The Future of Australian Cricket

Alex Hales

Alex Hales of England

The Test leg of this lengthy three-format tour ended with a 4-0 home win and the Ashes safely back on Australian soil and Stoinis hopes the change from five days to 50 overs does not lead to a shift in momentum.

OK, the tongue may be firmly in cheek here, and it is Twenty20 cricket that we Test lovers really should be anxious about, but that should not hide any kernels of truth, with this part of the winter always representing England's likeliest prospect of success.

The newly-appointed Lancashire captain, 24, will join up with Joe Root's men for the two-match New Zealand series in March after impressing in county cricket and for the England Lions over the past two years. Roy will open with Jonny Bairstow with Hales batting at three, pushing Joe Root down to four and captain Eoin Morgan to five.

But the biggest news in cricket in recent years has been the success of T20 cricket - a shorter, more intense version of the game.

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Persistent injuries have kept the Durham quick, who is capable of the kind of express pace Root's side so conspicuously lacked in the past few months, to just 10 Test caps since debuting in May 2015.He is now with England's limited-overs squad as they look to exact a measure of revenge for the Ashes.

"I'm so excited to get out there and show what I can do".

The 24-year-old told the European Central Bank website: "The Twenty20 was a good experience for me, but my red-ball game is totally different".

The Lions training camp also gave Livingstone a close-up view of Ashes cricket in Australia - including attending the first day of the first Test at the 'Gabba. Test Match cricket is the pinnacle and something that every player works towards throughout their career.

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"To see the amount of interest out there, it was quite exciting", he said. T20 is great for the sport and it brings in the viewers.

"A lot of our guys didn't play in the Ashes, so we're full of energy and full of beans".

"It's a massive challenge against one of the best teams in the world, we're looking forward to doing battle with them and trying to take this series".

Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple added, "It is fantastic news that Liam has been named in the England Test squad for the series against New Zealand". Form book points to England to avenge their Ashes humbling? "They are talented players and I am sure their time will come again".

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