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Broad wary of dangerous New Zealand

February 08, 2013 15:04:14 UK

England captain Stuart Broad is refusing to under-estimate New Zealand in the three-match Twenty20 series, which begins in Auckland on Saturday.

Stuart Broad was injured for much of the recent tour of India.

The Black Caps have struggled at Test level recently, losing eight of their last ten five-day encounters, but remain a formidable outfit in the shorter forms of the game.

New Zealand won a one-day series in South Africa last month and are 2.10 to get off to a winning start against England on Saturday while Broad's team can be backed at 1.72 to triumph.

They have reached the semi-finals of the last two 50-over World Cup tournaments and have won 27 of their 62 T20 internationals,

"New Zealand have big dangers with the white ball," Broad said. "They have been one of the best teams in that format for a number of years. We know the dangers they offer but we have played some really good stuff.

"I think it's important we break it down just to a series on its own. We are quite a long way from the next World Cup and in different conditions as well.

"We are here just to win these three games and make sure we put in strong performances. We've got a new coach in Ashley Giles. He's got some good ideas and guys are really excited and have been fantastic in training."

Broad can be backed at 4.00 to be England's top bowler in Saturday's T20 clash.

England (from): SCJ Broad (Captain), AD Hales, MJ Lumb, LJ Wright, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler (wkt), JM Bairstow, SR Patel, CR Woakes, JC Tredwell, ST Finn, JW Dernbach.

New Zealand (from): B McCullum (Captain, wkt), H Rutherford, M Guptill, R Taylor, C Munro, J Franklin, A Ellis, N McCullum, T Boult, R Hira, M McClenaghan, J Neesham

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