West Indies star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is working overtime to get ready for the upcoming Test Series against New Zealand. The champion left-hander said he is looking to achieve his personal goals as well as overall team success. He is of the firm belief the Windies have the ability to win the series and move up the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rankings. “I want to improve all the time. I try harder, I work harder and I try to eliminate any mistakes. I just try to get better. The aim is to improve my skills. You never know what will happen on the cricket field, but you know once you prepare properly you give yourself every chance to play well,” he said. In September, the 34-year-old was named the ICC’s International Cricketer of the Year. He is the Number 1 batsman in the latest Test match rankings, published earlier this week. “I have been playing for so long and I want to win. As much as I do well personally I want to win as a team as well. That would be good for everyone. We have an opportunity here to start winning some games and make some steps up the rankings.” “We have a young team, guys who have not experienced these kinds of conditions before. It comes back to how well we can get acclimatized to the conditions out here and get accustomed to the pitches. It is obvious, they all have talent, in the Caribbean we are full of talent but it is how well we can perform in each department,” Chanderpaul said. FIXTURES Friday, Dec 5 to Sunday, Dec 7: vs Auckland at Eden Park Outer Oval Thursday, Dec 11 to Monday, Dec 15: 1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin Friday Dec 19 to Tuesday, Dec 23: 2nd Test at McLean Park, Napier Friday, Dec 26: 1st T20 International at Eden Park, Auckland Sunday, Dec 28: 2nd T20 International at Seddon Park, Hamilton Wednesday, Dec 31: 1st ODI at Queenstown Event Centre, Queenstown Saturday, Jan 3: 2nd ODI at AMI Stadium, Christchurch Wednesday, Jan 7: 3rd ODI at Westpac Stadium, Wellington Saturday Jan 10: 4th ODI at Eden Park, Auckland Tuesday, Jan 13: 5th ODI at McLean Park, Napier SQUAD: Chris Gayle (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (Vice Captain), Lionel Baker, Carlton Baugh Jnr, Sulieman Benn, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Fidel Edwards, Leon Johnson, Xavier Marshall, Brendan Nash, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor. STAFF: Omar Khan (Team Manager), John Dyson (Head Coach), David Williams (Assistant Coach), C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist), Steve Folkes (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Richard Berridge (Analyst), Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist), Philip Spooner (Media Officer)