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England have dropped Wicket Keeper Matt Prior for the series in New Zealand despite his good form with the bat during the Sri Lankan tour. Matt Prior batted exceptionally well during the tour but few spilled chances behind the stumps has caused him to lose his spot in the England team. Warwickshire wicket keeper Tim Ambrose has been added to the squad along with Phil Mustard who was the wicket keeper during the England vs Sri Lanka One-day series which was won by England 3-2.
Andrew Strauss has been called into the side after missing the Sri Lankan tour. He is really an elegant batsman but was earlier dropped from the England Test team due to lack of form. His inclusion to the side will add bit more experience to the side. In New Zealand, Strauss will open the batting with Alistair Cook who was the only batsman to score a century for England during the Sri Lankan tour. Michael Vaughan will bat at No.3 and Ian Bell drops in to No.6. I personally like Ian Bell bat above the order but there is not much options I guess.
Ravi Bopara too loses his Test spot after a poor start to his Test Career in Sri Lanka but has been included in the One-day squad.
England's one-day squad to tour New Zealand:
P, Collingwood (Durham, capt), T Ambrose (Warks), J Anderson (Lancs), I Bell (Warks), R Bopara (Essex), S Broad (Notts), A Cook (Essex), D Mascarenhas (Hants), P Mustard (Durham), K Pietersen (Hants), O Shah (Middx), R Sidebottom (Notts), G Swann (Notts), J Tredwell (Kent), C Tremlett (Hants), L Wright (Sussex).
England's Test squad to tour New Zealand:
M Vaughan (Yorks, capt), T Ambrose (Warks), J Anderson (Lancs), I Bell (Warks), S Broad (Notts), P Collingwood (Durham), A Cook (Essex), S Harmison (Durham), M Hoggard (Yorks), P Mustard (Durham), M Panesar (Northants), K Pietersen (Hants), O Shah (Middx), R Sidebottom (Notts), A Strauss (Middx), G Swann (Notts).