Williamson caught off guard by spin

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Batsman Kane Williamson conceded the remainder of New Zealand's order will face a tough task in combating the West Indies spinners – in turning conditions – come day three of the third and final Test.

Batsman Kane Williamson conceded the remainder of New Zealand's order will face a tough task in combating the West Indies spinners – in turning conditions – come day three of the third and final Test.

Seddon Park in Hamilton brought uncharacteristic spin and bounce on Thursday, as the recalled Sunil Narine's twin breakthroughs reduced the hosts to 156 for three in reply to the Windies' 367 all out.

Narine's brace included the removal of Williamson, who scored a fighting half-century during a 95-run alliance alongside former captain Ross Taylor. Left-arm slow bowler Veerasammy Permaul, meanwhile, delivered a handful of economical spells.

"I've never really seen it spin like that in Hamilton, but they're the cards we've been dealt and we need to turn up with a change of gameplan as a batting unit to face a lot of spin on a wicket that's very much conducive to spin bowling," said Williamson.

"None of the last two wickets have spun very much and we didn't expect this one to either. That's the way it is, you've got to roll with those changes and adapt accordingly.

"The challenge is different here having been thrown a curve ball. It's a challenge for this team having taken steps to see how we adapt in favourable conditions to the opposition."

Taylor and skipper Brendon McCullum will resume on 56 not out and 11 not out respectively, as the the Kiwis target the gradual reduction of a 211-run deficit before potentially stretching through a vital first-innings lead.

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