NZ vs WI 2nd Test Match Preview: The hosts New Zealand will face-off with West Indies in the second Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington in the West Indies tour of New Zealand. The 2nd Test, NZ vs WI match will commence at 03:30 AM IST. Tom Latham will take charge for New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson. The Kiwis captain to miss the Wellington Test as he has been granted paternal leave for the birth of his child. Take a look at NZ vs WI Match Preview, Pitch Report, Playing 11 Updates, Live Streaming details as given in the article.
Meanwhile, the second Test will also feature another feat for the Kiwis pacer Neil Wagner's 50th appearance in white-ball cricket for New Zealand. the Black Caps are already leading the Test series by 1-0. From the West Indies' point of view, the veteran pacer Shannon Gabriel will add another milestone when he steps out to the field. This is his 50th international Test match.
The Black Caps had defeated the Indies by an inning and 134 runs in the first Test of the two-match series. The Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson notched his highest individual Test score of 251 studded with 34 fours and 2 over the ropes. As a result, he has moved to the second spot in the ICC Men's Test Rankings for batsmen.
Meanwhile, Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Wednesday has announced that their main wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich and pacer Kemar Roach will be missing the upcoming second Test against New Zealand. Both players will return home now. Roach is doing so as his father passed away while Shane Dowrich is doing so for personal reasons which will give an opportunity for Joshua da Silva to make his Test debut.
The pitch was green as there was plenty of grass on it. Looking at that, West Indies put New Zealand into bat first after winning the toss. That would have been the ideal choice on such a surface. However, the rain isn't likely to play much of a role in the five-dayers match.
Captain: Tom Latham
Vice-Captain: Kyle Jamieson
Wicketkeeper: BJ Watling
Batsmen: Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood
All-Rounders: Jason Holder, Roston Chase
Bowlers: Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Alzarri Joseph
NZ - Tom Latham (C), Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
WI - Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder (C), Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul
New Zealand: Tom Latham (Captain), Kane Williamson, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (Wicket-keeper), BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, Ajaz Patel
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Joshua Da Silva (Wicket-keeper), Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder (Captain), Alzarri Joseph, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul, Rahkeem Cornwall, Chemar Holder
Date and Time: Friday, Dec 11, 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Basin Reserve in Wellington
Live Streaming: Fan Code