England's Overton keen for Test return

Moeen Ali will play his 50th test against the Black Caps starting on Thursday

By the time England's series opener against New Zealand starts on Thursday, Stuart Broad will have been stuck on 399 Test wickets for 77 days.

Broad, just one wicket short of 400 in Tests as a two-match series against New Zealand begins in Auckland this week, still regards himself as a "streak bowler" who changes games in unstoppable spells. Former US president Obama, a popular figure across the world, will be making his first trip to New Zealand and lands down under on March 21.

England have retained much the same squad that lost the Ashes and Stokes' absence for that series was evident not just across the Tasman but when he returned to England's one-day side against New Zealand earlier this month.

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.

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




Broad has bought into a new fluidity of plans as England try to address their poor Test form of late away from home. "A lot of guys find it amusing, being a rugby field and with quite short dimensions".

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. "I've got that buzz back", he said.

After 75 overs during an acclimatisation hit out in Hamilton last weekend the pink ball "still had the writing on, which is unheard of", Broad said.

Broad is expected to drop down to first change bowler for England, leaving Anderson and Chris Woakes to take the new ball, with a question mark over the remainder of the England bowling line-up.

Cockermouth all-rounder Stokes, who has been suffering with a stiff back, had to test his fitness indoors yesterday after showers put Auckland's Eden Park nets off limits.

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