West Indies though will be without their key players Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard. “We’re more comfortable in the shorter forms of the game,” captain Dwayne Bravo said on the eve of Thursday’s first of five ODIs, after losing the Test series 2-0.
Despite New Zealand’s comprehensive win in the Tests — the first time they have won a three-Test series in nearly eight years — captain Brendon McCullum said it was back to square one for the ODIs.
“We’ll start on the same level come Boxing Day,” he said as New Zealand toned down the euphoria of their red-ball success and reacquainted themselves with the white ball.
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