Despite some injury concerns, New Zealand short-ball specialist Neil Wagner was focused on performing at the Eden Park fortress where the All Blacks are unbeaten in 40 rugby Tests dating back to 1994.
The 31-year-old has been refining his bowling action as he looks to recapture the game-changing hot streaks which have been a feature of his career.
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Bright showings in the subsequent one-day worldwide series wins over Australia and New Zealand have been good for his self-belief. "You've got to make sure you put it in the right areas", he said. But I've just spoken to Trev (Bayliss) and certainly no decision has been made for Thursday.
The towering quick admitted his rib issue came at just the wrong time but said he'd successfully returned to full fitness - despite missing one two-day warm-up against New Zealand in Hamilton with a quad niggle - and hoped to play in Auckland.
Broad is expected to drop down to first change bowler for England, leaving Anderson and Chris Woakes to take the new ball, with a question mark over the remainder of the England bowling line-up. I think it definitely does more in that twilight period over this part of the world than England.More news: That Bottled Water You're Drinking May Contain Tiny Particles of Plastic
What of that all-important next wicket, though? I've had a tough Ashes tour; I've got a lot of hunger to get in this England team, stay in it and have a lot of success.
"Of course, it would be a very nice club to join - but it's been a long time coming over the last six months".
Coughlin joined Nottinghamshire from Durham on a three-year deal last September, butlanded awkwardly while fielding in the Lions' unofficial one-day worldwide against West Indies in Antigua on March 11.
Moores said: "It's obviously a very serious injury and we are not going to see him for a while, but in physio James Pipe and all the medical staff he's in the best hands, and hopefully the surgery goes well".
"I feel like my confidence is slowly getting back".