Moeen Ali is being rested for England’s T20 Tri-Series with Australia and New Zealand next month.
The Worcestershire all-rounder is one of England’s three-format players and will sit out the series from February 7 to 21 along with Jonny Bairstow.
Moeen will feature in the five match ODI series against Australia from January 14 to 28 which follows on from the Ashes.
He will then get a chance to recharge the batteries in what is a demanding winter of cricket before his expected return for the touring party for the series against the Black Caps.
The squad for the Test series against New Zealand will be announced tomorrow.
The England squad left this country at the end of October and, for players involved in all formats, they could theoretically not return to these shores until the start of April.
It is therefore no surprise that the likes of Moeen, Bairstow and Test skipper Joe Root – who all play three formats – would be given the occasional break from action.