England refrains from major changes for New Zealand tests

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

"I'd rather be honest now than play and not do myself justice". "It will be nice to get in and around that and hopefully show what I can do".

"After a frustrating period with injuries, Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our Test plans", said Whitaker.

■ CLAIRE POLOSAK became the first woman to umpire a men's England match yesterday. "Liam is also highly regarded at his county Lancashire and will captain the side in the Specsavers County Championship during the 2018 campaign".

"So whatever is thrown at me, I feel like I'm confident enough to play my shots no matter what the standard.

This is about being the best you can be and going and winning a trophy for England or winning the Ashes or the World Cup", he concluded by saying.

England finally had something to smile about after ending a 61-day run without a win and Moeen Ali enjoyed his best day of the tour so far in their one-day warm-up match.

Wood, celebrating both his 28th birthday and his Test recall for the New Zealand series in March, needed less than an over to remind onlookers why he is treated as such a precious commodity, summoning a vicious bouncer that threatened Matt Renshaw's throat as much as his outside edge.

Another surprise inclusion in the team was controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes, though his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to a brawling incident in Bristol in September.

It marked England's first victory since they accounted for a CA XI two months earlier in an Adelaide tour match before the first Ashes test.

England's cricket selectors refrained Wednesday from a radical shakeup of the test squad despite a 4-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia. On this, skipper Eoin Morgan said to Telegraph, that Alex has "learnt his lesson" and knows what he did was wrong.

Fellow spinner Adil Rashid claimed three scalps, but England's quick brigade of Liam Plunkett (2-52), Mark Wood, Tom Curran and Chris Woakes all went at more than five an over after Harvey unleashed with a 39-ball half-century.

Previous year in September, Alex Hales was also suspended for final two one-day Internationals and still faces an England & Wales Cricket Board Cricket Disciplinary Commission hearing, which is due to take place once the Crown Prosecution Service decides its next steps with regards to Stokes.

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