It will be more complicated for several England players if Stokes can not bowl in the first Test and plays simply as a batsman - and dynamic fielder.
Captain Root appropriately tops the charts after dropping himself down to number six but duly adding 115 on the final day of the second tour match against a New Zealand XI at Seddon Park to his unbeaten half-century against the pink ball in the first.
The scheduled close of play for that match will be 13:30 IST, which marks the start of the day for the other Test.
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Stokes also missed the Ashes series in Australia which England lost 4-0.
The England all-rounder is approaching a landmark he never thought would be within his capabilities, against New Zealand in Auckland this week. Then it was back to New Zealand, a decade after his storied partnership with James Anderson was born. I've got a lot of hunger to get in this England team, stay in this England team and have a lot of success - and that certainly includes the next Ashes series.
"I think my action had fallen into a place where it needed repairing, after bowling so much to left-handers round the wicket - in training and in matches. There's still a chance I could take the new ball", Broad was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "I'm in a place now where I feel like I can do quite a bit of damage as a bowler again", he added. I loved it, taking it back to the basics, getting away from all the technical side of cricket and just going back to what you did as a kid - trying things, playing with things.
"His plan is to bowl tomorrow and on Wednesday outdoors", he said.
"First off I've got a huge desire to make an impact in this team because it's been a little bit of time and there's been a bit of uncertainty as to where that lies with me", he told Sky Sports News.
Last September's incident in Bristol and the legal process that followed kept Stoke's out of England's embarassing and unsuccessful Ashes tour of Australia.
"I felt like I had energy in my legs".
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