Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

England name uncapped Liam Livingstone in Test squad for New Zealand tour

England name uncapped Liam Livingstone in Test squad for New Zealand tour

After a humbling 4-0 defeat in the Tests to relinquish the Ashes, Bayliss has come under fire for the manner in which England were unable to land a telling blow on the hosts.

And he has become the first Cumbrian-born player to be called-up for a Test series since Paul Nixon was in the squad - but did not play - for the tour of Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2000/01. However, with the coloured jersey on, the English team will not let Australians take the charge from first match itself.

During the Ashes, England were unbalanced by the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who remains unavailable while he waits to find out if he will be charged after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

What? One-day worldwide cricket is not more important than the Test-match version these days? So again there is the challenge of replacing two players.

Bayliss, however, deserves credit for what he has achieved, with England's one-day side unrecognisable from the ragtag outfit that so disappointed at the 2015 World Cup in Australasia.

Although Stokes would have batted in the middle order, Chris Woakes, Willey, Plunkett and Rashid are all capable of providing crucial runs down the order. "He signed a contract until 2019 and has always said the same thing".

Yesterday the batsman returned to the day job, hitting 52 from just 35 balls as England warmed-up for the one-day series with Australia with a five-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.

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"I get on really well with Glenn and it was good to catch up and have a chat".

The Australia vice-captain did not take part in training on Saturday at the MCG but skipper Steve Smith expects him to play on Sunday.

Maxwell, who averages 32 with the bat and nearly 39 with the ball, was again overlooked for 34-year-old Cameron White when Chris Lynn was forced out through injury.

Australia: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

"Being picked for the squad is great, but I know there's a lot more work to do to earn a place in the team", said the Cumbrian, whose selection has gone down especially well in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness.

Smith refused to be drawn on their conversation, noting that Maxwell's poor recent ODI record had played a big part in his omission.

Since the World Cup, Australia have bowled sides out in 21 of their 50 matches, compared to 17 in 53 for Morgan's side.

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