Daily Mail UK – Mark Stoneman admits he doubted himself after struggling through a chastening Ashes but is determined to prove he can succeed at the highest level against New Zealand in what could well be his last Test chance.

Summary

  • Mark Stoneman admits he doubted himself after struggling through a chastening Ashes but is determined to prove he can succeed at the highest level against New Zealand in what could well be his last Test chance.
  • England have handed Stoneman another opportunity to open alongside Alastair Cook in the two Tests here in Auckland and Christchurch and he knows, at 30, that time is running out for him to carve out an international future.
  • There have been moments of class from Stoneman while making three half centuries in his eight Tests, five against the top quality Australian attack, but he needs to make a hundred against New Zealand to be sure of an England future.
  • ‘I’m hungry for runs and I feel I’ve got it in me to really perform at this level,’ said Stoneman as England began their Test preparations here yesterday.
  • England will practice with a pink ball under lights in tomorrow’s two-day warm-up match here at Seddon Park ahead of New Zealand’s first day-night Test in Auckland before reverting to the red-ball for the second practice match on Friday.


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