England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour

  • England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour

England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour

"Joe is good and should be fit to play tomorrow", Morgan told reporters on Saturday.

"Davey (Warner) has been exceptional in one-day cricket opening for the past few years, Finchy (Aaron Finch) played well in the last series in India".

National selector James Whitaker insisted: "Liam has performed really well for the England Lions".

Livingstone will take part in the England Lions red-ball squad only of the West Indies tour in February before joining up with the senior squad in New Zealand in March.

"I spoke to Andy Flower about this at the start of the winter", he added.

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.

The Lions training camp also gave Livingstone a close-up view of Ashes cricket in Australia - including attending the first day of the first Test at the 'Gabba.

The series against Australia will be interesting if only to see how England respond to the Ashes defeat.

Although he retains the support of the players and the England and Wales Cricket Board, which has ruled out the sort of witch-hunt that followed the 2013-14 Ashes whitewash, there are those who believe that he should go now, or, at the very least, could yet go soon. T20 is great for the sport and it brings in the viewers.

"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".

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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.

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.

He said: "It's something I haven't coped well with in the past when I've not been quite 100 per cent".

Only England Cricket could find a way to make their Ashes humiliation worse. "I'm just looking forward to getting in amongst it".