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Stokes, Livingstone in England cricket squad for NZ Tests

AFP  |  Sydney 

Allrounder was included in England's 16-man squad for their Test tour of New Zealand Thursday, while batsman got his first call up.

Seamer returns after struggling with injury, and Ashes underperformers Mooen Ali, and Mark Stoneman were all retained.

But Gary Ballance, and Tom Curran, who were all part of the Test squad, miss out.

play two Tests in starting in on March 22 after being thrashed 4-0 by in that ended in this week.

In the chastening campaign, record four comprehensive wins -- including two innings victories and a 10-wicket triumph.

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

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.

selectors said he was in the frame "though his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in in September".

"Should the receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage," they said.

Livingstone was rewarded for his form with Lancashire, with National Selector saying they had been watching him for some time.

"Liam has been a that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with and over the past couple of years with the Lions," he said.

"He is a very who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena."

Selectors also recalled seamer Wood, who is back in the Test squad for the first time since last year.

"After a frustrating period with injuries, Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our Test plans," said Whitaker.

"He will play a significant part in our forthcoming ODI tour of and we will be paying close attention to his efforts over the next few weeks."

play five one-dayers against Australia, starting in on Sunday.

From the Ashes Test squad, Yorkshire batsman Ballance, Nottinghamshire seamer Ball and all-rounder Curran all miss out and will return to county

"They are talented players and I am sure their time will come again," said Whitaker.

- Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alaister Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes,

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 10:00 IST