West Indies get work out against UAE

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The West Indies players continued their build-up for the upcoming tour of New Zealand with an easy victory by 173 runs over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.

The West Indies rattled up 288-6 from 50 overs and dismissed the home team for 115 off 32 overs. Left-hander Brendan Nash topscored with 87, while Ramnaresh Sarwan made 86 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul chipped in with 45 not out.

In the bowling department pacers Kemar Roach and Lionel Baker were lively and accurate. Roach unsettled the top-order and ended with 3-24 while Baker maintained the pressure to finish with 2-32. Nash took 2-18 with his medium-pace.

Team Manager Omar Khan said since the conclusion of the three-match series against Pakistan the players have been doing fitness and strength work as well as planning for the series in New Zealand.

“We have had several planning meetings where we have looked at several areas of our game and how we can improve and be ready for the challenge of facing New Zealand,” he said.

“The match against the UAE was a very good work-out for the players. We got what we wanted, that was to give the players a chance to get into the middle. We also saw some of the younger players making good contributions.”

Khan added: “This is all part of the preparations for what will be a long tour of New Zealand. When we arrive we will continue the preparation work there as we get acclimatized to the conditions in New Zealand.”

The West Indies will arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand early next week where they will play two Tests two T20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals on the tour of New Zealand.

SQUAD: Chris Gayle (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (Vice Captain), Lionel Baker, Carlton Baugh Jnr, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Leon Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor.

Fixtures

vs Auckland at Eden Park Outer Oval

Friday, Dec 5 to Sunday, Dec 7

1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin

Thursday, Dec 11 to Monday, Dec 25

2nd Test at McLean Park, Napier

Friday Dec 19 to Tuesday, Dec 23

1st T20 International at Eden Park, Auckland

Friday, Dec 26

2nd T20 International at Seddon Park, Hamilton

Sunday, Dec 28

1st ODI at Queenstown Event Centre, Queenstown

Wednesday, Dec 31

2nd ODI at AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Saturday, Jan 3

3rd ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Wednesday, Jan 7

4th ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

Saturday Jan 10

5th ODI at McLean Park, Napier

Tuesday, Jan 13