16 Dec 2013

Batting deficiencies the focus for West Indies

3:35 pm on 16 December 2013

Overcoming their batting deficiencies against swing bowling is the priority for the West Indies as they try to salvage a drawn series against the New Zealand cricket side.

The third and final test begins in Hamilton on Thursday, with the home side one-nil up on the back of a comprehensive three day win in Wellington last week.

The Black Caps got the weekend off having chalked up their first test win in over a year while the West Indies were in training mode.

Coach Otis Gibson says while New Zealand are bowling well the tourists have come up against swing bowling before and should be coping better.

Gibson says they knew before arriving New Zealand would be a tough assignment and says the Black Caps deserved to win the series here against England earlier in the year.

Last week's win was the Black Caps first test victory in more than a year and has them on course for their first genuine series in over five years.

There have been one test series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe which New Zealand has won in the intervening period, but Hamilton looms as a highlight for the side in what has been a barren run.