Stokes on track to be able to bowl in first Test

24 March, 2018, 04:38 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Batting isn't a problem for Ben Stokes but whether he can play a full part as an all-rounder in Auckland remains up

Thursday's match will be New Zealand's first day-night test, with the first ball scheduled for 2pm.

"He's always great for the team", Moeen said of Stokes, who is trying to prove his bowling fitness before the first Test starts on Thursday afternoon in Auckland but is expected to play even if he can not bowl.

With all the pre-season attention going to the halo in the auto, the focus finally shifts to racing as the drivers would be keen to put their best foot forward right away. If Taylor isn't fit to play, Guptill will take the middle order slot in the batting order.

Having made his Test debut in an Adelaide Oval day-night match, Overton will take part in the first ever day-night Test on Kiwi soil if chosen to play. "It's where I need to be as a cricketer, and I hope that will come to fruition in the foreseeable future".

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.

England's off-spinning all-rounder has a damaged finger and sore shoulder.


"It is far from ideal that he (Stokes) is going to be missing that Lord's Test match but I still think he has got a full role to play this summer".

"I'm sure quite a few of the guys want to put that right and confidence is sky-high now".

Moores said: "It's obviously a very serious injury and we are not going to see him for a while, but in physio James Pipe and all the medical staff he's in the best hands, and hopefully the surgery goes well".

"To think Jimmy has got more than 500 test wickets is pretty incredible really and I've been standing at mid-on for a lot of them I think", Broad said.

One more wicket in Auckland will make him the second Englishman behind Anderson to enter the 400-wicket club and Broad paid glowing tributes to the side's most potent weapon.

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