° °
  • Firstline - TV3 New Zealand

    Firstline

    Weekdays 6am

  • 3 News - TV3 New Zealand

    3 News

    Nightly 6pm

  • Campbell Live - TV3 New Zealand

    Campbell Live

    Weekdays 7pm

  • 3rd Degree - TV3 New Zealand

    3rd Degree

    Wednesdays 8.30pm

  • The Paul Henry Show - TV3 New Zealand

    The Paul Henry Show

    Weekdays 10.30pm

  • Three 60 - TV3 New Zealand

    Three 60

    Sundays 9.30am

  • The Nation - TV3 New Zealand

    The Nation

    Sat 9:30am / Sun 10am

BlackCaps test drive dual spin option

Saturday 21 Jul 2012 1:47 a.m.

Daniel Vettori will be one of New Zealand's spin options along with Tarun Nethula (Photosport file)

Daniel Vettori will be one of New Zealand's spin options along with Tarun Nethula (Photosport file)

An intrigued Black Caps vice captain Brendon McCullum is looking forward to seeing how New Zealand can exploit a change in pace as they warm up with a three-day match in Antigua ahead of the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies.

The match, against a West Indies President's 11, gives the Black Caps a chance to re-set after being outplayed 4-1 in the recent one-day series.

It will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on the same wicket block as the first Test three days later.

"It's not often we get to do that - it's going to be a real benefit," McCullum says.

"Being a first-class game, there's going to be some pressure on and there's probably a couple of places up for grabs as well."

Two spinners have been named in the starting 11, the vastly experienced Daniel Vettori and rookie legspinner Tarun Nethula.

McCullum says he expects the pair to exploit a change in pace from the one-day wickets in St Kitts and Kingston.

"The wicket's definitely a lot slower here in Antigua, and it seems to spin a lot," McCullum says.

"The practice wickets have spun a considerable amount, and they've also bounced as well, so there's plenty of dangers for spin."

McCullum says he's also looking forward to seeing what South Africa-born pace bowler Neil Wagner has to offer in the three-day match as he pushes for a Test debut.

"His left-arm seam bowling is obviously a nice variety, and his ability to reverse swing the ball is very effective too," McCullum says.

"The selectors will be deciding on the balance of the team, and the areas we'll try to expose the West Indies. It may be that left-arm option is one of those."

NZN

Others Are Watching

comments powered by Disqus

Trending