Groundhog Day has set in for the players of New Zealand before the beginning of the test summer tomorrow at Basin Reserve. They have been introduced to the well-known sight of a vivid green pitch at Basin which is a hardy annual for the opening Test against West Indies and I would seem the first option for a bowler and top of the wishes of rival skippers Jason Holder and Kane Williamson.
Hold on, Bangladesh were sent in last year with conditions to have fingers twitching of seamers. As a result, New Zealand bowled early on and 595 were scored by Bangladesh for eight. Finally, they lost such a great match but looks might be deceiving.
Williamson added on Thursday, “It always seems a bit like that. There is always something if you bowl well in the wicket. Usually, it’s a fair surface that quickens up on third or second day.“
Holder toured as a newbie in New Zealand as fast bowler in the year 2013. He is still younger but 26-year-old leader who lay off to get too wound up on what he can perceive but “I must see why people prefer to bowl first.”
He was unwilling to predefine and he is going to take open mind. The growth of his team in West Indies last year was one thing he is pleased on. He added, “We have built up well this year and I think we are in a good place. The players played well and we are still not a finished item and we still need a lot more improvement but I think we are going to the right direction.”
There is far more test this year than the hosts. It is the best advantage they have. Last test of New Zealand was played in March in Hamilton. Since then, eight tests have been played by West Indies while the only focus for New Zealand was short form cricket.
According to Williamson, “It is considered as the nature of international cricket and you play various formats at various times. It is a kind of challenge for us and it is good that everyone has got one game of first-class after getting back from India.”
The West Indies have been the winner of three, lost four and drawn one of 8 tests played against Pakistan, Zimbabwe and England.
Holder is hoping for his team to use the extensive play of the test to their advantage. He added, “I won’t sit and say that we are in a better position as compared to New Zealand. They actually have good players and are on home land.”
Indeed there has not much history between the squads. Since 1951-52, each team won 13 and had 19 draws in 45 tests. New Zealand has been the winner of four of the last 5 matches and New Zealand were 2-0 winners on the tours of West Indies last time. But this team seems to have more on it than the side of Darren Sammy around four years ago.