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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has announced that the national team’s tour of West Indies “will certainly be a good challenge”.
Williamson’s comments come after New Zealand beat the West Indies 2-0 in their last Test series in December 2013.
However, Williamson believes this Test series will not be so easy since the conditions in West Indies are almost opposite to that of New Zealand.
“It will certainly be a good challenge in their conditions,” Williamson said. “We played them at home and did very well. But, as we all know, the conditions are the complete opposite to what we’re used to, so spin and things like that come into it a lot more. It will be a great challenge for us and one we’re looking forward to. The team has been playing well and if we can adapt to those conditions, there’s no reason why we can’t perform.
“There is a whole bunch of young guys in the side at the moment. I’m not sure what the average age is, but it’s very young with some experienced players like Brendon McCullum and senior heads that have been around for a while.
“There are a lot of young cricketers, some of whom have some games under their belts and are becoming more experienced. There are still a few young guys that are extremely talented and it’s nice to see a few allrounders coming into the mix as well.
“When you do have that core, you’re going to learn a lot. Perhaps last time in England [a 2-0 defeat last May], we got exposed as a young side and we learnt a lot from that. But by playing together, you can only move forward. Win or lose, you’re ultimately gaining those experiences and improving.”