England's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad maintains his side aren't going to take the Black Caps lightly, despite New Zealand's test and off-field struggles this summer.
Speaking in Auckland yesterday, Broad described the Black Caps as a dangerous side in cricket's shortest form, pointing to the ability of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.
England and New Zealand last met at the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September, when England won by six wickets with less than two overs to spare.
Broad, who arrived in the country ahead of the rest of the English squad, said England won't be taking anything for granted when their three-match series gets underway at Eden Park on February 9.
"Any team that have got Brendon McCullum in their Twenty and one-day team, Ross Taylor, these [sort of] boys - they can smash it miles.
"So we know they are a strong team - we had a really good battle with them in the Twenty20 World Cup, which wasn't too long ago."
England's Twenty20 side has an interesting balance to it. Experienced Twenty20 veterans such as Luke Wright, Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan, will play alongside new names Joe Root and Stuart Meaker.
Broad missed England's two-match T20 series against India in December with a heel issue but says he is fit and ready to face New Zealand.
"I feel fit, I feel good," he said. "With the snow back home, it's been a bit tricky to really test anything. It was a bit disappointing not to be able to get out to India and do some outdoor bowling ready for this tour.
"But we've still got plenty of time for me to do some work here leading into the warm-up games and the first Twenty20."
England play New Zealand XI at Cobham Oval in Whangarei on Monday and Wednesday.
England T20 squad: Stuart Broad (c), Jonathan Bairstow, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.
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