Windies in Florida for historic T20s
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC):
Embattled West Indies touched down here on Monday to begin preparation for their two historic Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand.
For the first time, West Indies will play matches in a bilateral series outside the Caribbean, when they face the Black Caps in the T20 double-header on Saturday and Sunday.
Both matches are scheduled for Broward Central Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
The Windies will hold their first training session today as they get ready for the Kiwis, who are expected to provide a strong challenge.
They will be looking for an improved performance, especially after coming off a tough England tour where they went down by 0-2 margins in the three-match Test and one-day international (ODI) series, before losing the one-off T20 last Sunday.
Following the T20s here, West Indies will fly to Jamaica for the first two of five ODIs, starting July 5.
Meanwhile, New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills says it is the inconsistency of the West Indies that makes the Caribbean side such a difficult team to play against.
"I find the West Indies always have a really hard team to read. I find them a little bit like Pakistan - they're either amazing or they're really inconsistent," the experienced 33-year-old said prior to the team's departure.
"It's how you strike them on that day or in that series. You don't know what you're going to get. We've got a lot to look out for and a lot to plan for the series."
Mills said hopefully the Black Caps would start with an advantage as West Indies could be tired, especially after a gruelling series against the English.
"We need to be ready from ball one. Our preparation leading into the first game is really important. We haven't been playing, they have been so we need to get up to speed heading into that," said Mills, who has played 19 Tests, 135 ODIs and 27 T20Is.
"In saying all that, we're going to be pretty fresh and, hopefully, they'll be pretty stale from playing not just two series, but two hard series.
"Hopefully, we can catch them a bit battered mentally and we can make the most of that opportunity."