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Holder wary of Black Caps

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Captain Jason Holder says West Indies are under no illusions about the massive threat posed by the powerful Black Caps side, but stressed the Caribbean side would be looking to execute their game plan clinically, in the two-Test series starting here next month.

West Indies arrived here on Tuesday to begin preparation for the rubber which sees them chasing their first series win on New Zealand soil in 22 years.

And faced with a strong home side packed with the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Trent Boult, Holder said the Windies were very cognisant of the hosts' strength.

"Those guys bring a wealth of experience. Kane has been one of the leading batsmen in Test cricket for a while and Ross similarly," Holder told reporters.


"So I think they will rely heavily on Ross and Kane, and obviously, Tom Latham will come to the fore - he has been doing pretty well for them - and obviously, their bowling attack will be led by Boult and (Tim) Southee.

"Not missing out a guy like Neil Wagner, I think he brings a lot of quality to their side, a lot of variation as well being left-handed, and different dimensions in terms of shorter-pitched bowling.

"It's going to be a good test, they've got some good players, some key players and we've got the same."

West Indies are coming off a 1-0 win over minnows Zimbabwe in a two-Test series in Bulawayo earlier this month - their first series win in three years.