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England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour

by Athar Ansari Jan 11, 2018 • 18:00 PM

London, Jan 11 (CRICKETNMORE) - England dropped Ashes trio of Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran while including paceman Mark Wood and uncapped batsman Liam Livingstone for the two-Test tour of New Zealand in March.

Another surprise inclusion in the team was controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes, though his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to a brawling incident in Bristol in September.

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