Kingston: The superstitious would regard this team as being slightly jinxed but New Zealand, in actual cricketing terms, need a herculean effort to turn the tide and combat West Indies ahead of the second ODI here on Saturday.
You haven't played together as a team for three months. Forget warm-up games, you arrive for a long tour in completely different conditions from home without even a camp for the entire squad. One of your best batsmen, also your first-choice wicketkeeper, who has already had a month's break, is "rested" for the limited-overs leg of the tour. After you get hammered in the Twenty20s, there emerge reports of his arriving sometime "midway" during the ODI series, but scarcely anyone has a clue when exactly he is expected to reach, while his side gets thrashed again in the first ODI.
Another of your top batsmen is trading blows in a boxing ring, an allrounder is busy playing domestic T20s in England, and to top it all, you have lost your regular captain to injury in the first match of the tour. Welcome to an ongoing demonstration on How Not To Approach A Cricket Tour, or New Zealand's tour of West Indies.