Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have been named in England’s 16-man squad for the tour of New Zealand starting in March.

Gary Ballance will return to Yorkshire and join up with the squad in due course.

Below is the 16-man squad for the tour of New Zealand starting in March.

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)

Commenting on Gary Ballance, England National Selector James Whitaker said: “All three players (Gary Ballance, Jake Ball, Tom Curran) have worked hard on the recent Ashes tour,” said Whitaker.

“Unfortunately, they miss out on selection for New Zealand. All three will return to county cricket and will be looking to start the season well with a view to staking their claim to get back into selection reckoning. They are talented players and I am sure their time will come again.”

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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