New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won his first toss of the series and chose to bowl first in the third cricket test against a weakened West Indies in Hamilton.
Under clear skies, McCullum had a tough decision to make on a drier-than-expected Seddon Park pitch, but he anticipated some seam movement and swing for his Trent Boult-led pace attack that dominated West Indies in the innings-and-73-run win in Wellington.
It was the ninth consecutive test in New Zealand where the captain winning the toss had sent their opponents in to bat.
New Zealand named an unchanged side, with allrounder Corey Anderson (shin) passed fit.
West Indies made three changes to their team. Offspinner Sunil Narine came in for his first test since November 2012, in place of Shane Shillingford who was banned this week for an illegal bowling action.
Dunedin double-centurion Darren Bravo was ruled out after being hit in the nets yesterday, and was replaced by opener Kraigg Brathwaite. And the tourists gambled on a two-spin attack, with left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul replacing paceman Shannon Gabriel.
New Zealand lead 1-0 in the series and need just a draw to secure their first series win against a top-eight nation since 2006.
The weather is fine in Hamilton with a forecast maximum of 22 degrees Celsius.
New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
West Indies: Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy (captain), Tino Best, Veerasammy Permaul, Sunil Narine.
Umpires: Nigel Llong (England), Ian Gould (England). Third umpire: Paul Reiffel (Australia).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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