BREAKING NEWS: England select Stokes for New Zealand Tests

Ben Stokes has been selected in England's squad to face New Zealand in a two-Test series starting in March, "subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments".

The all-rounder played no part in the 4-0 Ashes defeat at the hands of Australia due to an ongoing police investigation into a late-night incident in Bristol back in September.

He is the subject of an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspension as he waits to hear whether he will be charged for his involvement.

The 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and subsequently released under investigation without charge.

Stokes flew to New Zealand late last year for a stint with Canterbury but returned home shortly before Christmas.

James Vince keeps his place in the squad despite averaging less than 27 in the Ashes, while Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone has been called up for the first time.

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