Stuart Broad and Luke Wright dispel injury doubts ahead of New Zealand tour
Last Updated: February 4, 2013 8:37am
Stuart Broad: Came through practice session on Sunday without trouble
Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad and batsman Luke Wright were able to prove their fitness ahead of England's tour opener against a New Zealand XI on Monday.
Another wet morning at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei again curtailed England's practice session but Wright, who hurt his hand in Saturday's fielding drills, batted without significant discomfort.
Broad, still recovering from a bruised heel, was able to bowl outdoors for the second time on tour but the captain's injury will continue to be monitored.
However, the indications from England are that both he and Wright will be fit to take part in the 20-over clash against opposition including former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor.
While the tourists will have to be wary of the big-hitting Taylor, England opener Alex Hales is eager to make his own mark on the tour as soon as possible.
"Obviously it will be a little bit different here to the subcontinent, but I can't see the conditions being too dissimilar to what we're used to in England," he said.
Hales added: "Obviously, we want to come out and put in a really strong performance in the warm-up games," he said.
"At the same time, we want to make sure we get our basics right - so that when it matters we're really on form. I think these matches are very important, to try to get the team gelled together.
"A few of the senior guys are coming back in, who missed out on India. So it's a good opportunity for us to get together. A few of the senior guys are coming back in, who missed out on India. So it's a good opportunity for us to get together."