New Zealand v England: We’re in a strong position, says Stuart Broad

New Zealand v England: Stuart Broad says the tourists look good after limited New Zealand XI to 224-6 on day two in Queensland

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Stuart Broad believes England are in a “strong position” to win their warm-up match after limiting New Zealand XI to 224-6 on day two in Queenstown on Thursday.

The tourists posted 426 in their first innings, with Ian Bell adding 31 runs to his tally from Wednesday before eventually being dismissed for 148.

In reply, New Zealand’s Hamish Rutherford produced a knock of 90 before Chris Woakes bowled the opener, while Graeme Swann took the late wicket of Jimmy Neesham as the hosts finished on 224-6.

“It was a good workout for us and to pick up those two wickets in the last two overs has put us in a really strong position,” said Broad.

“Hopefully we can knock over the last four wickets before lunch on Friday. It’s a four-day game so that gives us extra time to get a result.

Broad, who has recently recovered from a heel injury, insisted he was feeling in good shape after dismissing New Zealand’s Carl Cahopa for six runs – the bowler’s first Test wicket of 2013.

He added: “The heel feels pretty good. It still needs managing but it should be fine for next week. I’m feeling good and happy with the way I bowled.”

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