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New Zealand vs West Indies 2017: 5 reasons why the Windies can beat the Kiwis in the Test series

Sahil Jain
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920   //    30 Nov 2017, 21:52 IST

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Roach and Gabriel will look to provide early breakthroughs

The West Indies team have been on tours since 2015. In fact, they’ve played only two Test series at home in the last three years. Also, they haven’t been able to win a Test series against the top seven teams since 2012. However, they defied all odds to beat England in a Test at Headingley earlier this year.

Thus, this two-match Test series in New Zealand provides them with the perfect opportunity to set the record straight and show the world what they are capable of.

Here, we look at five reasons why this Windies team can beat New Zealand in their own den.

#5 New ball pair of Roach and Gabriel

Kemar Roach, ever since his comeback, has been on a rampage. He’s bowling fast, moving the ball in the air and off the pitch as well. The numbers though do not give an indication of how well he’s bowled since his comeback in August this year.

He has complemented Shannon Gabriel brilliantly. Gabriel himself has been in very good form. He is West Indies’ leading wicket-taker in Tests this year (27 wickets at an average of 26.52). Both bowlers can trouble the Kiwi batsmen with their raw pace. They can move the ball around as well.

Roach and Gabriel looked in very good rhythm in the warm-up game as well and are a big threat to the Kiwi top order. 

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