Kane Williamson will get another chance to win the elusive T20 World Cup in less than 12 months time in Australia. AP Photo
Kane Williamson will get another chance to win the elusive T20 World Cup in less than 12 months time in Australia. AP Photo

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain said that his team is improving on its style of play as BlackCaps gear up to take on West Indies in a white-ball series.

New Zealand and West Indies will play three T20Is and three ODIs in a tightly packed schedule, beginning August 11. The matches will be held in a space of just 11 days in Kingston and Bridgetown.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs against West Indies.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs against West Indies. (Courtesy: Reuters)

Kane Williamson Feels New Zealand Is Improving As A Side

New Zealand and West Indies will play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs. The tour forms part of the next cycle of the ICC white-ball tournament, with the qualification points on the line for the ODI World Cup 2023.
“It is great to come here to West Indies. All the players are really excited,” Kane Williamson said in a video shared by the BlackCaps.
“It is a fantastic place to be playing cricket against a very dynamic side. We are growing as a side, getting better, and improving on the style of play that is important to us.”
New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)
New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)

Unlike West Indies, who lost their previous series against India, New Zealand is coming to the fixture after having successful outings against Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands.

New Zealand ended their month-long Europe tour with 11 wins in 11 white-ball matches against Ireland, Scotland, and The Netherlands.

Mitchell Santner led the squad with senior key players rested for the tour. But Kiwis have named a strong squad for the West Indies tour with regular captain Kane Williamson leading the returning trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Devon Conway.

Kane Williamson Reckons West Indies Are One Of The Top Teams In The World

Kane Williamson, who was rested for the bilateral series against Ireland, Netherlands, and Scotland, has returned to lead New Zealand. The tour forms a part of the next cycle of the ICC white-ball tournament, with the qualification points on the line for the ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
Talking about West Indies, Kane Williamson said: “West Indies are always one of the top teams in the world. So, it is a great occasion for us to be playing against them in their backyard.”
2023 ODI World Cup (Photo: AFP)
2023 ODI World Cup (Photo: AFP)
After losing the T20I series against India, West Indies will now face New Zealand in a three-match T20I series, slated to start on August 11 (Thursday).
Both teams have already announced their squads and it is going to be an exciting contest between the two strong-looking teams. West Indies have failed to win any of the last five T20I meetings against New Zealand.
West Indies suffered a big home 1-4 defeat against India in the T20I series and a 0-3 whitewash in the ODI series. West Indies have decided to name the same squad for the T20I series against West Indies with Nicholas Pooran leading the charge.

New Zealand ODI and T20I squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

West Indies T20I squad: Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell (vc), Shamarh Brooks, Dominic Drakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

WI vs NZ Probable Playing XIs

West Indies:

Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shimron Hetmyer, Odean Smith, Nicholas Pooran (C & WK), Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh

New Zealand:

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips (WK), Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson