3/21/2018 5:51:22 AM

Black Cap Taylor fit for first Test against England

Black Cap Taylor fit for first Test against England

Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand received a boost Wednesday, on the eve of the first Test against England at Auckland's Eden Park, with confirmation senior batsman Ross Taylor is fit to play.

Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, had been battling a groin injury and a stomach bug but captain Kane Williamson said he had completed a full training session without problem.

"He's good to go so that's great news for us," Williamson said. "Roscoe has played beautifully every time he's walked out to the crease, the calmness at the crease, the confidence.

The clash will be the ninth day-night Test and the first to be played in New Zealand.

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

"There is probably a danger of over complicating some of the finer parts of the pink-ball game," he said. "There's definitely some unknowns. There's a lot of talk about the evening session and the condition of the ball in that time."

New Zealand are likely to make two changes from their last Test, against the West Indies.

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