Blackcaps batsman Ross Taylor will play day-night Test against England


England captain Joe Root says the return of Ben Stokes to the side is a "huge boost" ahead of their two-Test series against New Zealand, which gets underway live on Sky Sports Cricket from midnight (Thursday 12am GMT).

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

Here's the thing about the cricket match the Black Caps and England will play over five days from Thursday at Eden Park.

Stokes was unavailable through the majority of the winter, waiting until the new year to hear he would be charged with affray following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

"Just the calmness, the confidence and it's reflected in how much success he's had this year, but probably every other year as well".

Sri Lanka are the only team to win a day-night Test away when they beat Pakistan by 68 runs in Dubai past year.

Craig Overton, who made his debut in the Ashes before suffering a rib injury, will come into the team for the day-night Test match.

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He scored 181 not out in the fourth game in Dunedin and has not played since. "It's important for us as a team that he's there".

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's a lot of talk about the evening session and the condition of the ball in that time."There's heaps of different stats but there's still unknowns". "There's definitely some unknowns".

One of the biggest questions about the first test of a two-test series is how the pink ball will perform in New Zealand conditions.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor celebrates his 17th Test hundred against the West Indies.

Leg-spinning allrounder Todd Astle has been recalled to the team for his third test, and first since 2016, replacing the injured Mitchell Santner, while wicketkeeper B.J. Watling returns to the line-up after overcoming a hip injury. 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.

He returned to worldwide cricket in the recent limited-overs series against New Zealand, which England won 3-2, but has been hampered by back stiffness.

England have played under lights twice in the past year, beating the West Indies at Edgbaston before losing to Australia in Adelaide.