It's hot and humid in Kingston and the forecast is for a chance of thunderstorms over the next few days. The pitch at Sabina Park is expected to have more pace and bounce than the one Antigua. "It's a typical Jamaica wicket," Darren Sammy said. "Plenty of runs in it and hopefully something in it for the bowlers. The wicket here has some early moisture, [but] most pitches in the Caribbean are good for batting. Sides come here, win toss and bat first."
Ross Taylor said: "It's a welcome change. We struggled to maintain pressure on the West Indies batsmen and I'm sure the bowlers are looking forward to having some bounce and putting pressure on the West Indies batsmen."
Team news West Indies brought Fidel Edwards into the squad because Ravi Rampaul sustained a groin strain. However, with Tino Best, who sat out in the first Test, already in the squad, Edwards might have to watch from the sidelines. West Indies: (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Assad Fudadin, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Tino Best, 11 Kemar Roach.
New Zealand have to fill Vettori's spot and the only other specialist spinner in the squad is the legspinner Tarun Nethula, who could be in line for a Test debut. They must also find a new opening combination after Daniel Flynn was ruled out due to a groin injury. BJ Watling is the only back-up batsman in the squad and could slot straight in to open alongside Martin Guptill, or could slot in down the order to allow Brendon McCullum to open.
"Daniel has been carrying the grade one injury [a right adductor muscle strain] since the last day of the first Test but had responded positively to treatment," Paul Close, the New Zealand physio, said. "We felt there was a reasonable chance he would be fit to play but his progress over the past 24 hours plateaued. He was still experiencing pain during the team training session today with a subsequent fitness test ruling him out. We are confident he will be fully fit in time for the upcoming tour of India."
New Zealand: (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Brendon McCullum, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Kane Williamson, 6 Dean Brownlie, 7 Kruger van Wyk (wk), 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Neil Wagner, 10 Tarun Nethula, 11 Chris Martin
9.35am Toss: West Indies have won the toss and decided to field.
9.40am Tino Best comes in for the injured Rampaul. West Indies: Sammy, Best, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Fudadin, Gayle, Narine, Powell, Ramdin, Roach and Samuels
West Indies team CH Gayle, KOA Powell, AB Fudadin, MN Samuels, S Chanderpaul, N Deonarine, D Ramdin†, DJG Sammy*, SP Narine, KAJ Roach, TL Best New Zealand team MJ Guptill, BB McCullum, LRPL Taylor*, N Wagner, KS Williamson, DG Brownlie, BJ Watling, CFK van Wyk†, DAJ Bracewell, TA Boult, TG Southee
QUite a few changes to the NZ side...Martin has been dropped, too.