Home > News >

West Indies vs New Zealand 3rd Test Preview: Exciting contest on the cards

The West Indies came back well to draw the series 1-1 after the 2nd match © Getty Images
The West Indies came back well to draw the series 1-1 after the 2nd match © Getty Images

By Devarchit Varma

Jun 25, 2014

With their three-match Test series levelled 1-1 after hosts West Indies registered a thumping win in the second Test at Port-of-Spain, New Zealand have an uphill task in front of them as they aim for a series win in the Caribbean.

The third and final Test match of the series begins on Thursday at Bridgetown, Barbados. Given the form that they are in, the Brendon McCullum-led New Zealand would fancy their first away series win against a top side since 2002. The West Indies managed to bounce back well in the second Test, but their inconsistency is one of the major factors for their mixed performances, and New Zealand would be confident of a good show.

It was in 2002 when the Kiwis won their last overseas Test series, and that win was against the Caribbean side itself. They will aim to make amends and bounce back after the disappointing 10-wicket thrashing that they received last week. Kane Williamson, who was the star in the Kiwis’ win in the first Test with a superb hundred, would be determined to make a strong mark after he was reported for a suspect bowling action after the second Test.

New Zealand are better placed than the West Indians when it comes to the batting department, as they have the three highest run-getters of the series in their camp. Tom Latham (274), Kane Williamson (209) and BJ Watling (177) have scored the most runs in the series so far, and New Zealand would be pleased with the performance produced by some of their batsmen. However, the poor show by almost all their batsmen in the second Test — which resulted in a heavy defeat — will definitely be on the minds of the tourists.

On the other hand, the West Indies may not have found any batsman who has been among runs (barring veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul with 155 in two Tests), their bowlers have come to the fore with impressive shows. Jerome Taylor with 10 wickets and comeback man Suleiman Benn with nine scalps have been the key bowlers for the West Indies.

Chris Gayle, the explosive opener, finally looked his usual self in the second innings of the last Test, and the West Indies would hope that the fiery left-handed batsman remains consistent with the bat in the final Test. Gayle smashed 80 not out in West Indies’ modest chase and that knock should give him some much-needed confidence, as he has struggled in the longest format of the game of late.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo scored tons for the West Indies in the last match, and they would be expected to carry on the good run.

The last time the Kiwis toured West Indies was in 2012, wherein they were blanked 2-0 in a two-match series. New Zealand have turned up determined and well-prepared this time, and it is the West Indies who have to rise up to the occasion and attain consistency.

Squads:

West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (c&w),k Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

Time: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST

(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand 2014 West Indies

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

Michael Clarke: Younis Khan is one of the gentlemen of our game

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Barack Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Anil Kapoor ropes in a new director for son Harshvardhan’s next?

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

NGOs pursue education for all

Apple to merge Beats Music with iTunes next year as music sales fall 14 percent in 2014: WSJ

‘Sentiment’ in Bharatiya Janata Party against forming coalition government in Maharashtra

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here