England refrains from major changes for New Zealand tests

England All-rounder Ben Stokes who missed out on the entire Ashes has been included for the Tests in New Zealand. England will play two Tests against the Kiwis after the limited-overs fixtures in Australia. Stokes missed the series after being banned from worldwide duties as police investigate his alleged role in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017. Nearly three months ago, the all-rounder was controversially involved in a fist fight outside a bar in Bristol.

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.

The ECB has confirmed that if they receive notification that Stokes has either been charged or not charged, the ECB board will convene within 48 hours to decide on his availability for the tour.

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On the eve of the Ashes it was 18-year-old Jason Sangha, who became the youngest batsman to score a first-class century against England other than the great Sachin Tendulkar. He finished the 2017 County Championship Division 1 as the ninth highest run-getter.

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. "He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena", he added. However, Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran were dropped. He was ruled out of the Ashes tour because of an ankle injury although he travelled with the squad for the last few weeks as he built back up to full fitness.

"We won't be trying to change much with the way we play".

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England play 5 ODIs against Australia, starting in Melbourne on Sunday.

Liam Livingstone, England's uncapped selection for the Test tour of New Zealand in March and April, believes he is better placed to impress in red-ball than white-ball cricket, after missing the chance to establish his credentials in two T20 appearances against South Africa last summer.

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