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(SPORTSMAX) As the West Indies squad continues to prepare to take on New Zealand in three T2o Internationals and two Tests later this month, West Indies batsman Shamarh Brooks said he is eagerly anticipating the challenge.
The 32-year-old Barbadian and his teammates are just a few days away from their first warm-up match against New Zealand ‘A’ at the Queenstown Events Centre on Thursday and then another at the same venue on November 25, two days before the first T20I at Eden Park on November 20.
Brooks, who has a Test century against Afghanistan and three half centuries in his six-Test career, said the Windies are simply looking forward to playing quality cricket against their formidable opponents.
“When I look at Test cricket here, I know that New Zealand is a tough team to beat at home but we are definitely looking forward to the challenge,” Brooks said.
“We are a unified unit and basically looking to play good cricket and make the region proud.”
With that in mind, the warm-up games are going to be very important to the team’s preparation.
“Just for the guys to get that mileage in their legs again; the bowlers getting some overs under their belts and the batsmen spending some time in the middle. I think that will be key,” Brooks said while revealing that so far things have been going relatively smoothly.
Preparation, he said, has been “very, very good.”
“It has been a different experience in terms of the pitches we have practiced on. I am actually enjoying them and looking forward to our practice game coming up in the next couple days,” Brooks said.