(Sportsmax) West Indies batting great Sir Vivian Richards believes the Windies team, losers of their first Test against New Zealand, will have a harder time of things when the second Test begins on December 9.
Windies lost the first Test by an innings and will be without their captain Jason Holder for the second Test that starts on Saturday in Hamilton.
Holder has been suspended for one Test and fined 60 per cent of his match fee, and his team-mates fined 30 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during their innings defeat to New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington.
Richards, the only Windies captain never to lose a Test series, believes it will be harder for the inexperienced Caribbean side without their leader.
“It’s going to be tough and especially since he is the captain; and it would have some effect on whether or not the confidence factor is there and especially after losing the very first one, you wouldn’t want to lose again,” Sir Vivian said.
“This is the best which we have at present so he would certainly be missed with that lineup.”