‘Patience will be the most important thing for this series’, says Marlon Samuels

"The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit on the slow side so it [will depend on] who can occupy the crease the longest and win more sessions"

“The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit on the slow side so it [will depend on] who can occupy the crease the longest and win more sessions”

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West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has announced that “patience will be the most important thing” during the national team’s upcoming Test series against New Zealand.

Samuels noted that batsmen have to occupy the crease for long periods of time, while the slower bowlers and spinners will have to keep on toiling until they get the breakthrough.

“The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit on the slow side so it [will depend on] who can occupy the crease the longest and win more sessions,” Samuels toldCMC. “Patience will be the most important thing for this series for the batsmen and bowlers. [You will have to] bowl in good areas and be patient in every way that is possible to win, because it is going to be a tough series. These pitches get flat sometimes and they are still on the slow side so whosoever is more patient will come out on top.”

Meanwhile New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson revealed that it is unlikely for Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig, both of whom are spinners, to feature in the squad for the first Test in Jamaica.

“Kingston doesn’t have a lot of grass on it but it holds together and certainly has a lot more pace,” Hesson told the Dominion Post. “We haven’t seen the wicket and we have to decide whether we play a third seamer [Wagner] or a second spinner [Craig]. Whoever we leave out will be unlucky because they’ve both performed really well.”

One other issue the New Zealand camp is dealing with at the minute is deciding who will open the batting. Hesson conceded that he had some ideas, but added that captain Brendon McCullum’s input would also be considered.

“We gave all of our openers chances at the top,” Hesson said. “We’ve got a pretty fair idea, but I’ve got to have a chat with our captain about that.”

However, New Zealand’s back-up wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi is highly unlikely to play in the first Test as he is allegedly suffering from a lung infection.

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