New Zealand seeks All Black magic against England

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An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman confirmed Stokes' remaining timetable to prove his fitness to bowl as well as bat when the two-Test series begins on Thursday.

After his debut in the day-night Test at Adelaide, he predicts exaggerated movement from the pink ball may again accelerate the contest here.

Here's everything you need to know as England complete the winter with against New Zealand in a two-match Test series.

'He's a great lad - I loved spending time with him in the Essex changing-room. "A lot of guys find it amusing, being a rugby field and with quite short dimensions".

Since 2001, the Kiwis won only three and lost 11 of the 19 Test matches they played against England.

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Wagner sees no problems with the pink ball, saying the same rules apply as when using a white or red ball.

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. "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", he said.

Asked if he was disappointed not to have opened the bowling in England's warm-ups in Hamilton last week, Broad's teeth were not discernibly gritted when he said: "To be honest I wasn't". I think it definitely does more in that twilight period over this part of the world than England. However he has 399 Test wickets and should become the 15th player to pass the 400-milestone at Eden Park.

Eden Park's short boundaries should favour batsmen, but that doesn't worry Wagner who had match figures of eight for 126 when New Zealand beat India at the ground in 2014 and took three wickets in a tense drawn Test against England the previous year.

All-rounder Stokes, who has been suffering with a stiff back since the end of England's one-day global series win over the Kiwis, had to test his fitness indoors on Monday after heavy showers put Auckland's Eden Park nets off limits.

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