Liam Livingstone called-up in England Test squad for New Zealand tour

Liam Livingstone called-up in England Test squad for New Zealand tour

Opener Mark Stoneman and No 3 James Vince both survive the axe, although they had modest returns against the Aussies.

Only England Cricket could find a way to make their Ashes humiliation worse.

It follows a frustrating trend for the visitors this summer, who also had a number of injury woes before the start of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

The newly-appointed Lancashire captain, 24, will join up with Joe Root's men for the two-match New Zealand series in March after impressing in county cricket and for the England Lions over the past two years.

"As a kid, I always wanted to play Test cricket and I'm determined to take my chance if I get an opportunity in New Zealand".

"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".

The freakish shake-up was mercilessly mocked by cricket commentators. England, however, chose to stick with Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order, with the latter hitting a run-a-ball 36 during an opening stand of 74 in 12.4 overs. Gary Balance didn't even play a bloody game!

The Yorkshire captain makes way for Lancashire's skipper, with Livingstone included in the red-ball squad for the first time.

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

Eoin Morgan has defended his head coach, Trevor Bayliss, before England's ODI series against Australia. The first Test of the series will be also be a day-night affair in Auckland between March 22-26 and the second Test, a day match in Christchurch, will begin four days later. "He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena", he added.

"All three players have worked hard on the recent Ashes tour", Whitaker said.

He is now with England's limited-overs squad as they look to exact a measure of revenge for the Ashes. The all-rounder will play no part in the ODIs as he waits to hear whether he faces any charges for the incident in a Bristol street in the early hours of 25 September. Stokes missed the series after being banned from global duties as police investigate his alleged role in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

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.