Stuart Broad on track for Test recall after return to red-ball action in New Zealand
Last Updated: 28/02/13 9:38pm
Stuart Broad: No reaction to heel injury
Stuart Broad is confident he is ready to return to the Test arena despite taking only one wicket on the second day of England's warm-up match against a New Zealand XI.
Broad got through 15 overs without suffering any reaction to the troublesome heel injury that sidelined him over Christmas, and he claimed 1-35 as the home side reached 224-6 in reply to England's 426.
The Twenty20 captain was dropped for the third Test against India in December before flying home for treatment on his suspect heel, but he is keen to win back his place for next week's Test opener in Dunedin.
"It always takes a bit of getting used to but I got through the spells pretty well; it's an encouraging sign."
"The heel injury is still around. It's going to be around for quite a while," said Broad. "I do need to manage that. It still gets a bit tender towards the back-end of spells but that's to be expected.
"It always takes a bit of getting used to but I got through the spells pretty well; it's an encouraging sign.
"The build-up throughout this tour has been really good for me, starting with Twenty20 cricket, going into the one-day format - and now we have pretty much four back-to-back games.
"So the workload is going to be tough. But you just need to manage that well, and I feel like I'm doing that at the moment.
"My action feels really nice at the moment. I feel like I'm hitting the crease hard and getting some good bounce. I felt pretty unlucky not to pick up a wicket with that new ball. I had a few plays-and-misses and it nipped around a bit."
Fellow seamers Graham Onions and Chris Woakes also toiled hard for little reward in Queenstown, but Broad added: "As a bowling unit, I think we're pretty happy with how the day has gone.
"We kept it pretty tight and at the end of the day, six wickets from 74 overs you'd take against a pretty good side. We've got the new ball just around the corner, so we're in a decent position in this game."