The Windies has had a very active year on the road thus far and this no doubt would have served them well as it affords the team more time for bonding as well as opportunities for individuals to step up their game plan.
They have played Zimbabwe over a month ago with bragging rights of a 1-0 win.
Additionally, they beat the odds of a heavy shellacking predicted by most pundits against England coming away with a 2-1 Test series lost in August-September.
That said, the Windies win column against New Zealand in an away Test series shows a dismal picture as the team has not won a series since 1995.
The last time they toured the country in the summer of 2013-14, they lost the three-match Test series 2-0.
The Windies no doubt will be looking for a change in their fortune this time and will be depending on right-arm quicks Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach to lead the charge against the Match-hardy Kiwis.
Moreover, they will be relying on their newly minted young top order to bat New Zealand out the games.
At the same time, Windies coach Stuart Law is taking a cautious approach in his outlook.
“Beware of the dog, in their own backyard as well. They’re a very tough side. We know that they’re going to be highly competitive in conditions they’re very comfortable in and understand wholly and solely,” he said in a press report.
Prior to the Test series, the Windies will face New Zealand ‘A’ team in a three-day match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Saturday.
The tour will also include three One Day Internationals and three T20 matches.
The Windies have made one change from their series in Zimbabwe as Sunil Ambris has entered the squad while Kyle Hope drops out.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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