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

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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 a year ago.

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.

England squad for New Zealand tour: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Meanwhile, the selectors have left out Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran from the squad that recently lost the Ashes series 0-4 in Australia.

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Cate McGregor is an ABC cricket commentator.

Aussie Test great Dean Jones led the firing squad, labelling the squad announcement "hilarious".

- Test Match Special (@bbctms) January 10, 2018That's hilarious. So it's his fault. too amusing. Livingstone will captain the county in all formats this summer after replacing Steven Croft and described his call-up to the Test squad as "a huge honour".

- Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) January 10, 2018Ballance dropped = a travesty.

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"The way Stoneman and Vince played, they do deserve a bit more of a chance, " England coach Trevor Bayliss said.

England will have two warm-up matches against New Zealand A in Hamilton.

"All three players have worked hard on the recent Ashes tour", Whitaker said. "He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena", he added. Wood, meanwhile, would have been present for the Test leg in Australia had he been considered fit and robust enough for the challenge. "TB has been brilliant", England's limited-overs captain said. An internal European Central Bank disciplinary hearing will not take place until Stokes's legal case has concluded, which has allowed Hales to return to worldwide duty.

Stokes spent some of his childhood in west Cumbria, but was born and raised in New Zealand until he was 12.

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