New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd Test Preview – 2nd August

The 2nd Test in Jamaica is the final match of the tour for what is a successful tour for the West Indies team. The West Indies will need to at least draw this match to win the series outright while a win is more likely as the New Zealanders go through a tough phase. Both sides will be missing key figures with the ball as Ravi Rampaul and Dan Vettori are ruled out of this final 2nd test.

Match Information :

August 2 – 6, Jamaica
Starting Time: 1000 Local Time (1500 GMT Time)

How the Teams Stand:

New Zealand continue to go through a phase where they are struggling to win cricket matches while the West Indies are on a high. The addition of Chris Gayle has had good results since the West Indies haven’t won a test series since October 2011 against Bangladesh which wasn’t much of a win. The West Indian batsman are batting really well and with any upcoming cricket they will be challenging to bowl to. New Zealand will really need to think things out as they head down to another series loss also with captain Daniel Vettori missing in this final test.

Key Contest:

Chris Martin vs Chris Gayle

New Zealand have promised they will come out fighting and one man that needs to do that is Chris Martin, he picked up 3 wickets in the match, both in the first innings but his wickets came at the wrong time. Martin needs to take wickets with the new ball, it is crucial for New Zealand’s chances to level the series. Chris Gayle will be the most important wicket for New Zealand after scoring 150 and 64 not out in the 1st test and seems to have fit in to the test team very well. Gayle needs to keep up the form and combine well with Powell to put the pressure back on New Zealand.

Team News:

Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of the 2nd test for the West Indies. The replacement will be on of Tino Best and Fidel Edwards who are both very extremely quick. Fidel has had great success at the ground and could get the nod ahead of Best.

Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of the final test which is a huge blow for the New Zealand team as they may have to hand a debut to Taran Nethula.

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