New Zealand cricketers seek All Black magic against England

Nothing, it is said, is certain in cricket but England, for an absolute certainty, will have a new new-ball pair in New Zealand's inaugural day-night Test on Thursday.

Stuart Broad is unsure whether he will be given the new ball in England's Test series with New Zealand but feels ready to do damage after working on his action. Black Caps' Twitter account dished out a humble invite to former United States President Barack Obama to attend the opening Test that begins on Thursday at Eden Park.

"If he comes through, which he is expected to, he will bowl in the Auckland Test".

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.

The history of day-night Tests, using a pink ball, favours the home side who have won seven of the eight matches played so far.

"That's how I've played my cricket, and (it) actually influenced some of the changes I made in February". "A lot of guys find it amusing, being a rugby field and with quite short dimensions. It's a pretty special place and when you walk out there you get goosebumps".

'Obviously, it was frustrating after the injury in Perth, but you've got to bounce back from that, ' said Overton.

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.

Asked if he was disappointed not to have opened the bowling in England's warm-ups in Hamilton last week, Broad's teeth were not discernibly gritted when he said: "To be honest I wasn't".

Prior to the Test matches, New Zealand and England played a five-match ODI series which went down to the wire before England triumphed 3-2.

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.

  • Stacy Allen