New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor fit to play in first…

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor fit to play in first…

The Test at Eden Park will be the first that will be under lights with a pink ball in New Zealand, although it will be the ninth overall in world cricket.

"There is probably a danger of over complicating some of the finer parts of the pink-ball game", he said, pointing to variable characteristics at different stages of the ball, times of day and in different climates.

Williamson said the team had adapted their training sessions to get used to the pink ball for the day-night test but added that it would be more a case of the players learning how to deal with conditions during the match. Crucial. Wants to make first use of the conditions, but doesn't think the pitch will deteriorate too much.

Williamson said Todd Astle would replace Mitchell Santner as the spinner in the side and BJ Watling would return as wicketkeeper.

"He's feeling good, good to go, that's great news for us".

The 26-year-old has not played for the Test team since September.

Root said he wanted to be sure that Stokes would be available to play for a run of matches.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

New Zealand are likely to make two changes from their last Test, against the West Indies.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain puts down a catch in his civvies. He is concerned at England's test cricket slide
Philip Brown Former England captain Nasser Hussain puts down a catch in his civvies. He is concerned at England's test cricket slide

Indeed, judgments on the first 18 months of Joe Root's captaincy will be made at the end of this summer in part on his performances against three of his peers in the elite group of batsmen- captains bestriding the game at present: he has already been outplayed by Smith in Australia, ...

"It is a huge boost to have him coming back into the team".

The two-Test series is Root's side's first since their heavy Ashes defeat in Australia.

But now for the big one, the two test series against England.

"Ben will have to be on his best behaviour", Root said.

New Zealand squad: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling (wk), Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

England quick bowler Stuart Broad, meanwhile, believed the first day-night cricket Test on New Zealand soil could be decided in "one mad hour" - less time than it takes for a rugby match.

Stokes suffered back stiffness after the one-day series earlier this month and if there is any doubt he can fill a full bowler's role then England could be tempted to drop a batsman, possibly James Vince, to bring in an extra pace bowler.


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