Stuart Broad 'ready to do some damage' against New Zealand

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

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

The trio look at what to expect as Eden Park hosts the first day-night Test in New Zealand between what Athers believes are two well-matched sides and whether pink ball Tests will help to revitalise the longest format in New Zealand, leading to a discussion about the state of Test cricket worldwide.

England cricketer Stuart Broad warns New Zealand that he is ready to do damage in their first Test match on Thursday.

Alastair Cook's friendly reunion with New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner will have to be put on hold when the serious business of the first Test starts in Auckland.

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.

'He's a great lad - I loved spending time with him in the Essex changing-room.

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Subscribe to the IOL Sport Newsletter! . Broad admitted, however, he is desperate to get that 400th wicket to become the second England bowler to reach that landmark after Anderson; and he fancies he could have another of his hot streaks soon, now he has rectified his action; and he likes the pink Kookaburra balls so much that England could win this Test by having "a mad hour" with it.

However, his hopes of doing so haven't progressed well thus far as injuries have resulted in him only playing one Plunket Shield game for Auckland, where he batted at No. 3.

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

Stokes was able to bowl as well as bat in the nets on Tuesday, without discomfort from his stiff back, and his return to Test cricket as England's fully-fledged go-to all-rounder is on track again.

"I've just got that feeling, something in my stomach that tells me my career is about to take off a bit", said Broad, whose last five-wicket haul came in early 2016 with his series-sealing six for 17 against South Africa in Johannesburg.

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