West Indies win toss, elect to bowl in Dunedin

MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN
Last updated 10:17 03/12/2013
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SAMMY WINS: New Zealand are batting in the first cricket test against West Indies after captain Brendon McCullum lost the toss.

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New Zealand are batting in the first cricket test against West Indies after captain Brendon McCullum lost the toss on what looks a seamer-friendly pitch at Dunedin's University Oval.

Under heavily overcast skies in Dunedin, visiting skipper Darren Sammy called correctly and chose to bowl on a pitch showing much more grass cover than the March draw against England.

It promised to be a tough early period for the New Zealand top order, with McCullum admitting he would have bowled first too.

New Zealand confirmed their playing 11 on test eve, with Otago batsman Aaron Redmond recalled for his first test in five years, since Adelaide in 2008.

He was down to bat at three in his eighth test, after Kane Williamson was ruled out when his fractured left thumb didn't recover in time.

Paceman Doug Bracewell was also omitted, which handed 21-year-old legspinner Ish Sodhi his third test, and first on home soil.

West Indies omitted paceman Sheldon Cottrell and spinner Sunil Narine in naming a reasonably predictable 11.

Offspinner Shane Shillingford was included despite having flown to Perth at the weekend to have his suspect bowling action analysed after it was reported by the umpires during the recent India series.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite wasn't considered as he hadn't arrived in the country due to via issues, giving Kirk Edwards the other opening spot alongside Kieran Powell, with Chris Gayle missing the test series due to a hamstring strain.

The forecast for the early days of the test was positive. Day one was expected to clear to fine weather with a maximum of 19degC. The test was scheduled to start at 10.30am.

TEAMS

New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Aaron Redmond, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

West Indies: Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy (captain), Shane Shillingford, Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel.

Umpires: Nigel Llong (England), Paul Reiffel (Australia). Third umpire: Ian Gould (England).

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