Ross Taylor to play in first Test against England

Ross Taylor to play in first Test against England

The clash at Auckland's Eden Park will be the ninth day-night Test but the first to be played in New Zealand.Williamson described it as a "slightly unique and an exciting opportunity", but was aware the teams were heading into the unknown."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 and times of day."There's definitely some unknowns".

Joe Root's side face a tricky task against a skilled team, led by the brilliant batsman Kane Williamson, in a day/night Test at the famous Eden Park, which will feature a pink ball and floodlights and could mean testing conditions for the batting side.

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.

Stokes' previous demerit points were picked up between October 2016 and September 2017, and will remain for a period of 24 months.

Legspinner Todd Astle has replaced the injured Mitchell Santner, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling has recovered from a hip injury and returned in place of Tom Blundell, who played the series against West Indies in December.

"He (Taylor) is good to go, so that's great news for us", Williamson said.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who picked up a back injury during the one-day series, was confirmed in the England team, with Craig Overton coming as an extra bowler in case Stokes is unable to bowl during the test.

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

Now that Root has his key performer back, he wants him to stay.

"We have to be quite careful and make sure he is absolutely ready and be quite flexible with how we use him, especially in the first Test". It was a task they conspicuously failed to accomplish during the Ashes series, when Steve Smith was so dominant for Australia.

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

"It has been a tough winter until now, but we have two Test matches to put a different stamp on it and change our momentum".

He was also withdrawn from a first-class match after the limited overs series to ensure he was fit for the first match under lights in New Zealand.

"Ross has been playing beautifully well every time he's walked to the crease", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said of Taylor's return.