All-rounder Ben Stokes has also been included in the squad but his participation will depend on the outcome of the case following his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September a year ago.
England test squad: Joe Root (c, Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).More news: US embassy tries to calm Africa's Trump outrage
Livingstone eschewed the option of participating in various domestic T20 leagues this winter, instead travelling to Australia with the England Lions, which had the added bonus of experiencing Ashes cricket first hand as he attended the first day of the series at the Gabba. "He's been good for me".
He said: "It's something I haven't coped well with in the past when I've not been quite 100 per cent. It will be nice to get in and around that and hopefully show what I can do".
"I'd rather be honest now than play and not do myself justice". Ball played in the first match at the Gabba and then was not seen again while Curran, a late call-up, was ineffectual in his two Tests at the MCG and SCG.More news: New England Patriots: Alan Branch's return is key to slowing Derrick Henry
While training with the Lions in Queensland, Livingstone was able to attend the first day of the Ashes at the Gabba, an experience which heightened his desire to play Test cricket.
"The worry for me is there's a lot of cricketers I think at the moment playing county cricket who are not looking or ambitious enough to think, "Right, hang on a minute, I want to play cricket for England".
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave an official warning to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in relation to the "poor" rating given to the pitch for the fourth Ashes Test.More news: Disney announces new Star Wars: Rivals action shooter for Android and iOS
"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that". He played extremely well'. I'm just another umpire.