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Stokes, Livingstone in England cricket squad for NZ Tests

Stokes, Livingstone in England cricket squad for NZ Tests

National selector James Whitaker said: "Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions".

Morgan stopped short of stating what England's line-up will be in Melbourne, but indicated Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales could all play.

"I ran myself out in that first game where I probably could have gone on and made a big hundred and gave me more confidence as the series went on".

The ECB selectors have kept the controversial all-rounder in the loop despite the investigation.

EOIN MORGAN said Alex Hales deserved his second chance with England after the opening batsman made a first appearance for his country since his infamous night out in Bristol in September.

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Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and chief Justice Luke Malaba (R) sit and talk as they attend the swearing-in ceremony in Harare , on December 28, 2017.

Australia's brilliant bowling dominated the Ashes but looks weaker with offspinner Nathan Lyon overlooked for limited-overs cricket, while star quick Josh Hazlewood will be rested for game one after a gruelling Ashes campaign. England's two-game series then concludes in Christchurch on March 30. Earlier, the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been handed an official warning by the ICC for preparing a "poor" pitch during the fourth Test. The pitch is expected to be slow and batting-friendly.

Whether Australia vice-captain David Warner will be one of the attractions at the MCG is uncertain. Halzewood has been rested meaning uncapped West Australian pair Jyhe Richardson and Andrew Tye could make their ODI debuts.

Of course, England are still missing Ben Stokes. How England would like to see that Moeen return. But, as with the Test Matches in Australia, the story is far less complex... The opener has plundered 886 from 11 innings at an average of 80.54 with five massive hundreds in that time propelling him up to third in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.

Livingstone will spend the next week or so with Lancashire, looking ahead to the 2018 summer with his head coach Glen Chapple as they aim to go one better than previous year when they finished second to Essex in the Championship table.

"The middle order has probably been where we have had a bit of an issue". The Australians, on the other hand, have lost just four games out of 35 at home in the last four years. Polosak said she has faced discrimination with male players trying to intimidate her by appealing louder at her end when she started but has also received apologies from cricketers for using bad language.


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