NZ win toss, bat first against West Indies in first Test

DUNEDIN: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and decided to bat first here Thursday against the West Indies in the first of a two Test series.

New Zealand received a blow with the withdrawal of injury-prone star all-rounder Jacob Oram who is suffering from a calf strain. Oram had been due to return from an injury break which saw him miss the 2-0 series loss to Australia last month.

His place in the squad for the first home Test of the new season was taken by pace bowler Kyle Mills.

New Zealand has dropped its main strike bowler Chris Martin for the match, after he appeared to be short of full fitness in the Australian series. He was replaced by the relatively inexperienced Mark Gillespie.

The West Indies picked Australian-born batsman Brendan Nash for his debut for his adopted country.

The 30-year-old played seven seasons for Queensland, before moving to Jamaica last year, hopeful of emulating his father who represented the island in swimming at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.