Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Stoinis: Australia have to keep their foot on England's throat

Stoinis: Australia have to keep their foot on England's throat

The MCG Test was the last Test to be rated under the current ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, with a revised process coming into effect in men's and women's global cricket from January 4, following the conclusion of the New Zealand versus Windies T20I series, which ends in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

Plunkett last wore an England jersey in September, when he played against the West Indies at Southampton, and looking ahead to the opening 50-over game, said: "Australia are a good team and they're confident from the Ashes".

Livingstone added: "My ultimate goal is to play Test cricket for England, and going to Australia with the Lions was the best way to give myself the best chance of doing that".

Hales, 29, was interviewed by police and missed two one-day internationals at the end of the English summer after being caught up in an altercation with Stokes in Bristol. Nearly three months ago, the all-rounder was controversially involved in a fist fight outside a bar in Bristol.

The Nottinghamshire batsman was cleared of any wrongdoing in December but may still be punished by the England & Wales Cricket Board once Stokes discovers whether he will be charged for ABH. The 24 year old was rewarded for his rich form. "Liam is also highly regarded at his county Lancashire and will captain the side in the Specsavers County Championship during the 2018 campaign". He amassed 803 runs at 47.23.

The 16-man squad includes Ben Stokes, uncapped Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone and returning paceman Mark Wood for the two-match Test series.

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

"Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions", said James Whitaker, the national selector.

The most perplexing axing was out-of-favour batsman Gary Ballance, who didn't get selected in the entire Ashes series. "He will play a significant part in our forthcoming ODI tour of Australia and we will be paying close attention to his efforts over the next few weeks".

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

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