New Zealand and the West Indies will clash on a blockbuster Friday that also has England and South Africa and India and Australia battle in different parts of the continent. As they have introduced the new kits for their upcoming T20I series, the two powerhouses will also seek to draw first blood. It would also be the Black Caps’ first outing since March while the West Indies were one of the first ones to resume international cricket in July.
The first of the three T20Is begins in Auckland following which they will also clash in two Tests. The hosts, whose key players, namely, Trent Boult and Kane Williamson, have been rested for the T20 series, owing to their roles in IPL 2020 while they also have injury concerns in Colin De Grandhomme and Ajaz Patel as the former will miss the Tests. However, they still have competent reinforcements and could continue to enjoy a successful home season.
On the other hand, the West Indies have spent in New Zealand for more than 15 days now, trying to acclimatize to the conditions. They announced their squad on the 16th of October for both the formats. The Caribbeans have been in tremendous form in the shortest version, beating Sri Lanka back in March in the T20 series. However, they need to improve themselves in Test cricket and the Kiwis would indeed provide a massive challenge.
New Zealand vs West Indies 2020 squads:
New Zealand first and second T20I squad: Tim Southee (c), Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.
New Zealand Third T20I Squad: Mitchell Santner (c), Hamish Benett, Doug Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggleijn, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi.
New Zealand Test squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Nel Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young, Mitchell Santner (standby player).
West Indies T20I Squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Kesrick Williams.
West Indies Test squad: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.
Standby players: Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua De Silva, Jayden Seales, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Raymond Reifer.
1st T20I, 27th November: New Zealand vs West Indies at Auckland – 11:30 am IST
2nd T20I, 29th November: New Zealand vs West Indies at Mount Maunganui – 6:30 am IST
3rd T20I, 30th November: New Zealand vs West Indies at Mount Maunganui – 11:30 am IST.
1st Test, 3-7th December: New Zealand vs West Indies at Hamilton – 3:30 am IST.
2nd Test, 11-15th December: New Zealand vs West Indies at Wellington – 3:30 am IST.
Live Telecast of New Zealand vs West Indies 2020:
Sony Six and Sony Six HD will broadcast the entire series while the live streaming would be available on the Fan Code app.