New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Dunedin, 1st day December 3, 2013

Taylor, McCullum centuries drive NZ

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New Zealand 367 for 3 (Taylor 103*, McCullum 109*) v West Indies
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McGlashan: Perfect first day for New Zealand

A power-packed double-act from New Zealand's experienced duo of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor tormented West Indies' bowlers in Dunedin after Darren Sammy, without hesitation, had chosen to field on a grassy pitch. The two batsmen brought up their long-awaited centuries and added 182 runs at frenetic pace to start New Zealand's summer in the best possible manner.

The last time Taylor scored a century - in November 2012 - he was still the captain of New Zealand, but the search for a triple-digit score in McCullum's Test stats takes one back by three years when he hit a double-century in India. That was 47 innings ago. In those three years, McCullum continued to feature in the New Zealand Test team, saw the captaincy move from Daniel Vettori to Taylor, then to himself, but despite the added responsibility, his batting form didn't show any signs of revival. Until today.

McCullum joined Taylor just before tea having seen three of New Zealand's top-order batsmen waste good starts by throwing their wickets away. He brought the customary approach in the third session, attacking anything marginally full or short or, in some cases, perfectly good balls with utter disdain to help New Zealand ransack 173 runs in the 35-over long last session. At least a boundary was hit in 18 of those overs.

Shane Shillingford, who underwent testing on his bowling action in Perth recently, was included in the XI by West Indies and he bore the brunt of McCullum's assault, giving away 39 runs off 38 balls including two sixes and four fours. With no bowler being able to exert any pressure, McCullum raced away to his seventh century in 101 balls, his brutal pull over midwicket and a back foot punch over extra cover, both off Shanon Gabriel, being the two standout shots in his innings.

Taylor maintained a good pace as well, reaching his ninth century in 150 balls, but it appeared as if he was just holding an end. His innings was laced with 13 fours, dominated by crisp drives and square cuts.

Sammy had gleefully said it was the greenest pitch he had ever seen but his bowlers were not able to extract any help from it. As the day wore on, it became a true batting surface and both batsmen took full toll. It was only the third time in 51 Tests the two added more than 100 together, the current partnership by far their best. The stand ensured New Zealand took the driving position in the Test after they were 194 for 3 at tea.

The top three batsmen also had starts, but they failed to cash in on the insipid bowling. The local boy, Rutherford, who hit 171 on debut here, had scored 62, but he fell to a brilliant one-handed catch by Narsingh Deonarine towards the boundary. Fulton had been patient during his stay 228-minute stay, bringing up his sixth fifty-plus score this year, but he was caught at slip while trying to push at a delivery away from his body. Aaron Redmond, the No.3 filling in for the injured Kane Williamson, was also caught off a leading edge early in the second session while trying to clip a short of length delivery. The bowlers did little of credit in the three dismissals.

Not much went as per the script for West Indies. The opening bowlers - Tino Best and Gabriel - struggled to find the right length. Best worked up some pace but with a shorter length, the batsmen found it easy to either play it comfortably off the back foot or sway away from the line.

Best dabbled with a fuller length briefly in his first spell, but Rutherford used those deliveries as a springboard to his innings. Best's spell in the second session was a big improvement as he hurried the batsmen. He managed to get Redmond's wicket and could have had Taylor early too as the batsman fended at a short delivery. The ball ballooned over the slip cordon and, to the bowler's chagrin, rolled over to the boundary. He bowled tirelessly, but with shorter length and no movement, he was not going to trouble the batsmen.

Gabriel, who was preferred over left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell, remained ineffective across sessions, bowling benign spells and giving away 98 runs in his 17 overs.

Sammy, playing as the third seamer, found the movement that others didn't. He stuck to one length, getting the ball to swing away slightly and managed to find the outside edge of Fulton's bat, only to see it fly past third slip. It was Sammy who finally ended Fulton's innings just after the batsman was switching to a higher gear.

However, he too proved ineffective once Taylor and McCullum got going. The onslaught meant there was no respite in the southern hemisphere for West Indies after a month of battering in the subcontinent.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 4, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @CrICkeeet__Granted, Eng won the last ashes in Eng 3-0, but I think we can all agree that the score-line flattered Eng a bit. The series was a lot closer than the score-line suggested. Were it not for (as much as it pains me to say it) Broad's and Bell's magnificence the series would have turned out differently. I think their performances masked a lot of their team mates' short-coming. Cook, Swan, Trott, Prior and Root(to a certain extend) were all rubish in that series. The first test match of the ongoing ashes served to comfirm that very fact. Canberry for me is not a test opener, Cook is still out of form, so is Trott, Prior, Root and Swan. Add to that the fact that Bresnan was out of the first test due to injury, Pieterson didn't bat as well as expected, only Broad(ouch!!) came to the party and that Aus bowled brilliantly. So, all in all, I think it had more to do with Personnel rather than the wicket.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 4, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @Joe-car, ok dear.. leave sa vs ind or nz vs wi.. what ab8 ashes? Only in a few months nothing superbly change in Aus team.. bt u see the result nd how heavily it changed in totally opposite direction.. ok u can disagree thats ur choice yar. dont knw 4 how many years u watching but um watching 4 a long tym nd clearly i can feel a poor change, specially misusing the condition too much, i always lyk 2 watch archive matches as well as live nd when i relise the condition intensity now nd then i really hurt....but i believe one day u all can understand that.. bt um afraid cricket wont b cricket then nd its too late (i gonna b the happiest person if i proved wrong).

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 4, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    @CrICkeeet__With all due respect sir/madam, I hate arguing for the sake of arguement. So, let's just agree to disagree. And I'm not quite sure what you think SA beating Ind in SA and NZ beating WI in NZ proves. An SA test team is a far superior test team to an Indian one and, by the same token, so is a NZ team to a West Indian one.

  • POSTED BY inou007 on | December 3, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    this test will be over in 3 1/2 days. NZ should declare....they have enough for both innings of WI. WI batsmen have no chance against the swinging bowling if wagner, boult and southee....they will wreak WI

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I'm a little confused as to when I read articles about my team, New Zealand, there are always tons of comments about India for some reason and now increasingly more about Bangladesh when neither of those teams are involved in this series. Either you guys love cricket more than anyone I know or you have way too much time on your hands because your comments have nothing even close to do with the two teams playing... I saw someone mentioning Sachin .... why???

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | December 3, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    The think tank in Windies dressing room is also confusing. Shillingford was dangerous because he could bowl the doosra, but not wanting to deflate him, they pick him sending a signal to the kiwis that all the balls will only be turning in....they would have known this before a ball was bowled. Where are your brains gentlemen? Now, with two useless first choice bowlers, it means that Sammy, who bowled decently but with little effect because of his lack of pace against good batsmen, was the only one apparently threatening. They were happy to play Shillingford quietly, knowing he would be turning in. The commentators said yesterday that during the warm up, the kiwis were most concerned with Cotterel, yet he was not picked. Best will bowl one deliver per 2 overs, no pressure. Use your brains, or listen to those in cricket who know like the retired greats who could actually do it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I am always perplexed that thanks to the WI selectors, the WI starts off with a disadvantage before they take the field. Shannon Gabriel reminds me of Ishant Sharma, he need the perfect bouncy wicket but really is ineffective anywhere else. He does not swing the ball and looks like he has no idea what he is going to bowl when he runs up. I think we have waited too long for them to get this together, its time for heads to roll. Also, we should not try to meet anyones schedule, we were not ready for the India matches, but India wanted a big Sachin send off, so we sacrificed our readiness.When these other teams play us, they look for all optimal conditions to improve their chances of winning, we need to play smart cricket too. Going forward, no tests for Sammy or anyone else that is not test quality. We have plenty of options, we can see that Powell and Bravo are getting better, play Gayle only in ODIs and T20s until he retires. How could we play test without Ranpaul and Narine.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | December 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Well done NZ. Good to see some decent batting.

    Hopefully the pitch offers some life for the bowlers later, and isn't just a batters paradise.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    We need to include some young pace bowlers so they can learn and develop whoever appointed the present WI Captain did WI cricket a great injustice.we all know what he can/can't do we need more than that, we need to play him as a batsman since he is the only one who can captain (apparently) so we can play Rampaul who has shown over & over that he is our best fast bowler,I cant emagine what anyone gain by not playing him Cottrell, Holder,Roach when he is ready Cummins, pick best 4 and play them. anyone watched Mitchel Johnson in the recently concluded Aussie/England test? that's that's what we should be striving for.He is the reason Trott went home from australia

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | December 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4 oh the cricket word? Talk about delusions of grandeur! As a new Zealander The ashs mean absolutely nothing to me. If I want to watch the best of the best it would be SA vs India.

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 4, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @CrICkeeet__Granted, Eng won the last ashes in Eng 3-0, but I think we can all agree that the score-line flattered Eng a bit. The series was a lot closer than the score-line suggested. Were it not for (as much as it pains me to say it) Broad's and Bell's magnificence the series would have turned out differently. I think their performances masked a lot of their team mates' short-coming. Cook, Swan, Trott, Prior and Root(to a certain extend) were all rubish in that series. The first test match of the ongoing ashes served to comfirm that very fact. Canberry for me is not a test opener, Cook is still out of form, so is Trott, Prior, Root and Swan. Add to that the fact that Bresnan was out of the first test due to injury, Pieterson didn't bat as well as expected, only Broad(ouch!!) came to the party and that Aus bowled brilliantly. So, all in all, I think it had more to do with Personnel rather than the wicket.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 4, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    @Joe-car, ok dear.. leave sa vs ind or nz vs wi.. what ab8 ashes? Only in a few months nothing superbly change in Aus team.. bt u see the result nd how heavily it changed in totally opposite direction.. ok u can disagree thats ur choice yar. dont knw 4 how many years u watching but um watching 4 a long tym nd clearly i can feel a poor change, specially misusing the condition too much, i always lyk 2 watch archive matches as well as live nd when i relise the condition intensity now nd then i really hurt....but i believe one day u all can understand that.. bt um afraid cricket wont b cricket then nd its too late (i gonna b the happiest person if i proved wrong).

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 4, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    @CrICkeeet__With all due respect sir/madam, I hate arguing for the sake of arguement. So, let's just agree to disagree. And I'm not quite sure what you think SA beating Ind in SA and NZ beating WI in NZ proves. An SA test team is a far superior test team to an Indian one and, by the same token, so is a NZ team to a West Indian one.

  • POSTED BY inou007 on | December 3, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    this test will be over in 3 1/2 days. NZ should declare....they have enough for both innings of WI. WI batsmen have no chance against the swinging bowling if wagner, boult and southee....they will wreak WI

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I'm a little confused as to when I read articles about my team, New Zealand, there are always tons of comments about India for some reason and now increasingly more about Bangladesh when neither of those teams are involved in this series. Either you guys love cricket more than anyone I know or you have way too much time on your hands because your comments have nothing even close to do with the two teams playing... I saw someone mentioning Sachin .... why???

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | December 3, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    The think tank in Windies dressing room is also confusing. Shillingford was dangerous because he could bowl the doosra, but not wanting to deflate him, they pick him sending a signal to the kiwis that all the balls will only be turning in....they would have known this before a ball was bowled. Where are your brains gentlemen? Now, with two useless first choice bowlers, it means that Sammy, who bowled decently but with little effect because of his lack of pace against good batsmen, was the only one apparently threatening. They were happy to play Shillingford quietly, knowing he would be turning in. The commentators said yesterday that during the warm up, the kiwis were most concerned with Cotterel, yet he was not picked. Best will bowl one deliver per 2 overs, no pressure. Use your brains, or listen to those in cricket who know like the retired greats who could actually do it.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I am always perplexed that thanks to the WI selectors, the WI starts off with a disadvantage before they take the field. Shannon Gabriel reminds me of Ishant Sharma, he need the perfect bouncy wicket but really is ineffective anywhere else. He does not swing the ball and looks like he has no idea what he is going to bowl when he runs up. I think we have waited too long for them to get this together, its time for heads to roll. Also, we should not try to meet anyones schedule, we were not ready for the India matches, but India wanted a big Sachin send off, so we sacrificed our readiness.When these other teams play us, they look for all optimal conditions to improve their chances of winning, we need to play smart cricket too. Going forward, no tests for Sammy or anyone else that is not test quality. We have plenty of options, we can see that Powell and Bravo are getting better, play Gayle only in ODIs and T20s until he retires. How could we play test without Ranpaul and Narine.

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | December 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Well done NZ. Good to see some decent batting.

    Hopefully the pitch offers some life for the bowlers later, and isn't just a batters paradise.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    We need to include some young pace bowlers so they can learn and develop whoever appointed the present WI Captain did WI cricket a great injustice.we all know what he can/can't do we need more than that, we need to play him as a batsman since he is the only one who can captain (apparently) so we can play Rampaul who has shown over & over that he is our best fast bowler,I cant emagine what anyone gain by not playing him Cottrell, Holder,Roach when he is ready Cummins, pick best 4 and play them. anyone watched Mitchel Johnson in the recently concluded Aussie/England test? that's that's what we should be striving for.He is the reason Trott went home from australia

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | December 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    electric_loco_WAP4 oh the cricket word? Talk about delusions of grandeur! As a new Zealander The ashs mean absolutely nothing to me. If I want to watch the best of the best it would be SA vs India.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I am tired of losing my sleep over West Indies!!! After watching and observing over and over again the selectors make the same mistake. In the bowling department Gabriel is hopeless! Sammy isn't test material! We need two genuine fast bowlers with the same fire as Tino. Holder is not ready as yet he needs few more years, but is an excellent prospect. As soon as we pull these guys in at such an early age they feel as if they have accomplished everything and stop working hard. We need Tino in the team to give them some encouragement. I agree he isn't getting much wickets, but he is very unlucky. His attitude should rub off and inspire the other bowlers. In the batting department we need Sarwan back in this TEST team because Deonarine is getting out too easily. Shiv needs to bat at 5 because he is wasted at 6 when there is no one to stay with him and forces him to play out of his realm. I wonder why some things are soo obvious yet the selectors turn a blind eye.

  • POSTED BY MJ-Sid on | December 3, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Seems like without Ravi Rampaul, West Indian attack does not have much sting.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    India will never loose upcoming test series in newzeland ... ★

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    I think the west indies selectors are what is the problem for years with west indies cricket, for one the islands rivalry is killing the team. Many of the selections are base on the islands your from. Let me say that gabriel cant bowl seam up so his bowls wont do nothink off the turf. sammy need to be drop so we can go back to 3 pace attack let the batsmen do there job...you only win test match when you bowl opponents out. so what are they aiming to achieve, sheldon cottell show good sings but no getting the exposure show good sings when in india holding one end and shillingford bowling the other, get holder in the test squad drop best, rubbish bowling damn sugar truck. my test squad is Edwards, powell, samuels, bravo, shiv, walton, shillingford, holder, rampual, cotrell. batsmen do there job but the aim of test cricket is to get 20 wickets not to score 600 runs so a good bowling line up is better than a strong batting, offence win games but defence win championship

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    I have betted for this NZ season on tests Bangladesh<west Indies and India that New Zealand will not loose a test this season......there is the potential and I have the belief...........i love the scoreboard when you see two centurions together.....thankyou boys for the day watching the cricket

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 3, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @Joe-car, plz check the stat of last 3 years series. u might find very few xceptional examples bt maximum r talking in favour of condition... still cant believe me? well, keep watch test... this one WI vs NZ, Ashes going, Upnext: sa vs ind

  • POSTED BY delboy on | December 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    WI bowlers tested for throwing (ACTION), when will the whole squad be tested for throwing MATCHES?

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Why did the selecters leave out Ravi and Narine? Best has been a consistent fail ure. Apart from Shillingford, who there takes any wickets in test match? I am not sprize at the hammering they are getting. This will only cause more depression in the team. Leroy from New York.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | December 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    After some out-of-world cricket by Johnson and Aussies a week or so back we now have some bland ,dull fare . And as you'd expect from test cricket's minnows . And , I mean no disrespect, and you should keep low expectations from these teams .But, even then it was a dissappointing -and worring from cricket persp. -no show from WI . Just from 1st day you can say NZ as the better of the 2 by end of the series. And , can't wait for the real thing to start in Adelaide as the cricket world is as well.

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | December 3, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    @ GRVJPR yes you are right NZ test matches ended in 3 days in INDIA becasue wickets made for spinners same thing will happen when next India tour to New Zeland India will loose all test matches ...wait and enjoy

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | December 3, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    India will loose the New zealand series in New zeland for sure. How many people on my side?

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | December 3, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    WI selectors should think positively and perhaps seriously that with this kind of a bowling attack they cannot run the opposition batting side out even once in a single test innings.this is an ordinary bowling line up. though in the past , sammy as a captain , had a big hand in making this WI side work as a single unit , but now perhaps ,there is no place for him in this side as a 1st choice or a 2nd choice replacement bowler.having said that ,their batting too has disappointed so much in the recent past.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | December 3, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    A bigger problem than Sammy is the other fast bowlers. Having Sammy as a third and fourth seamer, perticularly on green or dead wickets, is fine. He'll do the donkey work or bowl that nagging line on off stump with a bit of wobble. Gabriel is raw though, and shouldn't be expected to carry an attack. Best is awful. Sure he's one of the quickest going, but he can't bowl with any consistency.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | December 3, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    The pitch is far from flat,its a lovely test match wicket.You still need the bowlers to bowl well on a green tinged surface.The groundsman needs to be commended for leaving some grass on the surface.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | December 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    why wl not playing holder ,rampal,naraen why they pick same team which played in india and lose 2-0 holder is a far batter bowler then gebriel

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | December 3, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    People often ask "where is Sarwan...where is Rampaul...?" Neither should be anywhere near the test side. The simple fact is that they are not disciplined enough - with regards to their fitness. They have poor attitudes towards training and looking after their body. No way should they be rolled out ahead of others, no way. Players such as Nikita Miller, Miguel Cummins, Delorn Johnson etc should all be selected before returning to past their best players such as Sarwan, Fidel Edwards etc. Time to change the leadership and select specific sides for ODI/T20 garbage and test (the only genuine format) cricket. The Sammy era must end. Thanks for scraping us off the floor but please go before you drop us back down. Four bowlers - including Roach, Cummins and one of the left arm speedsters (Johnson or Cottrell) must be selected. Sammy as first change is no depth to the attack at all. The batting, once the shortened format players are let out of the reckoning, will be fine.

  • POSTED BY silentstand on | December 3, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    This pitch isn't flat our wi bowlers as usual just bowled badly.Best shouldn't anywhere near any Wi team.Good ton from Taylor and Baz though Rutherford once again got a start and threw it away before lunch.Its. Pattern I've noticed in his batting and a bad trait for an opener to have

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    WI is pathetic and the selectors is worse, they are over their heads and need to be replaced, now, yes in the middle of their new contract. Roach is injured but where is Rampaul? the wi is playing with three bowlers, no , maybe one , SHILLINGFORD, they got walloped in india and sent the same team to NZ , what incompetence. Sammy must leave the team NOW.

  • POSTED BY kelbov on | December 3, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Well i amnot sure how again how much the West Indian set look at these comments but again,the team selection is wrong, the bowling attack lead by Tino cannot bowl out any team for a low score, thats not a battering they received but a trashing, Only West Indies would allow some one who hasnt score a century in 3 years to pass that mark once again. The selectors just keep getting it wrong, Shannon Gabriel will NEVER be a bowler of any substance in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 3, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Are the bowling stocks threadbare that Gabriel is chosen to open the bowling? West Indies might've been better off playing Sammy as the second seamer and picking Narine as an attacking spinner. What a waste of a toss!

    McCullum and Taylor have made the most of the generosity at one of the more verdant grounds on the planet. Considering the threat of rain on Saturday, NZ should dictate the pace tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 3, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @CrICkeeet__Please do correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't your arguement that when it comes to test cricket the dice is heavily loaded in the home side's favour because of pitch conditions? You missed the Eng 3-1 mauling of Aus in 2010/11 summer. And in case you didn't know, in test cricket a draw is a result- a credible one at that if you are Aus playing away from home in SA. So, I guess Ind drawing in SA in 2010 wasn't a great result?

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | December 3, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Roach and Rampaul are the only bowlers who gets wickets with the new ball.The selectors should know that the two picked for this test help the batsmen to get settled with their terrible bowling.These guys serve up four balls like they were singles,or is the field placing that poor?This was a good time to try others...Cummins,Brathwaithe and Johnson.They would not of been as terrible as these two.Miller and Benn are our best wicket taking spinners beside Shillingford.They will never be given another chance to play for W.I.Time to get new selectors.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | December 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Way to go, nz. Win the match!

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | December 3, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @gsingh7 - it's ridiculous to claim this match is being played on a flat track. The pitch was covered in grass in the morning - West Indies simply bowled badly, and our batsmen applied themselves and took advantage. We need to get away from this simplistic view where we claim a track is flat simply because some batsmen score well - and looking at facts first would be a good start in that respect.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | December 3, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @Thyagu5432 - McCullum hasn't been at his best in the test arena for some time, agreed on that. As for this somehow proving anything about these other players, this belies a rather India-centric view on your part, rather than anything else. The 2 things are completely unrelated.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | December 3, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    370 runs on first day. now where are bcci bashers who tells thet indian batsmen are best in the world only because they score runs on indian turners only? how much waitage will be given to these two centuries which are scored after years on a flat track against low quality bowling . the same nz team who were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by india is again scoring mountains of runs on flat home tracks. now where are the fans complaining of india as flat track bully?nz have prepared flattest track of the year yet we dont hear complaints about icc inspections.

  • POSTED BY itzarka on | December 3, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    i hope the ground gets filled up during twenty20s... test cricket isn't that popular to young kiwis...

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | December 3, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @shane-oh: You don't need to look beyond Brendon to rid you of your confusion. This guy cant score for nuts. If he scores a century, you can imagine the strength of the bowling attack. And so my other theories fall in place.

  • POSTED BY bobbo2 on | December 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Good start for NZ. Should win from here given WI have been struggling, but if WI bat well could be a draw. And the crowd will get better. It's a Tuesday and people have work and school. And Dunedin is not a big city.

  • POSTED BY tommytuke on | December 3, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    @cricket is unpopular The crowds in Dunedin are pretty alright for a town of 126000 people.If 1000 people show up it would be like 36,000 showing up in Sydney (Population 4.576million).

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | December 3, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    No one is blaming New Zealand for preparing flat pitches.Lol.Does everyone forget about the comments Bangladesh received during the last test series against New Zealand?

  • POSTED BY Rick_T on | December 3, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Bladerunners - You say that this NZ side was crushed in Bangladesh. Let me refresh your memory. The series was a draw. In the 1st Test NZ had a lead of 255 with 3 wickets in hand and should have just batted out but instead made an extremely sporting declaration (256 off about 50 overs, 48.2 overs were delivered) and risked losing the Test in the pursuit of the win. In the 2nd Test, NZ had a 1st innings lead of 155 runs but the Test was rained out. Please explain how NZ were "crushed".

  • POSTED BY ARJa on | December 3, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    West Indies reminds me everyday why Cricket makes you feel depressed. Someone should really assess whether these people are actually playing for windies or whether something else is going on. Because, you have to try really hard to play as badly as they did in Indian and New Zealand tests.

  • POSTED BY pt_pt on | December 3, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Good day for NZ Cricket, now need to be consistent for the next 4 or 5 days. Bat for 2 more seasons, get 600 and put the WI under enormous pressure.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | December 3, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    @Thyagu5432 - I'm confused...how does a day's play between NZ and WI prove all these theories about the Indian cricket team?

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | December 3, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @ ThilankaK Definition of LEGEND in Sri Lanka. Any batsman who has an average of 30 is a Legend of the game. LOL. Going by that definition every team in the world even ZIm and BAN has at least 5-6 LEGENDS in their team and top teams are carrying 8 LEGENDS every time they take the field. LOL.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | December 3, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Rip it up and start again. The Sammy era has patently ended - time for a completely new approach. The missing talent of Roach, Gayle and Powell was always going to be detriment to the cause here but as a bowling unit they should be admonished - that was quite simply, pathetic. Several fine - some of them young, promising players were not selected for this tour - it is time that new leadership was elected and these players given a chance. Note: I talk of Miguel Cummins, Nikita Miller and Delorn Johnson to name but a few - all bowlers who would add variety and penetration to the attack.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    I told you so in the weekend article, the captain don't have a clue. How can you not take the new ball immediately when due seeing that both batsmen were close to a 100. unbelievable RIP WI/

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | December 3, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    i think this forum belongs to NZ and WI match......plz dont drag ind here....@Thilankak @Bladerunner if u want to say anything about ind then plz go to india match forum express ur expert comment no need to beat the drum in every forum u visit....

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | December 3, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ Little_Aussie_Battler losing to us isn't so bad after all we beat australia last time we were there, were withen 1 wicket if knocking over the might of england last summer, got a test win in srilanka, we can compete with most teams at home, abroad we still have alot of work to do, especially in india and south africa, the real test will be when india arrives but i honestly believe if we put our best xi on the park, in our conditions that its possible for us to beat them too, if we have test wins against the windies and india this summer then we would of made some progress, all you can ask really.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | December 3, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    Very poor crowd levels so far.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | December 3, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    This simply shows the pathetic nature of WI bowing attack. NZ batsmen had tough time batting against even Bangladesh and suddenly we have fifty and century scorers. This simply shows how the centuries that Rohit scored will not make him secured yet, how the century that Ashwin scored will not make him an all-rounder, how a failure and a fifty (read not even a century) proves Sachin should have retired ages ago.

    Fee sad looking at the situation that WI finds themselves in.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    I think that New Zealand will get to 600 especially if Mcullum keeps going like he is along with cameos from the likes of Corey Anderson Tim Southee and Ish Sohdi

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Test team should be 1. Brathwaite 2 Powell C 3. Darren Bravo 4. Samuels 5. Chandrapaul 6.Walton wk 7.K Edwards 8.Johnathan Carter 9. Cotterell 10. Shillingford 11. Roach/Naraine .

    Oneday Team 1. Powell C 2. CHarles wk 3. Darren Bravo 4. Chris Gayle 5. Samuels 6. Simmons 7. Dwayne Bravo 8. Sunil Naraine 9. Roach/Cotterelll 10 . Fidel Edwards 11. S.Badree/Rampaul

    T20 should be 1. CHris gayle C 2. Charles wk / Lewis wk 3.Dareen Bravo 4. Samuels 5. Simmons 6. Pollard 7. Dwayne Bravo/ Sammy 8. Sunil Narine 9. Roach/cummins 11.Samuel Badree/Ravi Rampaul

  • POSTED BY DaredevilsUnlimited on | December 3, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Now all Indian fans should realize how the sachin farewell party test series went by WI are getting thrashed by NL. BCCI should have invited Afghanistan instead as a special case though they they are not classified as test side because of the BCCI clout they enjoy with ICC

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | December 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    As a long time lover of West Indian cricket this is just about the final straw that broke the camel's back.

    Getting thumped by New Zealand should be the signal when all the governments of the West Indian archipelago band together and finally do something positive. Do they even know they have a problem?

  • POSTED BY bingoe67 on | December 3, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    As great as McCullum's innings is, I have no doubt these will be the only runs he scores all summer! He has a wonderful track record of isolated innings of substance surrounded by a desert of failures.

  • POSTED BY wirus on | December 3, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Is anyone really surprised at this day's results? NZ are average but they are not bad side and at times can be a good side. WI selectors have chosen a team to be beaten, nay, to be slaughtered. Imagine going into a foreign test match with only one test class bowler - Shillingford. Best always does, well, his best but is not a test class bowler. He couldn't even get into a county side in England. Shillingford and Cotterel are average even by WI regional standards (which are the lowest in the world). Deonerine is essentially a batsman (or so it is rumoured - he is yet to prove it) and is nothing more than a reasonable 10 overs a match fill in bowler. As for Sammy, the less said the better. One just wishes he would have the good sense to restrict himself to ODIs and T20. He is not even a first class cricket bowler, far less test class. At home sits Rampaul, Millar and the injured Roach, who along with Shillingford are the best WI bowlers and in the pavillion sits Narine. Good luck!

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 3, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Joe-car, oh oh, really i can see that very well in this test what "same" nz is doing here... 3 of ur xmples r 4m SA who r dominating evrywhere nd next xample is eng 2-1 ind (the only correct xample), last 2 xamples u gave r series "DRAWN"!!! yah, pak drawn in uae with sa bt can they do it in sa?

  • POSTED BY Joe-car on | December 3, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @CrICkeeet__In the last three years: 1. SA won 1-0 in NZ. SA won 2-0 in Eng. SA won 1-0 in Aus. Eng won 3-1 in Aus. Eng won 2-1 in Ind. Aus drew 1-1 in SA. SA drew 1-1 in UAE. Suffice it to say, your argument falls flat on it's face.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Wow I thought we weren't hosting India until later in the summer. The way some Indian fans are acting you would think they were playing today. If you can't say anything useful about today's play then please reserve your comments until your team is actually here.

    Congrats on your centuries today Taylor and McCullum. New Zealand need to sustain the pressure for the next 4 days. Promising start to the summer boys, keep it up.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | December 3, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    yes hockeypokey...

    Taylor has scored his 9 test hundreds in 91 innings and one of our greatest ever batsman to ever play for NZ scored his 9 hundreds in 189 innings...so yes Taylor is right up there with the very best we have ever had.... May Taylor continue scoring these hundreds for NZ.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | December 3, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Black Caps should win it it easily.They are pace bowling trio of boult-southee-wagner is one of the very best world who bowled admirably even in sub continent.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Congratulations NZ, an excellent day of batting. The foot is firmly on the throat . . . .now step on it! Time to be ruthless. Don't let up until you pass 600

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Ideally, Sammy shouldn't be in the team. But if he is, he is better off playing as a No. 7 batsman than as the fourth bowler. That will allow another bowler to come into the side - perhaps Narine. I've said earlier also, the Windies will miss Roach (and Rampaul) badly in this series.

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | December 3, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Its one of the hardest things in world cricket, making NZ look good, but the West Indies are doing a fine job. This is the difference between an experienced professional team and one like Bangladesh, that couldn't manage to do it!!

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | December 3, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    iv'e given mccullum a fair bit of stick over the last 6 months or so and in all fairness he deserved it but today he deserves nothing but praise for a brilliant knock, we can't afford to carry a specialist captain so i hope this knock is the confidence he needs to finnally make good on his talent and produce more consistant runs in tests, he also did this with a dodgey back, you can pick apart his technique and decision making but one thing you can never question is mccullums ticker, he always gives his all, this was the mccullum of old but one good knock isn't enough we need some consistancy from our captain so i hope this continues.

  • POSTED BY Bladerunners on | December 3, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    This same NZ side was crushed in BD now they r dominatting against WI bowling in bouncy track which were troubling ind flat track bullies!it shows to the world that indians batting avg why is high.even taillender batters like pujara dhawan nd kohli looks like real test cricketer.

  • POSTED BY portman on | December 3, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Does this mean we have another three years of McCullum, surprising that he would score runs against a team with a below average bowling attack. I am sure Hesson will be lauding his greatness.

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | December 3, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    I am following cricket since 1983-84 and my second favourite team (after Pakistan) was WI for many years, but they are performing not bad, not worst but ridiculous. I think WI players are only interested in IPL and T20, very disappointing performance from Carribean boys. A frustrated Fan

    Oh sorry, I must say both B Mcllum and R Taylor played extremely well, weldone black caps.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    well done brendon ,people always say you want a good technique to be a cricket player but you have an attacking temperament which makes u a match winner same as ms dhoni go brendon.........

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | December 3, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    NZ can score on on this fkat track. What they did in Inda where all test matches are finishing in 3 days. That is the real test and not these flat tracks of new zealand and colombo.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    i wonder why TINO is always included in the team..who has been playing since last 2002..with no improvement.....!!

    why dnt west indies try SUNIL NARINE.....for test??

    Name doenst matter.....BEST or GOOD.......!!

    SORRY TINO...i love west indies and cant see them loosing....

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | December 3, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    West Indies team management should have long realized that they no longer have a pace quartet of venom. The current lot fades away against the likes of Holding, Garner, Marshall, Ambrose etc just like the firefly against the sun. Match after match the pace has been blown away by opposition batters. It is rather intriguing that Narine has not been selected, probably their best bowler. All in all it is all the way down hill for West Indies with no light at the end of the tunnel, unless the selectors decide to select teams based on ability and not other criteria.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | December 3, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Who says IND batting line up is the best ? I think this NZ batting line up much more better than IND flat track kings !!!

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | December 3, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Welldone to Ross Taylor..equal with fleming, in hundreds for nz..I think in half the amount of innings..someone will tell me..pure class.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    The Caribbean people should stop looking at Cricket, Sammy is keeping the Team back, Cummings and Beaton are miles better than the constantly failing Best and Gabriel . Mr Butts and Gibson continues to pick a bunch of failures to represent the WI and a captain who should even be in the team

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    "Insipid West Indies bowling attack", mediocre WI Cricket Board & Selectors etc etc. deja vu.

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Pathetic. WI bowling is as dangerous as being hit with pillow filled with feathers.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | December 3, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    NZ attack better than IND ! It says IND batting standard ! even flat track bully they're struggling than NZ against WI !

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | December 3, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Why is another spinner not employed. Deonarine must be playing as a batsman!

  • POSTED BY Jealous_Neighbors on | December 3, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    No Narine, NZ pitches must be spin friendly..

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 3, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    What is cricket? It is condition :) We can declair the Home team as a winner before starting the series.. Condition was always a fact bt not lyk last 2-3 years before (specially in test)... The same India lost by 0-8 against Eng+aus, can thrashed aus by 4-0, the same pakistan lost against Zim, can beat SA at UAE (last odi series was xcption), Bangladesh lost against Zim in zim but can whitewash 3-0 (!) blackcaps as well as 0-0 in test, and that team drawn with Eng by 0-0 before... nd now dominating against wi... And the last 2 ashes mayb going in the same way.... (Only SL is xcptional that struggled in home also against kiwis nd ban) Condition rockz.. cricket shockz.....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 3, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Why Sunil Narine not playing again ?

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Shannon is totally useless

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Sammy debate will not be over. He is holding the team back....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 2, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    why isn't narine playing?

  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | December 2, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    As a Trini living in Auckland, all week I have said it and so said so done, Gabriel and Best do nothing with the ball, even in helpful conditions. Canon fodder. Shillingford without the doosra (which batsmen will know about going into the match) loses some of his threat. Please selectors, there are better options in the Caribbean, use your brains and forget territory. Imagine Chris Cairns lamenting that Sammy is first change!

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  • POSTED BY Whispering_Holding on | December 2, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    As a Trini living in Auckland, all week I have said it and so said so done, Gabriel and Best do nothing with the ball, even in helpful conditions. Canon fodder. Shillingford without the doosra (which batsmen will know about going into the match) loses some of his threat. Please selectors, there are better options in the Caribbean, use your brains and forget territory. Imagine Chris Cairns lamenting that Sammy is first change!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 2, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    why isn't narine playing?

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Sammy debate will not be over. He is holding the team back....

  • POSTED BY on | December 2, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    Shannon is totally useless

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 3, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Why Sunil Narine not playing again ?

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | December 3, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    What is cricket? It is condition :) We can declair the Home team as a winner before starting the series.. Condition was always a fact bt not lyk last 2-3 years before (specially in test)... The same India lost by 0-8 against Eng+aus, can thrashed aus by 4-0, the same pakistan lost against Zim, can beat SA at UAE (last odi series was xcption), Bangladesh lost against Zim in zim but can whitewash 3-0 (!) blackcaps as well as 0-0 in test, and that team drawn with Eng by 0-0 before... nd now dominating against wi... And the last 2 ashes mayb going in the same way.... (Only SL is xcptional that struggled in home also against kiwis nd ban) Condition rockz.. cricket shockz.....

  • POSTED BY Jealous_Neighbors on | December 3, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    No Narine, NZ pitches must be spin friendly..

  • POSTED BY rayinto on | December 3, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Why is another spinner not employed. Deonarine must be playing as a batsman!

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | December 3, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    NZ attack better than IND ! It says IND batting standard ! even flat track bully they're struggling than NZ against WI !

  • POSTED BY on | December 3, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Pathetic. WI bowling is as dangerous as being hit with pillow filled with feathers.