Guptill to play first England Test if Taylor stays unfit


Martin Guptill has been added to the New Zealand squad for the first Test against England as a cover for Ross Taylor.

Play is scheduled to start at 1am GMT (2pm local time) for the day-night pink-ball Test in Auckland and 10pm GMT (11am local time) for the second fixture in Christchurch.

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The right-arm paceman has 399 wickets as he enters the day-night test at Eden Park in Auckland from Thursday after a disappointing 2017.

"But just the history of it, knowing Richie McCaw and those guys ran out there and won a (rugby) World Cup". He also played only one game in the Plunket Shield this season.

However, just in case Taylor is ruled out of the match, New Zealand want to ensure they have adequate options as to who will take Taylor's spot in the playing XI.

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Stuart Broad believes his England Test career is set for another trademark surge of wickets after a back-to-basics spell of self-tuition to solve problems with his bowling 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.

'Obviously, it was frustrating after the injury in Perth, but you've got to bounce back from that, ' said Overton. "It consistently seems to do more and I can't put my finger on it at all".

"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.

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

After England edged a fantastic ODI series 3-2, it is on to the Tests and another intriguing contest is expected as Joe Root's side look to bounce back after their Ashes humbling.