Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We'll Need to Battle for Victory, Predicts Broad; Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We'll Need to Battle for Victory, Predicts Broad; Cricket

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STUART Broad predicts his England Twenty20 team will have to be at their very best to beat New Zealand in the three-match series starting at Eden Park tomorrow.

Broad is back to lead his country after missing their last two Twenty20 international matches before Christmas in India because of his heel injury as well as last month's five one-day internationals there last month.

The pace bowler accepts he can only "manage" the pain in his left heel, caused by a lacerated fat-pad - an unusual injury and one for which there is no known treatment.

Broad has, however, shown no ill-effects in taking back-to-back three-wicket hauls in England's two warm-up matches against a New Zealand XI in Whangarei.

Those fixtures resulted in one comfortable victory and one narrow defeat.

But Broad demonstrated his well-being, as did several frontline batsmen - and the captain is confident in England's abilities, against opponents he respects nonetheless. …

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