The first test match between New Zealand and the West Indies begins Wednesday, 25th July till 29th July at North Sound, Antigua.
The West Indies captain Sammy is very excited at the return of Chris Gayle and is hopeful that Gayle's arrival will boost up his top-order line.
Gayle has not played a test since 2010 but seems to be quite in shape. In a first class match since his last test, Gayle made impressive 165 off 155 balls for Jamica earlier this year against the Windward Islands.
For West Indies, the two-match series is a chance to improve their recent Test record; the only one of their past 10 Test series they have won was against Bangladesh.
As for the New Zealand, fast bowler Trent Boult and the wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling have been ruled out of the squad against West Indies. Instead, left-arm fast bowler Neil Wagner is a strong candidate to make his Test debut after impressing during the tour match, in which he took 3 for 65.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath, Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Vettori, Kruger van Wyk, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Chris Martin.
On-field umpires: Paul Reiffel, Richard Kettelborough
Third umpire: Marais Erasmus
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle
The match is scheduled ffrom 25-29 July at Antigua daily at 10:00 AM Local Time |14:00 GMT
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