Williamson: Taylor good to go for first Test

Aubrey Yates
March 22, 2018

"He's good to go so that's great news for us", said Williamson.

Another offence at Eden Park will activate an automatic one-match suspension. "It's important for us as a team that he's there".

Williamson described the Day-Night Test as a "slightly unique and an exciting opportunity", but did not want to over-think the possible pitfalls of heading into the unknown.

Despite plenty of discussion around how the pink ball will perform Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said his side would look to avoid the "danger of overcomplicating the pink ball game". "There's definitely some unknowns".

Of course, all eyes will be on the pink ball and whether or not it will zip around under lights in the final session, as it has historically in other grounds around the world.

There are heaps of different stats, but there are still unknowns.

But Williamson said: "The sample size of pink-ball cricket is fairly small".

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Leg-spinning allrounder Todd Astle was recalled to the team for his third test and first since 2016, replacing Mitchell Santner who is injured.

Stokes returned to England duty after a five-month absence last month in the one-day series against New Zealand.

Follow live updates as the Eden Park day-night test between the Black Caps and England gets underway.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling also returns to the lineup after overcoming a hip injury which has prevented him from keeping wicket in recent first-class matches.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who picked up a back injury during the one-day series, was confirmed in the England team, with Craig Overton coming as an extra bowler in case Stokes is unable to bowl during the test. Stokes missed the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia while he was waiting to hear if he would be charged following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

"There's still stuff that needs to come out of today to be very sure of that", said Root, when asked whether Stokes, 26, had recovered sufficiently from a back strain to bowl normally.

Indeed, judgments on the first 18 months of Joe Root's captaincy will be made at the end of this summer in part on his performances against three of his peers in the elite group of batsmen- captains bestriding the game at present: he has already been outplayed by Smith in Australia, ... In a pink-ball warmup match in Hamilton, England lost 14 wickets in a day against an attack which contained none of New Zealand's test bowlers.

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