New Zealand and the West Indies turn to red ball cricket as they meet in the 1st Test at Seddon Park on Thursday. The visitors have played Test cricket recently but New Zealand should still have far too much quality in home conditions.
New Zealand Form
New Zealand haven’t played Test cricket since February 2020 when they beat India 2-0 at home. The Black Caps have won their last 4 series’ on home soil.
In their last Test match, New Zealand beat India by seven wickets in Christchurch. India batted first and were dismissed for 242 runs. The hosts responded with 235 runs, Tom Latham top scored with 52 runs.
Going into the second innings India held a seven run lead but were bowled out for 124 runs in their second innings. Trent Boult took 4-28 and Tim Southee 3-36.
The chase was a simple one as Tom Latham scored 52 and Tom Bundell 55 runs to lead the hosts to victory.
New Zealand Team News
Much of New Zealand’s side picks itself. Tom Blundell has performed admirably at the top of the innings with Tom Latham so that is likely to continue. Ajaz Patel may be the one bowler that misses out if the Black Caps opt to go for a all seam attack
West Indies Form
The West Indies are one of very few teams who have played Test cricket in recent months. They went down 2-1 in their series against England but they did surprise many with their competitiveness.
The West Indies caused a huge upset in the first Test at the Rose Bowl as they beat England by four wickets. Unfortunately the second and third Tests’ at Old Trafford went more of the way many expected as England won by 113 and 269 runs.
In the final Test England batted first and scored 369 runs to which the Windies could only respond with 197 runs. Thereafter England smashed 226 in their second innings, leaving the West Indies a huge chase of 398 to win.
It was never achievable in the fourth innings and the West Indies were bowled out for 129 runs.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood and Shamarh Brooks all scored two 50+ scores in the series. They are certainly the ones to watch this time around as well.
West Indies Team News
In New Zealand conditions the West Indies will only need one spin bowler so Rahkeem Cornwall is likely to miss out. That position should be filled by Roston Chase.
Other than that the team should look very much like the one that played England in the 3rd Test.
New Zealand vs West Indies Head to Head
New Zealand have won six of their last seven Test matches against the West Indies. The last time they met over five days was in 2017 where the Black Caps won by 240 runs in Hamilton.
New Zealand vs West Indies Odds
New Zealand are favourites at $1.40 to win with the West Indies available at $8.50. A draw will get you odds of $4.50 with bet365
Kane Williamson is paying $3.75 to score a 100+ runs in the match while Kraigg Brathwaite is offering odds off $8.00 for the West Indies in the same market.
New Zealand vs West Indies Match Up
The West Indies batsmen will have to quickly adapt to New Zealand conditions if they are to even have a sniff in this series. Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner is one of the best bowling line-ups in the world and in conditions that suit them, it could be a long tour for the visiting batsmen.
New Zealand vs West Indies Stats
- New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has scored 104, 200, 54 & 176 runs in his last 4 matches at Seddon Park.
- New Zealand’s Tom Latham has scored 105 & 161 runs in his last 2 matches at Seddon Park.
- New Zealand have won their last 4 Test series’ at home.
- New Zealand have won 6 of their last 7 Test matches against the West Indies.
- West Indies’ Jason Holder has taken 116 wickets in 43 Test matches.
- West Indies’ Jason Holder took over 2.5 wickets in his last Test match.