NZ vs WI Dream11: The T20s are over and it’s time for the tests now. The 2-test series between hosts New Zealand and West Indies will be starting here at Seddon Park in Hamilton. New Zealand will be confident after winning the T20 series but they will know that this is a totally different ball game. Led by Kane Williamson, NZ have been close to invincible at home. Their bowlers have the skill to win in these conditions and they know how to do it. The new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee is probably one of the best in the world and these conditions suit their strengths. Neil Wagner has proved himself in the last few years with his skilful bowling when wickets are flat. So NZ seem to have a perfect fast bowling attack. The batting will rely upon the experienced duo of Williamson and Ross Taylor to take them to a big score. NZ will look to start their test season on a high.
West Indies, meanwhile are not a bug either. Though they start the series as underdogs, but they possess a no. of classy players who can turn the game on their heads. They have the solid looking Kraigg Brathwaite at the top who scored a marathon 246 in the warm-up game. Darren Bravo too looked good in the tour game while Roston Chase has been very good with his all-round skills. Kemar Roach is expected to lead the fast bowling department with Shannon Gabriel and captain Jason Holder to accompany him. WI will look to give NZ a tough fight in their own conditions with their skills.
Fixture name: 1st Test, New Zealand vs West Indies
Series: West Indies tour of New Zealand 2020-21
Date: 3-7 December, 2020
Time: 3:30 AM IST
Ground: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Brief score of the last result at the venue: New Zealand 375 and 241/2 drew with England 476 on Nov 29- Dec 3, 2019.
NZ (recent last) L L L W W
WI (recent last) L W W L L
ICC Test Rankings: NZ 2, WI 8
Pitch Report: The pitch of Seddon Park is expected to be fresh with a nice covering of grass on it. In the morning session, it will be expected to assist the seamers. So expect a long spell from the fast bowlers. But it will become good for batting from Day 3 and onwards. Day 4 and day 5 might get the spinners into play In New Zealand, we normally see that pitches become good for batting as the game progresses. So expect the team winning the toss to field first and make use of the seaming conditions. The weather will remain cloudy for most of the match and rain is expected at some time of play.
NZ Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Spinner Ajaz Patel is not fit for the first test and BJ Watling picked up a hamstring niggle ahead of the first test. Will Young to make Test debut, confirms Williamson
Expected team changes- Kiwis went with an all-pace attack against India in the last test they played in February. That is unlikely to happen this time as the coach Gary Stead has already ruled out the possibility of an all-pace attack. From the last match, they are likely to include Mitchell Santner in place of injured Colin de Grandhomme. If Watling doesn’t play, Will Young is likely to get a look in.
NZ Playing 11 (probable)
K Williamson (C)
WI Team News
Injury update, unavailability- WI do not have any injury concerns as yet and all the players are available for selection.
Expected team changes- From the last test match that WI played in July this year, WI are likely to bring in Darren Bravo and Joseph in place of Hope and Cornwall. Only one out of Blackwood and Hetmyer is likely to play.
WI Playing 11 (probable)
J Blackwood/ S Hetmyer
S Dowrich (wk)
J Holder (C)
NZ vs WI Today Match Prediction: Who will win NZ vs WI Dream11 match today?
New Zealand will be the favorites as they are playing in their home conditions and they have a formidable record there. They have dominated most of the teams in their last few series at home, most recently being India, who were also the No.1 team coming into that series. Normally pitches get better for bowling as the game goes on. But this trend is not followed in NZ where pitches get excellent for batting as the game progresses. So toss can play an important role here. Windies look like a decent and a talented team which can surprise any team on the given day. They showed this when they upset England in the first test of their last series. One thing that West Indies will draw confidence from is that they have played test cricket after the lockdown while New Zealand last played a test almost 10 months ago. Expect a grueling contest between these two sides in the NZ vs WI Today Match Prediction.
K Williamson- One of the best in the world and probably the best in the NZ line-up, skipper Williamson will be critical to his team’s chances against a world-class bowling line-up. He will be fresh as he was rested for the T20 series recently.
Career: Runs 6476, Avg. 51
Williamson vs WI: Runs 719, Avg. 48
H Nicholls- The talented left-hander is an important batsman in this NZ batting line-up. Batting at No.5, he will be expected to assist the senior pros Williamson and Taylor and get a big score.
Career: Runs 1747, Avg. 40
Nicholls vs WI: Runs 85, Avg. 28.33
Trent Boult- Boult will enjoy bowling on the fresh wicket in Seddon Park. He is in a terrific form coming from a successful IPL and will also be fresh after being rested for the T20 series. In swinging conditions, he will be expected to pick up a few wickets with the new ball.
Career: Wkts 267, Bowl Avg. 27
Boult vs WI: Wkts 43, Bowl Avg. 22
D Bravo- Bravo started his career as a prolific test batsman who was being looked upon as a shadow of Brian Lara. But his form faded in this format with a no. of injuries and bad form. He looked in a terrific touch in the warm-up games and will be critical to his team’s chances.
Career: Runs 3506, Avg. 38
Bravo vs NZ: Runs 447, Avg. 49
J Holder- Holder has improved drastically as a bowler in the last 2-3 years. His record speaks that as he has led the bowling attack and destroyed many batting line-ups with his swing and height. He scores some crucial runs in the lower order too. His ability to make notable contributions with bat and ball makes him a top pick in the WI vs NZ Dream 11 Prediction.
Career: Runs 2012, Bat Avg. 32, Wkts 116, Bowl Avg. 26
Holder vs NZ: Runs 97, Bat Avg. 24, Wkts 3, Bowl Avg. 50
K Roach- The experienced fast bowler has proved that though he has lost pace, but his accuracy still makes him a lethal bowler in this WI line-up. The conditions are expected to support swing bowling and Roach can make a perfect use of those conditions.
Career: Wkts 201, Bowl Avg. 27
Roach vs NZ: Wkts 33, Bowl Avg. 24
K Jamieson- The tall fast bowler had a dream debut test series against India where he picked up 5 wickets as well as scored some crucial runs down the order to win his team the match. It will be interesting to see whether he can make the same impact this time around.
Career: Wkts 9, Bowl Avg. 16
R Chase- Chase has replaced Brathwaite as the vice-captain if this WI test team and that shows his importance for this team. He has played some crucial knocks since his debut and also has the ability to bowl long spells with his off-spin. If WI plays with 4 fast bowlers, he will be having the responsibility of the lone spinner in the side.
Career: Runs 1852, Bat Avg. 31, Wkts 69, Bowl Avg. 41
Chase vs NZ: Runs 99, Bat Avg. 25, Wkts 4, Bowl Avg. 59