Running repairs give Stuart Broad belief he can cause damage

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All-rounder Ben Stokes' probable return is likely to be a major determinant in the makeup of his under-fire England team as New Zealand enters the pink ball era with their first day-night Test at home at Eden Park starting on Thursday.

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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.

Broad laboured through England's 4-0 Ashes defeat this winter, but is adamant he is back on track.

"I love playing at Eden Park", he said Tuesday.

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Astle has played just two previous Tests and bowled only four overs when he last played a Test match against Pakistan in November, 2016. "A lot of guys find it amusing, being a rugby field and with quite short dimensions".

Alternatively, download our app for iOS and Android users to get your live scores on waking or while you're having your morning coffee. "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", he said.

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. "We're going to try and be a bit more flexible".

Commenting on Stokes' chances to play in the opening Test, an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) spokesperson said, "His plan is to bowl tomorrow and on Wednesday outdoors.If he comes through, which he is expected to, he will bowl in the Auckland Test".

For England, Ben 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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