Stokes returns for Poms in NZ Test
Auckland: England were guarded over whether injury-hit Ben Stokes would bowl against New Zealand when he makes his Test comeback from suspension on Friday.
Speaking on Wednesday, ahead of the first day-night Test to be held in New Zealand, captain Joe Root said the all-rounder would "play a part" but would not discuss what role he would fill.
"There's still stuff that needs to come out of today to be very sure of that," Root said, when asked whether Stokes, 26, had recovered sufficiently from a back strain to bowl normally.
"But I'm quite happy that Ben will play a part in the game." Stokes, suspended after a nightclub incident last September which left him facing a charge of affray, was sorely missed by England in their 4-0 trouncing by Australia in the Ashes series.
He returned to international cricket in the recent limited-overs series against New Zealand, which England won 3-2, but has been hampered by back stiffness.
Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said senior batsman Ross Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, had been passed fit after recovering from a groin injury and stomach bug.
"He's good to go so that's great news for us," Williamson said.
"Roscoe has played beautifully every time he's walked out to the crease, the calmness at the crease, the confidence.
"It's reflected in how much success he's had this year. It's important for us as a team that he's there."
The clash at Auckland's Eden Park will be the ninth day-night Test but the first to be played in New Zealand.
Williamson described it as a "slightly unique and an exciting opportunity", but was aware the teams were heading into the unknown.
"There is probably a danger of over complicating some of the finer parts of the pink game," he said.