Stokes, Livingstone in England cricket squad for NZ Tests

Anderson has led an England attack that is dominant at home

As such, the European Central Bank will be praying desperately not only for a competitive showing in the upcoming five ODIs against Australia, but also that Test results improve when the circus moves on to New Zealand. Live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website and app.

After surrendering the urn in a 4-0 series defeat, the tourists are hoping for a measure of revenge in the five-match series.

BBC Sport looks at why England can be considered favourites to win the series less than two years on from their miserable World Cup showing. "People are saying that Test cricket's becoming less important, but as players I don't think that's true at all".

The in-form Dawid Malan is the only member of the squad yet to play an ODI, with those coming in mostly experienced one-day players, including captain Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who will win his 100th cap at the MCG.

The contrast with Australian form is stark.

"The one-day side is very settled, with experienced individuals playing the way they want to play".

That may lead to Hales slotting in at number three, with Sam Billings vulnerable to any such switch.

WHEN England appointed Trevor Bayliss it was to achieve success in white-ball cricket as much as anything else.

"I know he felt as if he didn't quite have the rhythm but, certainly today, his control was magnificent", Morgan said.

England are now fourth in the one-day rankings - level on points with third-placed Australia and on the coat-tails of the top-two, South Africa and India - and are perfectly capable of achieving their dream of lifting the World Cup next year. During the same period, Australia reached 300 12 times in 50 matches, including 10 out of 23 matches batting first.

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

England rebranded their limited-overs game dramatically since they were last on these shores, the abject 2015 World Cup campaign which exposed some outdated ideas and became a watershed moment for the team.

A stomach bug continues to affect David Warner but the Australian vice-captain is expected to play in Sunday's one-day global series opener against England. It's still the toughest part of the game, and the format you get the most pleasure from succeeding in.

What? One-day global cricket is not more important than the Test-match version these days?

Although Stokes would have batted in the middle order, Chris Woakes, Willey, Plunkett and Rashid are all capable of providing crucial runs down the order.

Smith and Maxwell are reportedly not seeing eye to eye.

"Whatever's been thrown at me, I feel like I'm confident enough to play my shots, no matter what the standard", Harvey said. "It is astonishing - he would be my first player on the team sheet".

Smith said the meeting would "remain private" and maintained Maxwell's underperforming recent record at the worldwide level was behind his controversial axing.

Yet there has been little correlation between the results of recent Ashes series down under and the subsequent one-day series.

"We've got to go to New Zealand and take what we've learned from here and try and be better in that series".

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