New Zealand v England Test series: how to follow the matches

New Zealand v England Test series: how to follow the matches

Javier Howell
March 24, 2018

After a closely fought ODI series, the New Zealand and England teams will face in a 2-match Test series that starts with the first ever D/N Test match on the New Zealand soil.

Eden Park's short boundaries should favour batsmen, but that doesn't worry Wagner who had match figures of eight for 126 when New Zealand beat India at the ground in 2014 and took three wickets in a tense drawn Test against England the previous year.

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He was subsequently forced to miss the fifth and final ODI, but it is likely that he will be fit for the first Test, which will be a day-night affair, in Auckland on March 22.

After his debut in the day-night Test at Adelaide, he predicts exaggerated movement from the pink ball may again accelerate the contest here.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's cricketers will be drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory.

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"I've got a great hunger to play".

England's chances of arresting their miserable away form in Test cricket, and trying to banish memories of this winter's 4-0 Ashes defeat, have been bolstered by Ben Stokes' apparent return to full fitness.

But Broad, needing one more wicket to join teammate James Anderson as the only England players with 400 Test dismissals, believes the pink ball has a life of its own in New Zealand. "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", he said.

All-rounder Stokes, who has been suffering with a stiff back since the end of England's one-day worldwide series win over the Kiwis, had to test his fitness indoors on Monday after heavy showers put Auckland's Eden Park nets off limits.

Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were handed the new ball alongside James Anderson in England's warm-up games on the New Zealand tour and although a decision was yet to be made Broad was not anxious.