Friday, December 15, 2017

Black Caps brace for Windies backlash*

SHORT-PITCHED BARRAGE: West Indies’ Shai Hope, centre, avoids a bouncer on day four of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington, Sunday. — Photo: AFP


DESPITE a crushing win in the opening Test in Wellington, the Black Caps are not writing off a West Indies fightback in the second and final Test, starting here Saturday. The Caribbean side played poorly to lose by an innings and 67 runs inside four days, to fall 1-0 behind in the two-match series. However, New zealand head coach Mike Hesson said recent history suggested the Windies would could back stronger at Seddon Park, and stressed his side needed to be prepared for the backlash.

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