Black Caps test drive dual spin option

By Cathy Walshe, NZ Newswire Updated July 20, 2012, 8:48 pm

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 beginning on Saturday (NZT), 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 said.

"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 said.

"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 said.

"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."

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  1. Jordan07:29pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    NX cricket...good GOd do we really care?....season after season it's the same junk....

  2. tom06:18pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Hi fans.Nz Black Collapsers 138 for 8 against the Invitation side!!!3 day game????hahaha--don't be too ambitious.Totally inept--the long losing summer continues for these Prime Losers.

  3. tom02:01pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The Olympics!!The Kiwi lot are busy talking about the food-the village-the weather.Overwhelmed.In awe.A few medals.But mostly 'friendly -hugging participation'.

  4. tom01:58pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The Olympics???Watch the NZ Losers galore."We are here to participate--it's the friendship and hugging that really matters" stated a blushing,bubbly Kiwi participant who is likely to be eliminated before she even thinks about the hugging!!!!

  5. jwebs10:27am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    A bit of encouragement and less hate might be nice , to Lar don't watch cricket , you obviously have no knowledge of the game so ....... find another forum to rant on

  6. DocMarten09:27am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    AaHHH the fickle New Zealand sports followers are at it again...Obviously some have no concept of following a team, being a 'FAN'....simple really even for you Muppets...if you don't like...don't watch or follow the team, simple really...the olympics will be on soon, and you doomsayers can target the NZ team there instead...Kermits!

  7. LAR09:04am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Yep, for my money it will be all over in a max of three days. Total non event for me & I think most of NZ now, we just don't have a national Cricket team with any drive, courage, dertermiation & the will to succeed & also anyone who can, bat, bowl & field too.

  8. tom08:33am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    BREAKING NEWS.Chris Martin being measured for a Wheelie.Spokesperson for NZ Cricket Betty Hirt stated."This new piece of equipment has been specially designed to allow Chris to still bowl.Chris will now be able to play on for a further 15 years thus ensuring the Black Craps have a front line bowler"

  9. tom08:26am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Dylan you are too generous--i reckon these Prime Losers wont see the end of Day 3.You are 100% spot on about everything else though.

  10. tom08:25am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Good mornin fans and abusers.Great cricket through the night.Real cricket.Watched every ball-every movement of the bat-and Warnie was there-so too was Atherton-Steyn looks tired and not himself-those Poms can fight-right down to No.11.Not like those crumbling-collapsing Black Craps.And two 'spinners'.Hahaha Come on!!Vitsorri couldn't spin a lemon let alone a cricket ball-and Nethulk--average grade cricketer.


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