Ben Stokes included in England's Test squad to face Black Caps

James Vince and Mark Stoneman

His participation in both still depends on the outcome of his legal case with Britain's Crown Prosecution Service which is still considering whether he should be charged for his alleged part in a street fight in Bristol past year that has prevented him from playing for England since. "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".

England test squad: Joe Root (c, Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

"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", said Whitaker in a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena", he added.

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"Unfortunately, they miss out on selection for New Zealand". "After a frustrating period with injuries, Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our Test plans". A decision as to whether Stokes will be charged is expected by the Criminal Prosecution Service soon.

Batsmen James Vince and Mark Stoneman, who had average tours of Australia, have kept their places and there is a first callup for Lancashire's Liam Livingstone.

Batsman Gary Ballance and bowlers Jake Ball and Tom Curran have been dropped following the Ashes defeat.

Two years ago Liam Livingstone's greatest claim to distinction in the cricket world was that he had scored 350 for Nantwich in a national club knockout cup match against Caldy.

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While training with the Lions in Queensland, Livingstone was able to attend the first day of the Ashes at the Gabba, an experience which heightened his desire to play Test cricket.

The England squad will arrive in New Zealand on March 9 before two two-day warm-up matches against New Zealand A one of which is a day-night match.

The two-Test series between New Zealand and England begins on March 22 at Eden Park, Auckland.

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