You won't want to miss the shortest-form matches in Auckland and Wellington - here's why.

Six reasons the ANZ Twenty20 Series v West Indies is a can't miss

The ANZ International Series versus the West Indies ends with two Twenty20 encounters against the Twenty20 world champions. 

Match one is at Eden Park on Saturday night, while match two is at Westpac Stadium on Wednesday 15 January, with both matches starting at 7pm. Be part of the action and get your tickets.  

Here's six reasons why the series is one you can't miss: 

1. The BLACKCAPS batting line up 
OK, so the match in Queenstown was a shortened ODI rather than a T20 - but anyone watching Corey Anderson's world record-breaking assault, quietly backed up up by Jesse Ryder's two-run-a-ball hundred will be well aware of the damage the BLACKCAPS batting line-up can do. Take the explosive potential of Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Anderson and add in the lower order of Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, and Tim Southee... it's a line up capable of scoring fast. And big. 

Twenty20 cricket is often decided by one or two players putting in a special performance - with the BLACKCAPS firepower, you'd have to fancy the chances of that happening.  


2. Erm, the West Indies batting line up
After having kept the tourists' big hitters quiet-ish for five weeks, the 5th ANZ ODI in Hamilton was a big reminder of what they're capable of. Kieran Powell, Dwayne Bravo and Kirk Edwards plundered nine sixes and 36 fours between them, and will fancy their chances of clearing the ropes in the shorter form. The BLACKCAPS attack will have to be accurate with their lengths, not to mention lines, to avoid a repeat. 


3. Adam Milne should get a run
The Devon Hotel Central Stags paceman Adam Milne has been clocked bowling at over 150km, and is a good chance to get a run in Auckland or Wellington. Milne has played four T20 matches for the BLACKCAPS, picking up one wicket at an economy rate of 11.83, and will be keen to test himself in his home conditions. Express pace has great value in the short format (think Dale Steyn, Brett Lee and Dirk Nannes), and this will be a golden opportunity for the BLACKCAPS to find their own.  

With Kyle Mills and Kane Williamson taking part in the HRV Twenty20 over the weekend, Milne, along with Colin Munro and Jimmy Neesham will look to make an impression on the selectors in the shortest form. 


4. There's a 50% chance you'll see a tie. 
Of the six times the BLACKCAPS and West Indies have played each other in Twenty20, three have been tied. As stats go, that's pretty remarkable (!). 

Here's a flashback to 2008, when an Eden Park tie was decided by a one-over eliminator. 



5. We're playing the world champions, and there's a World Cup around the corner. 
In just over two months' time, the cricket world will be in Bangladesh for ICC 2014 World T20. With the format omitted from the ANZ International Series v India, this will be the last chance for the BLACKCAPS to test themselves in the format. And what better test than the world champions, a crown the West Indies hold after winning the 2010 World T20 in Sri Lanka.


6. You could win $100,000 with just one hand
Michael Morton showed how it's done in Hamilton on Wednesday - with both teams looking to go big at Eden Park and Westpac Stadium, you stand a good chance of grabbing a decent bit of pocket money for the summer in the Tui Beer Catch A Million competition.  

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