25 Jul 2012

Spin to play a big part in first test

11:56 am on 25 July 2012

The spinners are expected to play a big part in the outcome of the test cricket series between New Zealand and the West Indies which starts in Antigua tomorrow morning.

The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium wicket is expected to get low and slow quite quickly with some variation in bounce.

The New Zealanders struggled to score runs in their warmup match at the same ground and local spinner Sunil Narine, who was the difference between the two sides in the limited overs series, will be a threat.

Brendon McCullum says they have their own threats and would like to see them take two spinners - Daniel Vettori and Tarun Nethula - into the match.

However, it does seem likely that captain Ross Taylor will use three pace bowlers, while part time spinner, Kane Williamson, will backup Daniel Vettori.