KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) – The West Indies, up 1-0 in the two match series, won the toss and decided to field first against New Zealand on the opening day of the second Digicel Test at Sabina Park Thursday.
West Indies won the opening Test by nine-wickets last Monday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Opening batsman Chris Gayle made a successful return to Test cricket by hitting a century and an undefeated half-century in the win for the Windies and the Jamaican left-hander is hoping to deliver another good performance infront of his home fans.
Both sides were been forced to make changes to their line-ups with the West Indies bringing in fast bowler Tino Best to replace the injured Ravi Rampaul, while New Zealand have made chances to bring in B.J. Watling, Tim Southee and Trent Boult for the injured batsman Daniel Flynn and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, as well as Chris Martin, who was dropped for poor form.
WEST INDIES: Darren Sammy (captain), Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Tino Best
NEW ZEALAND: Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, B.J. Watling, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Kruger van Wyk (wicketkeeper), Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
UMPIRES: Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Paul Reiffel (Australia)
TV UMPIRE: Richard Kettleborough (England)
MATCH REFEREE: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
RESERVE UMPIRE: Gregory Brathwaite (West Indies/Barbados)