The World Test Championship is “extremely significant” to the West Indies – a team trying to return to the upper levels of Test cricket.
This is according to Head Coach Phil Simmons, ahead of the two Test series against New Zealand which starts this evening at 6 o’clock.
With one win and four losses, West Indies languish in 7th place in the competition with 40 points, only ahead of South Africa and Bangladesh in the standings.
New Zealand are 4th with 180 points coming from three wins and four losses.
Each Test series is worth 120 points and, given that there are two games against the Kiwis, a win in each game is worth 60 points, a tie is worth 30 points and a draw is worth 20 points.
Coach Simmons says the Test team is coming into the series with “some confidence” after two warm up matches and good outings for the batsmen.
Kraigg Brathwaite scored a double-century and Darren Bravo scored a hundred in the first game and just missed on a second ton in the following match.
After a 2-0 loss in the T20I series, Simmons is hoping a change in format means a change in fortunes for the regional team.
SCHEDULE (T&T time):
19 Nov, 6PM – Tour Match – New Zealand A v West Indians at Queenstown (drawn)
25 Nov, 6PM – Tour Match – New Zealand A v West Indians at Queenstown (drawn)
27 Nov, 2AM – 1st T20I – New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland (NZ won by 5 wickets [D/L])
28 Nov, 9PM – 2nd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui (NZ won by 72 runs)
30 Nov, 2AM – 3rd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui (no result)
2 Dec, 6PM – 1st Test – New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton
10 Dec, 6PM – 2nd Test – New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington