Windies to target Williamson and Taylor


West Indies captain Jason Holder says his team will target New Zealand’s senior batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in the upcoming two-match Test series, starting on Friday in Wellington.

Kiwi captain Williamson and Taylor have 142 Test caps between them and will occupy positions three and four in the home side’s batting order.

However, the experienced duo will be followed by Henry Nicholls (14 Tests), Colin de Grandhomme(6 Tests) and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, who is yet to make his debut in the longest format.

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Holder wants to exploit the home team’s inexperienced middle-order as the Windies aim for their first win in New Zealand in 22 years.

The visiting skipper said: “We know the calibre of player both (Williamson and Taylor) of them are. It’s just a matter of us being patient and sticking to our plans.

“Over the next few days, we’ll sit down and have some discussion around those two players.

“I think they’re their main players, but you can’t rule out a guy like Tom Latham. He’s done well in the past for New Zealand and he’s carrying some current form as well.”

The second and final Test of the series will be played in Hamilton from 9 December with the teams also set to contest three ODIs and three T20Is.