CHANGES may be on the cards as the New Zealand cricket team looks to bounce back from its nine-wicket thrashing against the West Indies in the second and final test, starting later this week.
The Black Caps’ bowlers failed to trouble the West Indian batters, while their batsmen failed to convert some promising starts into big scores.
Captain Ross Taylor said their could be changes as they look to square the series.
“It’ll definitely be a different wicket. There could be a few changes,” Taylor told APNZ.
“To win the next game we need to take 20 wickets so we need to bowl nice and straight. We’ve got to take our chances in the field, and hopefully the top order can continue to score the runs that we did and the middle order players can score some runs and help them out.”
The options are less clear with the bowlers, with Trent Boult and Tim Southee hardly pressing their case to replace Chris Martin, Doug Bracewell and first-test debutant Neil Wagner.
Martin claimed three wickets in the West Indies‘ first innings total of 522, while Bracewell’s useful lower-order batting will give him an edge over the challengers.
It would be unfair to discard Wagner after one test.
He only took one wicket, but looked strong throughout the match.
Leg-spinner Tarun Nethula could force his way in to give Daniel Vettori support after the former captain struggled in Antigua.
The left-armer got through 51 overs in the first innings but picked up only 1-124 and barely figured in the second.