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England seamer Stuart Broad is looking forward to taking on New Zealand on home soil

England's Stuart Broad says nothing is more important than the first hour of play on Thursday despite the huge summer ahead.

Stuart Broad: All set for a busy summer of cricket

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Stuart Broad insists England are fully prepared for the first match of their two-Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lord's on Thursday.

The Nottinghamshire fast bowler is aware of how important this summer is with the Champions Trophy and Ashes series to come later.

Broad, 26, is now looking ahead to taking on the Black Caps at home after the sides played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw in New Zealand earlier in the year.

"We're very focused and we know we have a big job on our hands," he told Sky Sports News. "New Zealand played fantastically well in New Zealand and we were a little under par but we are very determined to put that right.

"We've got a huge summer ahead of us, but nothing more important than the first hour here on Thursday.

"We know the challenges New Zealand offer, we know they're a tough fighting team, but we know that we can perform better (than in New Zealand).

"We're a team that are hard to beat. We haven't been beaten so that's we can take very positively out of that series and hope we can perform a little bit better here."

Broad is keen for England to regain their ruthless streak.

"It's little basic things, making sure the bowlers can put six balls in the right area, making sure our catches are taken and making sure we build big scores in our first innings," he said.

"We've shown the character we need to save test matches when we haven't been right, but we need to show the character to go and get 450 in the first innings because that's where the positivity comes out of test matches, that's where you set up Test matches and not have to save them at the end."

You can watch England take on New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 10am on Thursday.

England v New Zealand Test series - predict the outcome

  • 0-0
  • 1-0 to England
  • 1-0 to New Zealand
  • 1-1
  • 2-0 to England
  • 2-0 to New Zealand

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