England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour

Joe Root is set to play for England after recovering from a viral illness but Australia opener David Warner, ranked No. 3 in ODI batsmen, is troubled by a stomach bug.

"That was probably the scariest bit out there but other than that, it was a great experience overall". "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".

"I'm so excited to get out there and show what I can do".

The batsman also believes that there is cause for optimism among England supporters despite defeat in the Ashes.

"So whatever is thrown at me, I feel like I'm confident enough to play my shots no matter what the standard".

He is now with England's limited-overs squad as they look to exact a measure of revenge for the Ashes. In 2017 alone, England won 15 of 20 matches that they contested in the 50-overs-a-side format, with one no result.

Stokes, arrested in September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident in Bristol, spent time playing one-day cricket for Canterbury before returning to England just before Christmas.

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All-rounder Ben Stokes has also been included in the squad but his participation will depend on the outcome of the case following his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September past year.

Such is the dramatic impact it has had, Smith was asked on the eve of Sunday's first ODI in Melbourne whether the worldwide side felt overshadowed by their own domestic tournament.

England and Australia were the first teams ever to play a One Day International game, when the two locked horns in 1971, after a Test match in Melbourne was washed out.

He claimed the hosts' top-scorer Travis Dean for 62 when he had him caught at cover and later took his second when John Dalton holed out at cow corner.

'Obviously there was an issue around it and he knows what he did was wrong and certainly I think he's learnt his lesson coming back into the side, ' Morgan said.

The explosive top-order batsman remained on the field but appeared in pain for the remaining five balls of the over, before he had to go off.

He is an aggressive and innovative presence at the crease and, though he failed to impress when he made his England bow in two Twenty20s against South Africa last summer, Livingstone has plenty of admirers in the national set-up, not least the influential Andy Flower.

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