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3rd test: New Zealand opts to bowl vs West Indies

New Zealand wins toss, bowls in 3rd test; West Indies without Shillingford, Bravo

3rd test: New Zealand opts to bowl vs West Indies

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl Thursday in the third cricket test against the West Indies, who have lost their leading bowler to suspension and best batsman to injury.

Off-spinner Shane Shillingford was unable to play after biomechanical analysis ruled his bowling action illegal and the West Indies also missed leading batsman Darren Bravo to injury. Bravo, who made a double century in the drawn first test at Dunedin, was struck by a ball during practice Wednesday.

Kraigg Brathwaite, who missed the first and second tests when his arrival in New Zealand was delayed by visa problems, will open the batting while Kirk Edwards drops to No. 3.

Sunil Narine has been named to replace Shillingford while slow left-armer Veerasammy Permaul has been selected ahead of seamer Shannon Gabriel.

New Zealand named the same lineup that won the second test at Wellington by an innings and 83 runs. The West Indies won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in both of the first two tests but the tactic backfired when New Zealand made 609-9 in its first innings at Dunedin and 441 in Wellington.

"We probably might have done something different this test match," West Indies captain Darren Sammy said. "In the morning with a first day pitch, we expect it to 'do' a bit but it's up to our openers to assess the conditions quickly and give us a good start and the other batsmen to follow their lead.

"I think when we've had the opportunity to bowl we've not exploited the conditions as well as we can. To get wickets with the new ball is a goal in any test team and we've not been able to do that."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum welcomed the chance to give his bowlers first use of supportive conditions at Hamilton's Seddon Park. Warm and windy weather promised to help swing bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee who have taken 15 and 11 wickets respectively in the series.

"We've seen before in Hamilton that wickets can fall in a clump early on in a test match so from our point of view I think we've been bowling well and we're trying to put them under some early pressure," McCullum said.

"If we can get the ball to swing and operate on that fuller length that we have throughout the series, we'll give ourselves some opportunities. We know the West Indies are going to bounce back hard in this match and we have to make sure we go up a gear as well."

New Zealand leads the three-test series 1-0.


New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, 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 and Ian Gould, England.

Third umpire: Peter Reiffel, Australia. Match referee: Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lanka.

Updated : 2021-10-20 21:39 GMT+08:00