The first Test match of the West Indies Tour to New Zealand will be played at the Seddon Park Ground in Hamilton.
The match is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM local time (03:30 AM IST, December 03) and 10:00 PM GMT, December 02, and will be streamed live on Fencode.
After the end of the three-match T20I series, New Zealand and the West Indies will lock the Horns in the first of a two-match Test series. The audience lost the tussle 2–0 in the shortest format, but they have a completely different set-up when they come into the Test, including the captain. Jason Holder would be expecting a good performance from his troops. However, the likes of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor along with Trent Boult and Tim Southey will try to ensure that they keep the opposition under the lid.
NZ vs WI weather report for match 1:
There is a possibility of getting married with rain on the first day but as the match progresses the weather will improve. However, the conditions will remain rough during the match.
It always swings in the first innings at this venue but then it leans to a great extent. Bowlers should swing the new ball and take early wickets.
Average first innings score:
304 (from all the tests played at this venue)
Records of chasing teams:
Won – 10; Lost – 8; Drawn – –
Injury and Availability News
BJ Watling has picked up a hamstring swallow and his availability for the game is questionable. Devon Conway is touted as his injury cover.
NZ vs WI Today’s probable playing XI:
Kane Williamson, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Darielle Mitchell, Tom Latham, BJ Watling / Devon Conway, Trent Boult, Time Southey, Azaz Patel, Neil Wagner (Kyle Jamieson)
Henry Nichols, BJ Watling / Devon Conway, Neil Wagner / Kyle Jamieson
Karig Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmeyer, Samarah Brooks / Rahkem Cornwall, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Shane Daurich, Camar Roach, Aljari Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
Jermaine Blackwood, Samara Brooks / Rahkem Cornwall, Chemo Paul, Camer Holder
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Top picks for NZ vs WI for today’s 11 Watts match:
Tom Latham has scored 3726 runs at an average of 42.34 in Tests and he is definitely one of the top in this match. Kane Williamson should undoubtedly score more than 6000 runs in 80 Test matches in his fantasy team. Jason Holder is an absolute all-rounder and he will lead from the front for the audience. He has scored 43 runs in 2012 and has taken 116 wickets in 43 Tests. Darren Bravo played brilliantly in one of the warm-up games and will be confident to do well in the series.
Selection of captain and vice-captain
Captain Options: Ken Williamson, Ross Taylor
Vice Captain Options: Jason Holder, Darren Bravo
NZ vs WI 11W Cricket Suggested Playing XI No. 1 for Fantasy Cricket:
wicket keeper: Shane dowrich
Batsman: Kane Williamson (C), Henry Nichols, Darren Bravo, Ross Taylor
All-rounders: Jason Holder (VC), Roston chase
Bowlers: Trent Bault, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Shannon Gabriel
12th man – Craig Brathwaite
NZ vs WI 11W Cricket Suggested Playing XI No. 2 for Fantasy Cricket:
wicket keeper: Shane dowrich
Batsmen: Ken williamson, Ross Taylor (C), Darren Bravo (VC), Shimron Hetimer, Shamer Brooks
All rounder: Jason Holder, Michelle Santner
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Camer Roach
12th man – Henry nichols
Typically, in New Zealand the pitch is flattened in the second innings and the batsmen have literal fun. In that case it would be better to have five batsmen in your team.
NZ vs WI Today’s Possible Winners
New Zealand is expected to win this match.