Narine cherishes Badree, Santokie support

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The in-form Sunil Narine is looking forward to a successful alliance alongside spin bowler Samuel Badree and seamer Krishmar Santokie during the West Indies' Twenty20 International series against New Zealand.

The in-form Sunil Narine is looking forward to a successful alliance alongside spin bowler Samuel Badree and seamer Krishmar Santokie during the West Indies' Twenty20 International series against New Zealand.

Badree, Santokie and Narine represented the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. The trio, however, were not selected for the Test series against the Black Caps.

"I think it's a good, friendly rivalry. I think Badree has been doing very well over the past couple of months. I think he's been doing a good job so that's why he's number one. So hopefully I can do as good as him and hopefully pass him this series," said Narine.

"I think Santokie has been a very excellent bowler. The couple of games he has played for West Indies, he has been getting early breakthroughs for us and that makes it a lot easier in the middle and at the end. So I think Santokie starting up and getting early wickets does a lot for West Indies."

The 26-year-old Narine will face a staunch task against an opposition order laden with big-hitters Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and BJ Watling.

"The key component is probably to be as relaxed as possible because it's a very intense game and batsmen are always coming at you. So the minute you get too hyper you tend to do what you're not accustomed to. So just stay as relaxed as possible and maintain the skill level that you have," he concluded.

The Windies and Kiwis will meet for two T20Is on Saturday and Sunday. Both fixtures will be played at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica.

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