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England refrains from major changes for NZ tests

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London, Jan 11 (AP) - England's cricket selectors refrained Wednesday from a radical shakeup of the test squad despite a 4-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.
England called up Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone and returning paceman Mark Wood in its 16-man squad for the two-match test series in New Zealand in March.
Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran were the only absentees from the group of players led by captain Joe Root in Australia.
Ballance did not feature in the series, Ball featured only in the first test and Curran was a late addition to the squad before turning out in Melbourne and Sydney.
England play two warm-up matches in Hamilton before its winter schedule finally comes to a close with tests in Auckland on March 22 and Christchurch on March 30.
As has been the case with the last three squad announcements, Ben Stokes appears with a caveat next to his name, as the all-rounder waits to find out if he will be charged by the Crown Prosecution Service following an incident outside an English nightclub on Sept. 25.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said: "His involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or discipli-nary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September."