New Zealand v England: Broad is back to his best, declares Cook

New Zealand v England: Alastair Cook believes that Stuart Broad is back to his best form after second Test ends in a draw

Alastair Cook believes that Stuart Broad is back to his best form, after the second Test in New Zealand ended in a draw with the final day washed out.

Broad has been hampered by a persistent heel injury and a chronic loss of form since South Africa’s tour of England last summer, but the England captain believes the bowler is turning the corner following his scalp of 6-51 in New Zealand’s first innings in Wellington.

“He’s certainly back to his best. He ran in as well as I’ve seen him for a while,” said Cook. “He’s always had the ability to do that.

“In the Ashes 2009 – it might have been his first ‘five-for’ – he did it there.

“It was great to see him delivering again like that. I think that’s his seventh ‘five-for’.

“I think he’s fully confident now with his heel, and it’s great to have a senior bowler back.”

England must now defeat New Zealand in the third and final Test which begins in Auckland on Friday, with the series deadlocked after two weather-affected draws.

“It’s now a one-match Test series,” said Cook.

“Let’s hope we’re set fair for five days, and we can actually get a result.

“Both sides will just want to play five days in a one-off match – and the best side will win.”

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