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New Zealand have added experienced batsman Martin Guptill to their 13-man squad for the first test against England in Auckland, a day-nighter which starts on Thursday. "The team are looking forward to what will be a special match beginning on Thursday". Former US president Obama, a popular figure across the world, will be making his first trip to New Zealand and lands down under on March 21.

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Meanwhile, the extent of England allrounder Ben Stokes' bowling involvement in the test remains unclear despite a positive fitness test in Auckland on Monday.

Both sides will have their main training sessions of the test buildup at Eden Park on Tuesday. "A lot of guys find it amusing, being a rugby field and with quite short dimensions".

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Chris Woakes and Mark Wood were handed the new ball alongside James Anderson in England's warm-up games on the New Zealand tour and although a decision was yet to be made Broad was not anxious. "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", he said.

After 75 overs during an acclimatisation hit out in Hamilton last weekend the pink ball "still had the writing on, which is unheard of", Broad said.

"I think we're just going to be a bit more flexible", Broad told reporters.

However, just in case Taylor is ruled out of the match, New Zealand want to ensure they have adequate options as to who will take Taylor's spot in the playing XI.

Broad and James Anderson are expected to be joined in the attack by all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is reportedly anticipated to be fit enough to bowl despite back problems.

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