New Zealand Wins The ODI Series Against West Indies By 3-0
New Zealand, after touring India, is all set to host West Indies for 2 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20s. Three Tests were originally planned, but it was reduced to two by New Zealand Cricket to conform to the expected tour make-up when the ICC World Test Championship is implemented. New Zealand won the Test series 2–0 and the ODI series 3–0.
Ahead of the first Test, Tom Blundell and Lockie Ferguson were added to New Zealand’s squad as cover for BJ Watling and Tim Southee respectively. George Worker was added to New Zealand’s squad ahead of the first test. As Tim Southee was ruled out due to a family reason.
Southee returned for the second Test, following the birth of his child. The West Indies captain Jason Holder was suspended for the second Test, after maintaining a slow over-rate. Kraigg Brathwaite was named as the captain of the West Indies for the second Test in Holder’s absence.
For New Zealand, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee were selected only for the first ODI with Neil Broom and Mitchell Santner replacing them for the last two ODIs. Tom Latham has been captain for the last two ODIs.
Sunil Ambris was ruled out of the West Indies’ squad for the ODI series. As he sustained a fracture of the left forearm on the final day of the second Test. Colin de Grandhomme was ruled out of New Zealand’s ODI squad due to a family reason and was replaced by Doug Bracewell.
Ahead of the ODI fixtures, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, and Alzarri Joseph were all ruled out of the West Indies’ squad. Sheldon Cottrell and Chadwick Walton replaced Samuels and Joseph respectively in the ODI squad.
Shimron Hetmyer was also named as Sunil Ambris’ replacement for the ODIs following his injury in the second Test. Adam Milne injured his foot ahead of the second ODI and was replaced by Seth Rance in New Zealand’s squad.
New Zealand completed a clean sweep of the West Indies in their one-day series with a commanding 66- run victory in a rain-affected third and final match in Christchurch on Tuesday.
With the match reduced to 23-overs-a-side, the West Indies were set a revised target of 166 in reply to New Zealand’s 131.
At the close, they were 99 for nine, after recovering from an initial collapse which saw them at nine for five and threatening Zimbabwe’s world record ODI low of 35.
West Indies continues a miserable tour after a 2-0 defeat in the Test series. After the India tour, we see New Zealand be confident as whitewash their opponents.
Tim Southee is named as New Zealand’s captain for the first T20 with Kane Williamson captaining the side for the last two matches. Ross Taylor is selected for the first T20 only while Trent Boult is selected to play in the third match. Shai Hope has replaced Samuels in the T20 squad for West Indies, while Ashley Nurse will replace Narine.
1st T20I: 29th December 2017
2nd T20I: 1st January 2018
3rd T20I: 3rd January 2018