Blackcaps batsman Henry Nicholls wary of West Indies ahead of second Test in Hamilton

  • 07/12/2017

The Blackcaps might have racked up a comprehensive first Test win over the West Indies, but there's little chance of complacency going into the second beginning at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

The New Zealanders cruised to win the first Test by an innings and 67 runs inside four days at the Basin Reserve, but batsman Henry Nicholls said the victory wasn't as comfortable as it looked.         

"When you win a Test in four days, it might look from the outside as if it was easy, but we certainly saw at times the way they were able to put partnerships together, both with the bat and the ball."    

The Canterbury left-hander crafted a steady 67 runs in New Zealand's first innings tally, putting on 127 for the fourth wicket with Ross Taylor.             

Nicholls says a quick look at the West Indies' second Test win against England earlier this year provides the perfect antidote to any complacency the Kiwis might be feeling.

After losing the opening Test by an innings at 209 runs at Edgbaston, the Windies rebounded to take the second by five wickets at Headingley, headlined by twin centuries to Shai Hope.            

"We saw on their England tour after they lost the first Test at Lord's the way they can bounce back, so we're fully prepared for that," Nicholls said. 

The West Indies will be missing Jason Holder for the second Test, the skipper suspended for his team's slow over rate in Wellington.        

Because Holder was found guilty of the same offence during a Test against Pakistan in April - making it two indiscretions in a 12-month period - he was handed a one-match suspension.      

The 26-year-old pace bowler is likely to be replaced by Devendra Bishoo, and Nicholls says the legspinner will bring a different dynamic to the Windies bowling attack.            

Allrounder Roston Chase and opener Kraigg Brathwaite both sent down a few overs of spin in the first Test, Chase picking up a couple of wickets, but Nicholls says Bishoo would bring something different.           

"He's an attacking leg spinner, so if he plays it'll add another dimension to their attack that we'll need to be ready for." 

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