New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day December 4, 2013

Taylor double-century sets up New Zealand

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West Indies 67 for 2 (Bravo 37*, Samuels 14*, Boult 1-7) trail New Zealand 609 for 9 dec (Taylor 217*, McCullum 113, Best 3-148) by 542 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A maiden double-century by Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand cashed in on the platform laid by the top order to declare the innings on 609 for 9 soon after tea on the second day of the Dunedin Test. Their seamers then consistently troubled the West Indies batsmen, snaffling out the openers cheaply, to leave the visitors with a tough task of saving the Test against a superior bowling attack.

New Zealand's position of ascendancy was, however, established by their batsmen, led by Taylor, after they were put in on a green pitch. All through his unbeaten 217, Taylor maintained a measured approach, keeping the lofted shots out while rotating the strike. After surviving a few nervous moments in the first session - he could have been run-out in the fifth over of the day, an edge fell short of second slip in the tenth over and a bat-pad chance flew past the short-leg fielder - he settled into his innings. Not many boundary opportunities were available with a deep point in place, so he was happy to turn the strike over in the company of BJ Watling, with whom he shared an 84-run stand.

Taylor hit only five boundaries in the first three hours - one of them, a powerful pull off Tino Best that took him past 150 - after 13 boundaries on the first day, but caught up immediately after drinks with four boundaries an over. The first ball of Shannon Gabriel's 28th over was pulled to the square leg boundary before three shots - one drive and two cuts - found the backward-point boundary, comfortably beating the fielder in every instance.

New Zealand strode past 500 despite two quick wickets early in the second session. Watling scored a useful 41 off 84 deliveries before a rising delivery from Best caught the shoulder of the bat to fly into the hands of second slip and Tim Southee was dismissed in the next over, caught at first slip off a quicker delivery from Narsingh Deonarine.

Ish Sodhi, however, ensured there was not going to be a quick end to the innings with a confident 35 that included an exquisite cover drive off Best and lofted shots off the spinners. He added 76 for the eighth wicket before getting a thick leading edge back to the bowler to give Deonarine his second wicket.

West Indies showed some semblance of control bowling tighter lines on second day, despite a higher percentage of short balls. The few times they pushed the lengths up, they put doubts in the batsmen's minds. However, with Darren Sammy not being able to bowl after he picked up a hamstring niggle early in the day and the spinners being ineffective, they appeared short on resources.

Best bowled aggressively as usual, but his preference for shorter length meant his only weapon to trouble the batsmen was his pace. He did hustle Brendon McCullum with a rising delivery on the body, which took the batsman by surprise, and resulted in a loose cut shot off the next delivery. But it was a fuller delivery in the next over by Sammy that marked the end of an aggressive innings from McCullum, who went forward to defend only to see the ball cut back through the gap between the pad and the bat to hit the off stump. McCullum had only added four to his overnight score and was out for 113.

McCullum's departure fired up West Indies and Best got an immediate reward by getting Corey Anderson caught down the leg side. In his next over, he let out a cry of disappointment as an edge off Taylor's bat landed short of Sammy at second slip. The captain had to ask the bowler to calm down.

But once the seamers tired out, the bowling attack was rendered ineffective and New Zealand picked up runs at ease, going past their previous best innings total of 543 against West Indies.

The New Zealand bowlers then showed how damaging the new ball could be by getting it to dart around. Kirk Edwards poked at an angled Trent Boult delivery after a few came in and edged it to second slip, while Kieran Powell was set up in a similar manner by Tim Southee. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels played and missed a few, but managed to survive until the end of play with West Indies trailing by 542.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shane-oh on December 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @ (anonymous) - I'm trying to remember what happened last time NZ played a test series in Australia...ah, there it is. Do you remember?

  • on December 5, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Sorry to be a wet blanket to NZers her. I'm from Australia, and not parochial, but while NZ might be knocking over the WI, how would they fare against Australia, either at home or in Australia? Not well, I think.

    The reason for this post is clear: NZ may be good against the West Indies, but these days anyone would. Please don't get carried away on the strength of a series against one of the poorest performing cricket nations in many years.

  • on December 5, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    It must be disappointing for Chanderpaul to continually be asked to carry the load for the WI.

    What a tremendous batsman he's been for the West Indies! Yet, he seems unsung because he's rarely mentioned in the same breath as Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden and all of the other batting heavyweights. Yet his average is as good as any (52), and he's scored over 11000 Test runs mostly on his own, in recent years particularly. I hope he's remembered as the outstanding batsman he really is.

  • on December 4, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    West Indies cricket is in terminal decline - the signs have been there for the past decades and it's truly amazing that some of us can talk about "progress.. in the last few years", truly mind-boggling! I have just watched 'The Sports Max Zone" (based in Jamaica) where Jeffrey Dujon pointed out that it's no point in blaming the Selectors as quite simply we just don't have the bowlers etc to replace the present crop. In short, we are just not good enough at this level for a number of reasons - many structural, that will demand deeper analysis. Yes, the players are not there!

  • heathrf1974 on December 4, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    West Indies cricket needs to demand more money from the ICC. It is a big loss to the game to not have a quality WI cricket side.

  • Smash42 on December 4, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    The WI fans shouldn't get too upset. The wicket is clearly a batting paradise and it's highly unlikely that NZ will get the WI out even once, much less twice.

  • Speng on December 4, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Earlier this year i saw Tino Best get a lovely wicket: bowled with an inswinging 90+ mph yorker, the seam was up and steady, beautifully positioned... too bad he's forgotten it.

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I think it's about time the West Indies selectors make way for some one with more imagination, problem though no one else will hire them, their was no planning done for the tour of India and now New Zealand, absolutely disgraceful. Tino Best means well but needs more variation to his bowling, would have like to see Shillingford and Narine playing in the same test. The team in my opinion have great ability but it's up to the selectors and coach to get the team motivated. A message to the selectors please please don't kill our cricket.

  • gudolerhum on December 4, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Rohan I think you are correct, they are just not that good a team. Sammy out of depth, no really effective bowlers on any surface, Best is all huff and puff and showmanship. Selectors do need changing but the Board is unlikely to do so, too much "politics" involved. We have gone from insularity in the 50s and 60s to Board politics and lack of rational thinking in the 21st century.

  • west_indiesBoss on December 4, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Sammos.. thats a pretty rash statement to make, im hugely disappointed by their recent showings as well but by that i mean, ONE tour of india, and the first 2days of this new zealand test. if you look at windies cricket progress over the last 3 years,its been good overall. and yes i am also questioning their recent poor showings, but do not be so quick to put pressure on the coaching staff, u really think a new coach is going, staff, board etc is going to magically make us whitewash india, etc.. look at the broad picture please

  • shane-oh on December 5, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @ (anonymous) - I'm trying to remember what happened last time NZ played a test series in Australia...ah, there it is. Do you remember?

  • on December 5, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Sorry to be a wet blanket to NZers her. I'm from Australia, and not parochial, but while NZ might be knocking over the WI, how would they fare against Australia, either at home or in Australia? Not well, I think.

    The reason for this post is clear: NZ may be good against the West Indies, but these days anyone would. Please don't get carried away on the strength of a series against one of the poorest performing cricket nations in many years.

  • on December 5, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    It must be disappointing for Chanderpaul to continually be asked to carry the load for the WI.

    What a tremendous batsman he's been for the West Indies! Yet, he seems unsung because he's rarely mentioned in the same breath as Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden and all of the other batting heavyweights. Yet his average is as good as any (52), and he's scored over 11000 Test runs mostly on his own, in recent years particularly. I hope he's remembered as the outstanding batsman he really is.

  • on December 4, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    West Indies cricket is in terminal decline - the signs have been there for the past decades and it's truly amazing that some of us can talk about "progress.. in the last few years", truly mind-boggling! I have just watched 'The Sports Max Zone" (based in Jamaica) where Jeffrey Dujon pointed out that it's no point in blaming the Selectors as quite simply we just don't have the bowlers etc to replace the present crop. In short, we are just not good enough at this level for a number of reasons - many structural, that will demand deeper analysis. Yes, the players are not there!

  • heathrf1974 on December 4, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    West Indies cricket needs to demand more money from the ICC. It is a big loss to the game to not have a quality WI cricket side.

  • Smash42 on December 4, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    The WI fans shouldn't get too upset. The wicket is clearly a batting paradise and it's highly unlikely that NZ will get the WI out even once, much less twice.

  • Speng on December 4, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Earlier this year i saw Tino Best get a lovely wicket: bowled with an inswinging 90+ mph yorker, the seam was up and steady, beautifully positioned... too bad he's forgotten it.

  • on December 4, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I think it's about time the West Indies selectors make way for some one with more imagination, problem though no one else will hire them, their was no planning done for the tour of India and now New Zealand, absolutely disgraceful. Tino Best means well but needs more variation to his bowling, would have like to see Shillingford and Narine playing in the same test. The team in my opinion have great ability but it's up to the selectors and coach to get the team motivated. A message to the selectors please please don't kill our cricket.

  • gudolerhum on December 4, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    @Rohan I think you are correct, they are just not that good a team. Sammy out of depth, no really effective bowlers on any surface, Best is all huff and puff and showmanship. Selectors do need changing but the Board is unlikely to do so, too much "politics" involved. We have gone from insularity in the 50s and 60s to Board politics and lack of rational thinking in the 21st century.

  • west_indiesBoss on December 4, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Sammos.. thats a pretty rash statement to make, im hugely disappointed by their recent showings as well but by that i mean, ONE tour of india, and the first 2days of this new zealand test. if you look at windies cricket progress over the last 3 years,its been good overall. and yes i am also questioning their recent poor showings, but do not be so quick to put pressure on the coaching staff, u really think a new coach is going, staff, board etc is going to magically make us whitewash india, etc.. look at the broad picture please

  • on December 4, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    I presume Hugh Powell that you refer to the Jamaican team not having any bowlers in the test eleven. But Cottrell should not have been selected in the first place. The great Andy Roberts said a few weeks ago that he (Cottrell) bowls with one hand and therefore is unable to bring the ball back into the batsman. Left-armers whose stock ball is the away-swinger, can only be effective when they are able to bowl the in-swinger as well! But I agree that Nikita Miller deserves to be selected for the test team. Permaul should not be in the team!

  • on December 4, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    WIndies cricket has lost its appeal in the Caribbean and is very visible as all the satellite dishes are pointed to the US picking up Basketball.

  • SAMMOS on December 4, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    It is time that the W.I. public demand that the entire management team-selectors,coach included-be sacked.Boycott games,turn up in large numbers and protest at home games.Do any and everything to send a strong message to the WICBC that mediocrity would no longer be accepted.Sammy.Ramdin,Deonarine and Permaul do not deserve to be in this team.What a disgrace!In every other country the coach and captain would have been fired a lready but in the W.I. their failures are rewarded.

  • rayinto on December 4, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Sammy injured is not a problem! we aere always playing a man short with him in the side.

  • Frayninho21 on December 4, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    An improved display on day 2 from the West Indies but this game was lost on day 1 when they conceded 367 runs for 3 wickets. Bravo, Samuels and Chanderpaul will all probably have to make hundred's in this innings to reach the follow-on and this will be a difficult feat to achieve. Bravo is looking in good touch and a big hundred from him would help his own confidence and that of the team enormously. He certainly has the talent but his application and shot selection tends to let him down once he is 'in'. He looked in good touch in India without every making a big score. Hopefully today will be a better day for Bravo and more positive for the West Indies overall.

  • Impostor on December 4, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I don't get it! What kind of Coach (and Administration) can sit back and watch their team get slaughtered every time, by every conceivable opponent they come up against and do nothing (so it seems) to change the situation? Something will have to give soon. I sense, a welcomed shake-up in this organization is on its way. Stay tuned.

  • StevieS on December 4, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Bharat Reddy I doubt Guptill will never play tests again, he isn't a test match batsman. Add Williamson and Ryder to the team and yeah the future looks good.

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    How many times have we thought WI were scraping the bottom only to find that they've kept digging?

    They don't look like they want to be here, just as they didn't want to be in India for those ridiculous Tests against Sachin and his ten pals. I wouldn't be surprised if Chanders packs it in after this, he's probably feels he's the only one with application.

  • on December 4, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    it doesn't matter who the selectors pick the result seems to be the same...yet we blame the selectors...it's time the players stand up and be counted...hmmmm, maybe they are jus not that good!

  • on December 4, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    The WI selectors seem to be clueless. The "A" team attack that went to India is a much more potent attack than the one on this tour. I can't see this bowling attack bowling out NZ twice in any of the tests. The dominant team in regional cricket over the last 5 years with a strong bowling attack failing yet again to get anyone (bowlers) in the test 11. Big joke.

  • on December 4, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Nice

  • Reuelsean on December 4, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Wouldn't this have been the perfect opportunity for WI to blood a couple young seamers. Cummings, Johnson, Beaton are surely ones for the future, why not bring one or two of them on this tour? Gabriel bowled well in England on his debut, but he has been terrible this year, so why select him over the more promising and consistent seamers in the regional game? Best is a dead Horse that the WICB seems content to keep flogging. I just hope that Darren Bravo does his talent justice and hit a double ton in this match. Rampaul's exclusion for this tour still has not been explained, and the WICB is surprised that the regional Television stations have decided not to pick up coverage of this tour of NZ.

  • Reuelsean on December 4, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    What does anyone expect from this WI team? Tino Best is leading a bowling attack that consists of Gabriel and Sammy.

  • lookslikemike on December 4, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @BounceTrack_BULLY - Taylor's home average is almost exactly 57, which is just outside the top 30 overall, whereas his away average is well outside the top 100.

    I hardly need to say who tops both lists; the Don's away average (i.e. in England) was over 102, and around 98 at home. In total around 30 players have an away average of 50 or more, and around twice as many have managed it at home.

  • anoopshameed on December 4, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    @ BounceTrack_BULLY, among the Indian players at least Sachin & Dravid have better averages away than at home. I am sure there are many others who are better away!

  • on December 4, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Just to correct my earlier comments.......ICC's ranking 7th is at stake and not 6th as commented. WI has SA, India, Australia, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan currently above them. Sorry!

  • kelbov on December 4, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    A double century is a double century.. im sure it was ten times easier coming against this West Indian Attack.. Ridiculous selection....

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Things looking good for NZ.With Guptill,Ryder and Williamson coming in,the team will only get stronger.

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Where is Sarwan?The guy has 15 test hundreds and still not in the team?Surely this is the worst period for WI cricket.In the late 90s and early 2000s atleast they had Lara,Ambrose and Walsh.This team has only Chanderpaul as a quality test player and he is nearly 40.Shannon Gabriel has a poor FC record and he is selected.Tino Best has a poor test record(52 wkts in 23 tests)Why not Jason Holder?And for the love of god why Deonarine????I mean is he a no 6 batsman in tests???Surely WI cricket reached its nadir.RIP.

  • on December 4, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    It appears that WI have forgotten that ICC's 6th rank is at stake. NZ beat you this series, they jump over you into 6th place. So the question is why aren't they serious about selecting a competitive Test squad? Are you prepared to have only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe below you?. The likes of Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Ramanesh Sarwan, Adrian Barath and Kemar Roach are all conspicuously missing. Certainly their experience would add more depth in both WI's batting and bowling. I have been a long time fan of WI Cricket (since the late 60's) it saddens me to see them being thrashed left, right and center!

  • jb633 on December 4, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut, i agree mate from an outside perspective I am intrigued as to what has happened to the stereotypical New Zeland wickets over the years. Year on year the decks seem to get flatter and flatter. Is this a policy on simply the nature of the drop in wickets? I remember when we (England) toured there in the early 2000's and the ball moved all over the place and it made for generally exciting cricket. I have found as a neutral over the last 5 years there are far too many draws and flat decks. New Zeland have an excellent seam attack so surely they should try and exploit this by producing green top after green top. I really hope when India tour at least that the groundsmen use some common sense and do not prepare any flat decks. Remember the pitches touring sides are faced with over there.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    West Indies have been going backwards with their selection. Why they refused to play Sunil Narine remains a mystery. The extra fast bowler didnt have to play ahead of Narine. Rampaul not in the team is very confusing why Tino best is not doing a good job.

  • Rick_T on December 4, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Julian - We are talking about Test cricket, not One day cricket. And while you are right that Rutherford was NZ's best batsman in the 92/93 season, it would be almost certain that is the only season he was the best.

    And you are also right that his average was 59.6 but you didn't mention that it was artificially high due to his average against ZIM of 90.5 in the 92/93 season.

    But you are wrong that he finished his career on a high. His average in his last season (94/95) was 26.6. I guess that is a high compared to the previous season where his average was 16. I can only assume that people that defend Rutherford's Test career must be his relatives.

    You are right, he did average 59.6 (thanks to ZIM) for one season but in all the other 14 seasons he played Test cricket (includes Northern summers), he never averaged above 39 and he averaged under 28 in 11 of them. Sorry, but these are the facts.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    that wicket looks very easy to bat on...

  • BounceTrack_BULLY on December 4, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Great Innings from Taylor. His home test average : 56 approx. Away: 37. Home average is higher for most of the players including legends. Is there anyone who has better average away in test matches?

  • RobTay14 on December 4, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Great job Rosco,that average is looking spectacular now, keep it going and you'll have it at fifty by the end of your career.

  • Rick_T on December 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Sorry - I meant top and middle order batsman.

  • Unomaas on December 4, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Ross you beauty! Stayed up till the wee hours of the morning here in SA to see you get your double!

    You belong in the 50+ average club so do us all a favour and score some more big hundreds!

  • Rick_T on December 4, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Andrew G - I don't care about Rutherford's 1st class record or ODI record. We are talking about his Test average. And his record does not compare to other NZ batsmen of the era.

    Where Rutherford's career overlapped with Martin Crowe (Mar 85 to Mar 95), Crowe averaged 51.7 while Rutherford averaged 27.1. Where Andrew Jones overlapped (Apr 87 to Mar 95), Jones averaged 44.3 while Rutherford averaged 30.1. Where John Wright overlapped (Mar 85 to Mar 93), Wright averaged 43.2 while Rutherford averaged 26.4. Even Richard Hadlee (Mar 85 to Jul 90) averaged 31.2 while Rutherford averaged 16.9. And that is over a 5 year period!

    Don't get me wrong. I've never met him. He could be the nicest guy in the world for all I know. But he was a very poor top order Test batsman.

  • on December 4, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    I think that Taylor showed why he's Nz best batter. Only person prepared/capable to knuckle down for hours and sessions on end. Mccullum had equal opportunity but yet again he showed why he is only a keeper who can hit quick, handy runs. NZ team at full strength, Fulton, Rutherford, williamson, Taylor, Ryder (this guy is far and away our best guy except Taylor), mccullum, wattling wk, bracewell (yet to show his true value as a batsman philander esque and our best 3rd steamer, remember Hobart test? Unlucky Wagner), southee, sodhi, boult....

  • shane-oh on December 4, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @gibbs.175 - NZ are perfectly placed. I'm confident McCullum is a more astute captain than you.

    RE Taylor - as much as be is our best batsman by far, the one thing he hasn't done thus far is turn hundreds into really big knocks. I always felt this was a matter of time as he runs into his peak years, which should be right about now. So happy for him, may the good times continue for Rosco!

  • kiwicricketnut on December 4, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    brilliant knock from taylor, he really is the glue in this black caps team, without him this team would of fallen apart years ago, he really is a special player, he deserved a double ton but we have declared too late considering the forecast, of coarse we are in the box seat, should only have to bat once but lunch rather than tea would have been a better declaration, i'd hate the rain to ruin nz's brilliance. as a side note with sohdi probably becoming a permant in the test side, we need to produce wickets that break up on days4-5, something our drop ins don't do, if we are going to take 20 wickets we better give our spinner some assistance, something for nzc to think about.

  • on December 4, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Now I regret spending the afternoon coding Ruby on Rails... I was within hearing and sight from the University Oval, but should have gone now Rosco got his double ton! I did hear a massive cheer through my headphones though - I can only imagine how awesome it would have felt to be there for real (and being so close already!).

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on December 4, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Its sad to see West Indies going backwards after the substantial gains they made in the last 2 years. I just hope they produce a stronger showing in the rest of the series.

  • SameOld on December 4, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    An excellent innings from Taylor. Fuloria's observation that Taylor barely played the ball in the air is telling. To see such a talented and accomplished sportsman still learning and improving his game at this stage of his career is very impressive.

    Perhaps not the highest standard of bowling, but certainly not as poor as some of the comments here would have you believe. Best and Shillingford were quite good in patches, and Sammy's ball to remove McCullum was pretty special (not that some Windies fans will give Sammy credit for this, or anything else). Hopefully, this is the start of a big Summer for NZ's two premier batsmen. With Taylor & McCullum scoring, NZ looks a different side.

    Southee and Boult were again impressive. Hopefully Wagner can find his radar sometime tonight, and NZ can really pressure the WI batsmen tomorrow.

  • pt_pt on December 4, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Just shows what a great batsman Taylor is and he has been consistent. His average is on the up and getting better. Well done, deserves only the best for his efforts in this match and in the future.

  • on December 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    One can understand Sammy 's comment after the Indian series last week that they need to learn and improve. So I watch for improvement in Dunedin and see nothing more than incompetence. As a captain, he struggles with strategy. Leadershipis not only getting men to behave a certain way but also follow directions and produce results. Watching Gabriel, Best and Sammy I see no indications of education from India, rather more of the same nonesense. Short bowling from Best, and looking at his pitchmap, I want to ask for a highschool boy to replace him. As for Gabriel, this is not the stage to learn how to bowl, as suggested by my good friend Bishop. At test level, you are supposed to kow your craft and be an expert, not a novice. Bish, we have the wrong buch here.

  • on December 4, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Looks like the only nemesis NZ has is Bangladesh, otherwise they play pretty good

  • ashes267 on December 4, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    NZ was always a formidable side at home and in Aus even though they get battered in away series. Regarding WI well they should ask Rampaul to spearhead the fast bowling attack and force their players to concentrate more on Tests/ ODIs .. Whatever you are seeing at present , is due to excessive playing in T20s ,but we can not blame players for this to some extent . WI Board can not pay their players as much as like Indian , English , Aussie Board . Either ICC has to come forward and do something or rich board has to support

  • WILAD on December 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Even Merv Dillon would be better to have than Tino Best right now. Even Pedro Collins. Where has WI bowling gone?

  • on December 4, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    this west indies team is worse then BD yet they keep on playing series after series...

  • Albert_cambell on December 4, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    I know NZ are better than what their rankings suggest. Eventhough they are rated below WI, i know that they are better than WI. They have some good exciting fast bowlers and some good young players like Guptill, Williamson, Rutherford and Anderson..etc. WI are little bit hyped up by ICC. No offence to them. I used to support to them like crazy back in those old days when they had the likes of Lara, Sarwan, hooper, Chanders..etc. But now they just look pathetic with Gayle, pollard, Ramdin, Samuels..etc. Thank god they still have Chanders in the team. The only world class young payers in their team is Darren bravo and Kieren Powell looks like an exciting young talent. Other than that there is nothing special in this team. I hope their administrators will bring some technically correct batsman like Bharath, Kraigg Brathwaite..etc.

  • hokeypokey on December 4, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Well done to Ross Taylor..He is a talent nz hasnt seen since the great Martin Crowe..I enjoyed watching him bat and concentrate so much for 2days.. Like 22many said, talented enough to have a batting plan for each format. To think white/hesson treated this talent so badly this time last year..They shouldnt be employed. .

  • Srini_Indian on December 4, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    As long as WI persist with Tino Best they can't make early breakthroughs. He just doesn't have enough skills to be an International bowler. 2 of his 3 wickets are soft and lucky. Add to that, the so-called 'aggression' he shows on the field is quite embarrassing given he is going about 4.5 rpo and hardly any ball from him swung. The guy averages 40 in 23 tests with 52 wickets with 17 of them against hapless Bangladesh and at 32 he is not a future prospect too. Time to get rid of him!!

  • 22many on December 4, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Taylor is one of the few batsman in the world who can alter his game plan to play all three forms of the game at the highest level. Well done to him . Do NZC deserve such a talent?

  • WILAD on December 4, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It's the selectors fault that Edwards got out for a duck. Doesn't matter who you pick if you're just have apples to replace apples.

  • GrindAR on December 4, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    What is the secret of WI not playing Sunil Narine for 3 matches on trot running...? What is he being preserved for?

  • Mayaro_Man on December 4, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    I thought Kirk Edwards was supposed to be our saviour, those who were allying for Gayle to be dropped and him included. And why is there suddenly swing? Oh, the NZ bowlers are actually good.

  • gibbs.175 on December 4, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    POOOOr NZ cricket team playing only for records..... they declared so late .Talyor and Brendon already exposed vs good bowling attack but at home they scored some runs . finally .......after scoring 600 runs they feel secure ,it means NZ cricket team is very poor performering ...

  • on December 4, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    New zealand completely dominating WI.only thing left in test is can WI defend an inning defeat

  • ARJa on December 4, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Win the toss. Send an opposition with a brittle batting line-up into see them score 600+. Disgusting. Feel like throwing up. Why not get rid-off the entire team and send an A team or B team. Surely, any second class team can't do any worst than this against the worst test team in the world after Bangladesh.

  • chechong0114 on December 4, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    This looks like a good practice match for the kiwis just what they need to get their confidence up before the real series starts when India comes here in a few weeks.

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  • chechong0114 on December 4, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    This looks like a good practice match for the kiwis just what they need to get their confidence up before the real series starts when India comes here in a few weeks.

  • ARJa on December 4, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Win the toss. Send an opposition with a brittle batting line-up into see them score 600+. Disgusting. Feel like throwing up. Why not get rid-off the entire team and send an A team or B team. Surely, any second class team can't do any worst than this against the worst test team in the world after Bangladesh.

  • on December 4, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    New zealand completely dominating WI.only thing left in test is can WI defend an inning defeat

  • gibbs.175 on December 4, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    POOOOr NZ cricket team playing only for records..... they declared so late .Talyor and Brendon already exposed vs good bowling attack but at home they scored some runs . finally .......after scoring 600 runs they feel secure ,it means NZ cricket team is very poor performering ...

  • Mayaro_Man on December 4, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    I thought Kirk Edwards was supposed to be our saviour, those who were allying for Gayle to be dropped and him included. And why is there suddenly swing? Oh, the NZ bowlers are actually good.

  • GrindAR on December 4, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    What is the secret of WI not playing Sunil Narine for 3 matches on trot running...? What is he being preserved for?

  • WILAD on December 4, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    It's the selectors fault that Edwards got out for a duck. Doesn't matter who you pick if you're just have apples to replace apples.

  • 22many on December 4, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Taylor is one of the few batsman in the world who can alter his game plan to play all three forms of the game at the highest level. Well done to him . Do NZC deserve such a talent?

  • Srini_Indian on December 4, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    As long as WI persist with Tino Best they can't make early breakthroughs. He just doesn't have enough skills to be an International bowler. 2 of his 3 wickets are soft and lucky. Add to that, the so-called 'aggression' he shows on the field is quite embarrassing given he is going about 4.5 rpo and hardly any ball from him swung. The guy averages 40 in 23 tests with 52 wickets with 17 of them against hapless Bangladesh and at 32 he is not a future prospect too. Time to get rid of him!!

  • hokeypokey on December 4, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Well done to Ross Taylor..He is a talent nz hasnt seen since the great Martin Crowe..I enjoyed watching him bat and concentrate so much for 2days.. Like 22many said, talented enough to have a batting plan for each format. To think white/hesson treated this talent so badly this time last year..They shouldnt be employed. .