New Zealand include pacer Henry for first Test against West indies

Dec 01, 2017, 01:32
New Zealand include pacer Henry for first Test against West indies

Against England in August the young West Indies Shai Hope became the first player to score a century in both innings of a test match at Headingly in Leeds.

However, the Jason Holder-led side has shown signs of improvement over the last 12 months, winning a Test in each of the four series they have contested.

"We are still not the finished product but I'm really pleased with the progression of the side".

Despite Ferguson bagging seven wickets for New Zealand A against the West Indies earlier this week, Williamson insisted that Henry has been chosen for the national team since he has been playing exceedingly well for a long time now. The Basin Reserve sported a surface with plenty of grass, but Williamson said it was hard underneath.

New Zealand have opted to retain Matt Henry in place of the unavailable Tim Southee, ahead of the quicker but less experienced Lockie Ferguson. "Batsmen got some time in the middle, and bowlers got the chance to run in and bowl a few overs", Holder told reporters.

While New Zealand have been starved of Test cricket since hosting South Africa in March, the Calypso cricketers are riding high after a 1-0 win against Zimbabwe following a dramatic victory at Headingley during a 2-1 Test series loss to England.

Holder said they will be formulating plans to remove Williamson and Taylor cheaply.

"The guys have been preparing well [and] working very hard and I think this Test series is going to be a very good one".

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A busy summer of cricket begins for the Black Caps today when the first test against the West Indies begins at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.