After no results in a drawn two-match Test series, it's understandable that both New Zealand and West Indies would be desperate to slip into a new format with hopes of notching up a result. While neither side has really been comfortable in Test cricket this year, it might be stretching it to say they're more comfortable in Twenty20. New Zealand haven't proven a very good Twenty20 side, as five wins in 16 outings indicate. In fact, they've lost their last seven matches, dating back to September 2007. West Indies have just three wins from eight games - in the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa last year, they lost both their matches and a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh was particularly galling.
It is against that scenario that the two teams move into the limited-overs leg of the tour - starting with a pair of Twenty20 matches before five one-day internationals. The venue for the first game on Boxing Day is Auckland's Eden Park, where the two teams have played just one Twenty20 match, in February 2006
, which resulted in a tie when both teams scored 126.
While these two Twenty20 matches will ideally provide a platform for results after the Tests ended without a definitive winner, both sides will need to pick themselves up. Seven of the current West Indies squad were part of the Stanford Superstars side that won the US$20 million winner-takes-all Standford 20/20 for 20 extravaganza in Antigua last month, so that should give the side plenty of confidence.