NZ vs WI Fantasy Prediction: New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test – 3 December (Hamilton). The Blackcaps are expected to dominate the visitors in the best format of the game.
Hosts New Zealand will take on West Indies in the 1st test match of the two matches series. The test games in New Zealand are always fascinating and, two teams with some thrilling pacers are on the show.
Hosts will welcome their captain Kane Williamson and Trent Boult for this important series. The team is pretty much settled for the hosts, with some experienced players in their ranks. Tim Southee and Niel Wagner have been fantastic for this side whereas, Tom Blundell has solved the opening slot worries. This should be an easy game for the hosts.
West Indies are lead by Jason Holder, who is the no. 1 all-rounder in ICC test match rankings and, he would like to prove his quality yet again in this series. The visitors lost to England in their last away tour and, this should be yet another challenge for them. Darren Bravo proved himself in the warm-up games and would be raring to go in the series. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel will lead the fast bowling of this side.
New Zealand would definitely go as the favourites in their home conditions but, West Indies is a very talented team and can certainly hurt the hosts in any kind of leniency.
The Pitch of the Seddon Park in Hamilton is expected to be a good pitch of batting. The ban of saliva will certainly hurt the pace bowlers and they would like to take advantage of the initial overs on the grassy track.
Probable XI for both sides:-
New Zealand – Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson.
West Indies – Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (WK), Jason Holder ©, Roston Chase, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel.
Two Match Test Series
Match: New Zealand vs West Indies first Test Match
Date and Time: 3 December, Thursday- 3:30 am IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Where to Watch: Fancode
- Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Neil Wagner.
- Jason Holder, Shai Hope, and Kemar Roach
Top 4 Batting Order
- Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor
- Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, and Shamarh Brooks
Test Cricket Specialist Batsmen
- Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor
- Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, and Kraigg Brathwaite.
Long Spell Bowlers
- Tim Southee and Neil Wagner
- Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel
NZ vs WI Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Tom Blundell will be our wicket-keeper in this game. Blundell has impressed everyone in his short career whereas, he has scored a brilliant hundred in Australia as well. He has scored 425 runs in 6 games at an average of 47.22
NZ vs WI Fantasy Batsmen
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be our batsmen from New Zealand. Both of them don’t need any stats to prove their class in the longest format of the game. Kane has scored 6476 runs at an average of 50.99 whereas, Ross has scored 7239 at an average of 45.53. Both of them are class players.
Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks will be our batsmen from West Indies. Bravo has scored 3506 test runs at an average of 37.30 whereas, Brooks has an average of 33.55. Darren scored a brilliant half-century and a century in the practice games as well. Brooks, on the other hand, scored 195 runs in the tough series against England.
NZ vs WI Fantasy All-Rounders
Jason Holder and Roston Chase will be our all-rounders from West Indies. Holder is the number 1 test all-rounder whereas, Chase was brilliant in the series against England. Both of them picked ten wickets in their last series whereas, they were brilliant with the bat as well. Both of them are the most important players of this side.
Mitchell Santner will be our all-rounder from New Zealand. Santner has a short test career, but his stats are impressive. He has picked 39 wickets in 22 games whereas, his batting average has been 25.55.
NZ vs WI Fantasy Bowlers
From New Zealand, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner will make into our team. Wagner has picked 48 wickets in his last eight games and has been on fire. Southee and Boult also make a brilliant pair in this format and have been brilliant for the side. Southee has picked 47 wickets in his last ten games, whereas Boult has picked 33 in his last 8 games. All three of them are genuine wicket-takers of this format.
Match Prediction: New Zealand are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role
Kane Williamson and Jason Holder
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Tim Southee and Neil Wagner
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