Black Caps skittled again in warm-up match
Let's hope for better against the whole conglomerate.
On a day when the West Indies named their 13-strong test squad, to meet New Zealand in the first of three tests, starting in Kingston on June 8, the Black Caps were again getting skittled by a Jamaican XI.
Day two of their three-day warm-up match ended with New Zealand 65 for seven, having earlier restricted the hosts to 122 for nine declared in reply to their own first innings of 203 for nine.
With the already barren pitch at Trelawny said to be deteriorating, wickets came at a steady clip on the second afternoon.
The wicket was deemed so bad, that a new strip will be used when play resumes for the final day, in the early hours of tomorrow morning (NZ time).
The best moments of the Black Caps' day came from leg spinner Ish Sodhi, who finished with five for 35.
''Ish got more consistent as the innings went on and he produced a number of wicket-taking deliveries. Mark [Craig] also bowled well, while Corey [Anderson] had a strong spell in the morning session,'' said coach Mike Hesson.
Meanwhile, the West Indies have recalled fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach.
Taylor, who also has a test century against New Zealand, hasn't played a test since 2009, but proved his fitness with Jamaica in the West Indies' domestic competition.
Roach, the quickest of their bowlers, returns for the first time since March 2013. Like Taylor, he's been troubled by injury in recent times.
Their selection is offset by an injury suffered during the IPL by allrounder Dwayne Bravo, which has ruled him out.
Spinner Shane Shillingford is back, having been forced to do remedial work on a suspect action, but will not be permitted to bowl his doosra.
West Indies test squad: Denesh Ramdin (capt), Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor.