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Tim Southee to miss opening West Indies Test

Tim Southee to miss opening West Indies Test

"Matt Henry did well in the last Test match he played against South Africa and Lockie is probably bowling as well as he ever has so it certainly provides us with some nice options", New Zealand Coach Mike Hesson said.

The match will start at 11am against the West Indies.

The West Indies are not dwelling on their August win over England as they enter a two-Test series against New Zealand, but captain Jason Holder will use it for motivation if necessary.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday in the build-up to the opening Test at the Basin Reserve, the 29-year-old said the Caribbean side had been prone to up-and-down performances in the past but were dealing with the issue through more intense preparation. Three years later, Holder faces New Zealand as the captain of young side that has defended 189 against India in an ODI, hunted down 322 in the Leeds Test after suffering an innings-and-209-run defeat at Trent Bridge, and sealed a 1-0 series win over a full-strength Zimbabwe team in 2017.

Their best, 660 for five declared by the West Indies at Wellington in 1995 and 609 for nine declared at Dunedin in 2014, and their worst, 72 by the West Indies in Auckland in 1956 and 74 by New Zealand at Dunedin in 1956, suggests that there is little to choose between both teams, except for the dazzling heights achieved by the West Indies in the general scheme of things.

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New Zealand will be without seamer Tim Southee and wicketkeeper BJ Watling as they begin their two-Test series against Windies in Wellington, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.55pm on Thursday.

Ambris impressed in Windies' warm-up game against New Zealand A, scoring 153 and putting on 155 with Hope's brother Shai (110) for the sixth wicket in the visitors' first innings - opener Kraigg Brathwaite then retiring out on 88 in their second.

"I think they're their main players, but you can't rule out a guy like Tom Latham".

"They do move the ball and it'll be a really tough challenge". It's just a matter of us being patient and sticking to our plans. "He's done well in the past for New Zealand and he's carrying some current form as well".


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