June 24, 2018

Zealand seek All Black magic against England

22 March 2018, 01:35 | Donald Newman

Guptill named in New Zealand squad as cover for Taylor

Batting isn't a problem for Ben Stokes but whether he can play a full part as an all-rounder in Auckland remains up

New Zealand have added Martin Guptill to their Test squad as a potential replacement for veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who is nursing a thigh injury.

Having made his Test debut in an Adelaide Oval day-night match, Overton will take part in the first ever day-night Test on Kiwi soil if chosen to play.

Despite only taking 11 wickets at 47.72 during England's 4-0 defeat in The Ashes in Australia, Broad is still confident that he can cause problems against the Black Caps.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has not taken a five-wicket haul in over two years but the 31-year-old is optimistic his career is on the brink of another surge in the two-test series against New Zealand.

New Zealand's last Test series win against England came in 1999. However he has 399 Test wickets and should become the 15th player to pass the 400-milestone at Eden Park. "It's a pretty special place and when you walk out there you get goosebumps". "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", he said.

Should Joe Root, the England captain, continue his plans from the warm-ups, then Broad will come on as first change after Jimmy Anderson and Chris Woakes, thus ending his long-standing new-ball partnership with the former.

After 75 overs during an acclimatisation hit out in Hamilton last weekend the pink ball "still had the writing on, which is unheard of", Broad said.

However, just in case Taylor is ruled out of the match, New Zealand want to ensure they have adequate options as to who will take Taylor's spot in the playing XI.

"I think we're just going to be a bit more flexible", Broad told reporters.

All-rounder Ben Stokes is on track to bowl in Thursday's first Test after coming through a net session "without any issues" from his stiff back.

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