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Craig Included in England Squad for Tour of New Zealand

Craig Overton has been named in England’s 16 man Test squad for their tour of New Zealand, which gets underway in March.

The 23 year old made his England debut in this winter’s Ashes series and impressed with both bat and ball. Craig featured in two Tests, taking six wickets and scoring 62 runs.

The squad also includes Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone for the first time.

Selectors have also recalled Durham seamer Mark Wood, who returns to the Test squad for the first time since last year.

Ben Stokes is included, though his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September. Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage.

From the recent Ashes Test squad, Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball and Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran all miss out.

The squad in full is as follows:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain

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)

England’s tour of New Zealand 2018 Itinerary

Friday 9 March 2018

England Test players arrive in New Zealand

Wednesday 14-15 March 2018

Two-day Warm-Up Match (D/N)

New Zealand A v England

Seddon Park, Hamilton

Friday 16-17 March 2018

Two-day warm-up match

New Zealand A v England

Seddon Park, Hamilton

Thursday 22-26 March 2018

First Test match (D/N)

New Zealand v England

Eden Park, Auckland

Friday 30 March-3 April 2018

Second Test match

New Zealand v England

Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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