took part in the inaugural T10 League in the United Arab Emirates last month.

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