New Zealands breakthrough win in the second Test against the West Indies has given them a taste for victory which they hope to experience again in the third Test starting in Hamilton on Thursday. The win at Wellingtons Basin Reserve,by an innings and 83 runs,was New Zealands first in more than a year and their first in 11 Test matches under the joint stewardship of coach Mike Hesson and captain Brendon McCullum.
New Zealand hold a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and wicketkeeper BJ Watling said its a great feeling to win test matches. Weve got ourselves into positions to win two Tests now and weve got to do it again here.
The West Indies bid to tie the series has been confounded by the suspension of spinner Shane Shillingford for an illegal bowling action.
Shillingford played in the drawn first Test at Dunedin and the second Test at Wellington while awaiting the results of an independent biomechanical analysis of his action,required after he was reported during the second Test against India in Mumbai in mid-November.
His loss on the eve of the final Test deals a heavy blow to the West Indies chances as their bowling attack is already under pressure. Shillingfords place in the West Indies lineup likely will be taken by off-spinner Sunil Narine in a change which might cause some anxiety to the New Zealand batsmen. Narine has taken only 15 wickets in his five Tests to date but he took 12 of those in the West Indies two-Test series against New Zealand at home last year.
Pitch and overhead conditions at Hamiltons Seddon Park are more likely to support swing and seam bowling than spinners. New Zealands new-ball pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee have taken 15 and 11 wickets respectively in the series so far and the home side is unlikely to depart from a successful formula. I dont think too much will change, Watling said. Were definitely coming out here to win.