Seamers Will Be Vital Says Estwick

Assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes West Indies fast bowlers will have a critical role to play if the Caribbean side are to make an impact in the two-Test series against the Black Caps starting next month.

Coming off the recent Zimbabwe tour where spinners were vital because of the slow, turning tracks, Estwick said the conditions in New Zealand provided the opportunity for the Windies attack to show their quality.

Estwick said it was important for the pace attack to use the outing to familiarise themselves with conditions, ahead of the Test series.

“The pitches are completely different to what we encountered in Zimbabwe so all in all it was a very good day.”

West Indies arrived on a quest to win their first series on New Zealand soil in 22 years. They beat minnows Zimbabwe, 1-0, in a two-Test series in Bulawayo last month, to win their third Test in eight outings this year.

Estwick said the Windies’ performances had been improving steadily, and this had been in part owed to the outstanding work from the seamers.

“The fast bowlers have gone well for the last year. During that time you would realise we’ve won a Test match in every series so the fast bowlers have been doing a decent job,” he contended.

“What we have to try and do now is look to do even better in this series, so the fast bowlers are going to be very, very important. The thing about it is to get some miles in their legs, make sure they’re up and ready to go at New Zealand from ball one.”

The first Test gets underway at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on December 1.