It “is only a matter of time” before England captain Joe Root rediscovers his best form, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said ahead of the second Test at Hamilton.
Dom Sibley will make his England debut in the first Test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was not surprised by the abolition of the boundary countback rule that led to England being crowned World Cup winners in July.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead is pondering whether to “fight fire with fire” and hand Lockie Ferguson his Test bow in an attempt to combat the threat of England gunslinger Jofra Archer.
New Zealand paceman Lockie Ferguson is confident he can cause “a little bit of anxiety” in England’s batsman if he is given his Test debut in Mount Maunganui next week.
James Vince’s maiden Twenty20 international half-century carried England to a commanding seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in Christchurch in the teams’ first meeting since the dramatic World Cup final.