Martin Guptill called in Kiwis squad as cover for injured Taylor

England coach Trevor Bayliss will cast his eye over Ben Stokes when he bowls at Eden Park on Monday

England have selection issues as they ponder the workload Ben Stokes can handle with a troublesome back, while New Zealand are sweating on injured senior batsman Ross Taylor and have former Test opener Martin Guptill on stand-by as a middle order option.

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.

He was subsequently forced to miss the fifth and final ODI, but it is likely that he will be fit for the first Test, which will be a day-night affair, in Auckland on March 22.

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.

In the first Test at Eden Park it will be Anderson and Broad who open the bowling - or Anderson and Chris Woakes.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's cricketers will be drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory.

After his debut in the day-night Test at Adelaide, he predicts exaggerated movement from the pink ball may again accelerate the contest here. "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", 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.

The Durham player seems to have recovered though and will step up his training ahead of the game at Eden Park.

Stokes, however, has been battling a back injury sustained while diving when fielding during the one-day series and pending a fitness test may just play as a batsman, necessitating the need for an extra bowler. At the time England took that third new ball in Sydney, Australia's score was 499 for four and the temperature way above 40 degrees.

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