Cook named in Test squad for New Zealand Tour


Alastair Cook has been named in the 16-man squad for England tour of New Zealand, which starts in March. There is no place for youngster, Dan Lawrence who had been tipped by many to be included, but Cook is the only player to feature from the County Champions.

Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone has been picked for the first time, along with Durham’s Ben Stokes Mark Wood who both return to the squad. They replace Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran who all miss out after their inclusion in the Ashes tour.

England Test squad:

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