Ben Stokes included in England's Test squad for New Zealand tour


And he has become the first Cumbrian-born player to be called-up for a Test series since Paul Nixon was in the squad - but did not play - for the tour of Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2000/01.

Liam Livingstone is the one new face in the 16-man England squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand starting in March, with Mark Wood also recalled to the squad after his struggles with injury.

White has not represented Australia in 50-over cricket since 2015, and gave an interview in December saying he thought his global career was over.

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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.

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Livingstone added: "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". "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".

"Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions", England selector James Whitaker said. We are particularly impressed with the way he bats against spin and is equally adept against the seamers.

Batsman Gary Ballance and fast-bowlers Jake Ball and Tom Curran have been dropped after being part of the Ashes squad.

Persistent injuries have kept the Durham quick, who is capable of the kind of express pace Root's side so conspicuously lacked in the past few months, to just 10 Test caps since debuting in May 2015.He is now with England's limited-overs squad as they look to exact a measure of revenge for the Ashes. "I wanted to work on different areas of my red-ball game, and I was able to do that for our first two weeks in Brisbane".

Stoinis' worldwide career began in the aftermath of the last Ashes series - England's 3-2 win on home soil in 2015 - but made just two low-key appearances, his ODI and T20 debuts, before disappearing from the stage for more than 18 months.