Samuels calls for patience

  • Last Updated: June 7 2014, 11:49 BST

Marlon Samuels believes patience will be key as slow pitches could turn the West Indies' three-match Test series against New Zealand into a war of attrition.

Marlon Samuels: Prepares to clash with New Zealand
Marlon Samuels: Prepares to clash with New Zealand

Denesh Ramdin takes over as West Indies captain for the first time as the series gets under way at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday.

Pacemen Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach have both been recalled since Ramdin's appointment, but it could be the return of left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn that is a crucial factor given the expected conditions.

"The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit on the slow side," Samuels told the Caribbean Media Corporation.

"So it (will depend on) who can occupy the crease the longest and win more sessions.

"Patience will be the most important thing for this series for the batsmen and bowlers. (You will have to) bowl in good areas and be patient in every way that is possible to win, because it is going to be a tough series.

"These pitches get flat sometimes and they are still on the slow side so whosoever is more patient will come out on top."

Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi and off-spinner Mark Craig are hoping to make their Test debuts for the tourists, but head coach Mike Hesson remains undecided.

Craig could be included as a second slow-bowling option alongside Ish Sodhi, while a third seamer may be preferred in the form of Neil Wagner.

"Kingston doesn't have a lot of grass on it but it holds together and certainly has a lot more pace," Hesson told the Dominion Post.

"We haven't seen the wicket and we have to decide whether we play a third seamer or a second spinner. Whoever we leave out will be unlucky because they've both performed really well."