Cricket News: New Zealand vs West Indies, 1st Test Match, Preview, squads news & Pitch report
When the rest of the world came to a halt earlier this year, New Zealand was about to elect its fiftieth parliament. It was a fact which was far from the tyranny of coronavirus anywhere else and it is no wonder Jacinda Ardern called the nation a “antidote to uncertainty and anxiety” that prevails in these times in her successful election as Prime Minister.
With this in mind, it is not shocking that New Zealand has taken on this responsibility too, giving us a much needed insight at the old standard on the other side of this pandemic. For example, for test matches the grounds will be packed and buzzed. Captain Jason Holder of the Western Indians described the prospect of playing “like a kid running into a playground for the first time.”
Some of this enthusiasm on the part of Holder may possibly be because no bio-bubble will last this time, which means no more minutes will be wasted in rooms and hallways. It won’t always be as old as it was with care and caution, but it is nevertheless welcome.
It will be a matter of removing the rust as soon as possible for tourists. For 25 years now they’ve not won a test on these shores, drawing four and losing eight of the 12 in the era, and this time it won’t be any different. Runs at the Kraigg and Darren Bravo and (135 and 93) two warm-up games, but the batting should feel well ahead of the Series. Strengthening of the batting score of 246. Throughout the season, Phil Simmons spent in England telling his hunters to score hundreds, which was the ultimate mistake. That’s what West Indies want.
Toss will be updated soon……
Match: New Zealand vs West Indies
Series: West Indies tour of New Zealand, 2020
Date: Thursday, December 03, 2020 – Monday, December 07, 2020
Time: 11:00 local / 10:00 GMT / 03:00 PST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
An unmistakable, grassy pitch of the rest of the square. That does not mean a paradise for seam-bowling or utter scorn for the spinners. England was the last test match in 2019. Nevertheless it is a good home ground for New Zealand. Since 2012, they have not lost a test here.
Today’s Playing XI:
Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
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