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New Zealand missing stars bank on seamers

Published:Thursday | May 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

New Zealand will begin their summer tour of the Caribbean with a warm-up match against a Jamaica XI at the expansive Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. today, and head coach Mike Hesson is expecting a thorough workout ahead of the first Test at Sabina Park.

"We are not yet at full strength because a number of our players are still with their clubs in the Indian Premier League," Hesson said, "but we are taking this match seriously, as we want to be match-ready when the Tests comes around."

The Black Caps are missing skipper Brendan McCallum, Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor when they take on the Jamaicans over two days of action.

He said acclimatisation has been going well since arriving and that all the players were ready for the challenge of playing the Jamaicans, and has identified the fast-bowling department as his team's strength.

But without McCallum, Anderson, Taylor and Williamson would they be soft in the middle?

Special talent

Not so, says Hesson, as he expects his battery of fast bowlers to get the job done, adding that special talent in left-arm quick Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and James Neesham will be keys to victory in the practice match and will be equally important in the Test matches.

The New Zealanders will play three Test matches and two T20 matches against the West Indies starting June 8 at Sabina Park. Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad will host the second Test beginning June 16 and Providence in Guyuana the third Test on June 26. Windsor Park in Dominica will host both T20 matches.