A file photo of Ross Taylor. Photograph:( Twitter )
The first Test match of a two-match series between England and New Zealand will start from March 22 at Eden Park, Auckland.
Ross Taylor, who had been battling a groin injury and a stomach bug is back in the playing squad as New Zealand received a boost on the eve of the first Test with confirmation that Taylor is fit to play.
Recently, Kane Williamson has confirmed that Todd Astle will come into the playing XI for Thursday.
New Zealand playing XI:
Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
Kane Williamson has confirmed Todd Astle will come into the playing XI for Thursday. Our XI - Latham, Raval, Williamson, Taylor, Nicholls, Watling, de Grandhomme, Astle, Southee, Wagner, Boult. #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/N95xkXrai6— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 21, 2018
Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, was also there in the squad of the second practice match.
Skipper Williamson reportedly said Taylor had completed a full training session without a problem.
He stated, "He's good to go so that's great news for us."
"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."
He mentioned about the new changes in the squad as Todd Astle would replace Mitchell Santner as the spinner in the side and BJ Watling would return as wicketkeeper.
The return of Ross Taylor in the playing XI means that Martin Guptill, who was included in the absence of Taylor will be snubbed.