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In arriving at the sanction, the ICC noted the comprehensive response provided by Cricket Australia, which did not contest the rating given to the pitch by the ICC Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle, but highlighted that the ground is a frequently used venue that has no history of preparing poor pitches for global cricket, and indicated that there was a commitment by both the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and Cricket Australia to improve the pitches presented for worldwide cricket at the MCG in the future.

Stoinis' global career began in the aftermath of the last Ashes series - England's 3-2 win on home soil in 2015 - but made just two low-key appearances, his ODI and T20 debuts, before disappearing from the stage for more than 18 months.

He also made his England debut in a NatWest International T20 against South Africa in Taunton last summer. "He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena", he added.

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Should Livingstone play in New Zealand, Livingstone would become the first Cumbrian player to represent his country in Test cricket since Norman Gifford gained the last of his 15 caps, also against New Zealand, in June 1973.

Moeen Ali impressed with the ball but again struggled with the bat, making just one before he was dismissed by seamer Gabe Bell.

Top order batsmen James Vince and Mark Stoneman retain their places, despite both players only averaging in the 20s in the recently concluded Ashes series against Australia.

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Livingstone, appointed Lancashire captain at the back end of previous year, was the headline inclusion in England's squad for their upcoming two-Test series in New Zealand.

"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". "After a frustrating period with injuries, Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our Test plans". However, Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran were dropped. "I wanted to work on different areas of my red-ball game, and I was able to do that for our first two weeks in Brisbane".

It seems insane to advocate a bowler who has returned the third most expensive figures in England's Test history on debut, but England desperately need a "proper" spinner overseas.

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