Captain Jason Holder and his men are currently in New Zealand for 6 weeks trip which features 2 tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is between two teams. Two match test series kick starts on upcoming December 1st in Lincoln. West Indies team has arrived with their 15-man squad. New Zealand selectors picked 12-man squad for the first test and Kane Williamson will lead the team once again.

New Zealand has added their regular wicket-keeper in test cricket BJ Watling to the squad. But Watling’s availability is under doubt as he suffers with a hip injury. The injury has forced him to sit out the last two rounds of Plunkett Shield matches for Northern Districts. If he is not recovered completely on time before the first test, the uncapped Tom Blundell in line to make his debut in test format.

As Kiwis are dominating team at home, they named the squad with an equal strength of batsmen and bowlers. Martin Guptill is not earned opportunity in this test squad while Jeet Raval retains his place in the squad once again. The man in form Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and captain Kane Williamson are other batsmen in the squad for the first test.

Two all-rounders retained their places in the squad, they are Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner. Since his debut in 2015, Mitchell Santner is one of the regular member of Kiwi squad across format and he earned his place one more time in this series. Despite showing poor form in the recently concluded limited overs tour of India, Colin de Grandhomme still get a place in twelve man squad.

The strong pace unit contains 4 players and they are Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry. Among those four, Boult and Southee are New Zealand’s top bowlers and they will get a place in the XI straightaway. Comparatively, Neil Wagner did more damage than Matt Henry at home – therefore Wagner will play the third seamer role on this home tour.


When we look at the visitors West Indies squad, they traveled with almost same squad which defeated which defeated Zimbabwe 1-0 in the recent tour. Kyle Hope is the only change in the squad which defeated England in the second test and won the series in Zimbabwe. Of course West Indies lost the test series by 1-2 to England, but their hard work and team efforts convinced the selectors to send the same 15-men to Zimbabwe. But the poor showdown by Kyle Hope on Zimbabwe tour pushed him to back-seat. Sunil Ambris is replacing Kyle Hope in the squad for New Zealand tests.

Jason Holder led-side has 6 specialist batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 5 pacers and the lone specialist spinner Devendra Bishoo. Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris are those specialist batsmen in West Indies squad. As Shane Dowrich in the squad, he will take care of gloves work in the series and he will contributes with the bat in down the order too.

Roston Chase and Raymon Reifer are the all rounders in the squad along with bowling all-rounder Jason Holder. Raymon Reifer was a part of the squad for both England and Zimbabwe series but he warmed the bench in both tours. Chances are less for him to get a place in the XI on this series too.

Kemar Roach will lead the pace attack which contains Shannon Gabriel, Miguel Cummins and Alzarri Joseph. Roach and Gabriel will be West Indies first choice bowlers for this tour. Either Alzarri or Miguel Cummins will join Roach and Gabriel and play the 3rd pacer role in this series. The leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is lone specialist spinner in the squad.



  • Kane Williamson (Captain)
  • Tom Latham
  • Jeet Raval
  • Ross Taylor
  • Henry Nicholls
  • BJ Watling
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Tim Southee
  • Neil Wagner
  • Trent Boult
  • Matt Henry



  • Jason Holder (Captain)
  • Kraigg Brathwaite
  • Sunil Ambris
  • Devendra Bishoo
  • Jermaine Blackwood
  • Roston Chase
  • Miguel Cummins
  • Shane Dowrich
  • Shannon Gabriel
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Shai Hope
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Kieran Powell
  • Raymon Reifer
  • Kemar Roach



Matches                                                   Date & Venue                                                                     Time

1st Test                                     – Dec 1-5 at Basin Reserve, Wellington                                 – 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST

2nd Test                                   – Dec 9-13 at Seddon Park, Hamilton                                   – 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST




Anand Thiyagarajan

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