New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd Test, Wellington, 1st day December 11, 2013

Taylor century punishes sloppy WI

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New Zealand 307 for 6 (Taylor 129) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies had the chance to dismiss Ross Taylor for the first time in the series off his fifth ball in Wellington. Kirk Edwards put him down at third slip off Tino Best, though. Taylor would have been gone for a duck, and New Zealand would have been 26 for 3. By the time he finally fell in the 88th over, Taylor had made his tenth Test hundred, gone past 4000 career Test runs and tallied 362 runs for the series. In half-century partnerships each with Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson, Taylor also carried New Zealand to 307 for 6 after they had been put in on a grassy Basin Reserve pitch.

All three of Taylor's dismissed partners scored briskly without any difficulties, but none of them managed more than 45, all falling against the run of play attempting more strokes. Taylor tightened up after the reprieve. He did not fall behind his partners in run-making but cut out risks till he reached his hundred, unless the ball was too short or too full. West Indies, hampered again by the inconsistency of their fast bowlers, bowled 31 consecutive overs of spin, but Taylor wasn't to be enticed into a mistake. He slowed down, reached the century in the final over before the second new ball, and cut loose thereafter. West Indies were to drop him again on 122, this time Best himself the culprit at fine leg, before Shane Shillingford dived at deep point to limit the damage from the first drop to 129.

Darren Sammy had chuckled as soon as he won the toss but his fast bowlers could not summon the consistent control required to fully exploit the pace, seam and carry in the wicket. The skies were overcast before the start but sunlight gradually increased till the ground was brightly lit. The wicket did not turn out to be as bowler-friendly as was expected. However, there was sufficient help on offer for the quicks, especially from a fuller length, but West Indies' favoured length was much shorter.

They did dismiss Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford cheaply, but frittered away the pressure soon, unable to stop the flow of runs. Sammy was guilty of dropping Rutherford in the slips off Shannon Gabriel, but the batsman wasn't able to make much of the reprieve.

New Zealand were in trouble at 24 for 2, but West Indies soon started tailing into the pads when they tried the fuller lengths and Taylor clipped them through midwicket. Short-and-wide balls also started appearing now and then, and both Taylor and Williamson ensured they were put away.

Williamson, returning after recovering from his thumb injury, looked solid from the start, playing late and swaying inside the line of bouncers early. Best let it slip further after the Taylor drop, digging it short and wide and was cut over the third-man boundary for six by Williamson.

Williamson came out still more positive after lunch, driving, cutting and pulling boundaries. But in trying to force a back-foot punch off Best, he edged one on 45 and this time, Sammy held on at second slip. Although the stand was worth 88, New Zealand were still only 112.

McCullum's arrival ensured the runs kept coming. McCullum scored in his usual busy manner, refusing to keep his cuts and pulls down but also hitting the gaps, even if he hit the odd stroke perilously close to a fielder. With Taylor in complete control at the other end, West Indies weren't able to stop the batsmen from frequently turning the strike over. By tea, the stand had progressed to 74, but McCullum was to go soon after the break, stabbing Narsingh Deonarine to midwicket.

Corey Anderson arrived to take on the spinners with powerful cuts, sweeps and lofted hits down the ground. He had motored to 38 when he under-edged a sweep onto pad and there on to silly point off Shillingford, just before the second new ball arrived.

Taylor, who'd nudged his way around against the spinners, drove Best 's first delivery with the new ball straight past the bowler for four. BJ Watling batted safely for stumps at the other end, and New Zealand would have ended even stronger had a tired Taylor not thrown his bat at everything.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • truecric_fan on December 12, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    West Indies used to be my favorite team after India. We used to be in awe of their great bowling attack that used to demolish most batting line-ups. What happened to WI. Their bowling is the worst among top 8.Now they cannot say there is no money in cricket cause they sure can make some big money in T-20 and IPL. Why have not the bowling legends like holding, garner, marshall, roberts, ambrose, walsh etc etc done anything to inspire young talent?

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    How is sodhi not 8

  • Mayaro_Man on December 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Lovely start to the day by Best setting the tone for us, and right on cue, Gabriel starts with a loose ball. Sammy and Gibson believe in these two, said so before the match. Absolutely lovely.

  • 22many on December 11, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Geez if I was Taylor, I would also be spending as long as I could out in the middle instead of sitting around in the hut being schooled by our coach. This whole set up is a total joke, except the only one laughing is Taylor. Those in charge of last years coo should be hanging their heads in shame.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    I'm sorry your argument makes no sense. You have cancelled out Taylor's best two scores not as captain and then said I think he averaged more as captain. That's like canceling out Australia's last two tests and saying they haven't shown improvement . Can't go canceling performances to back up a limp argument mate. Here's the stats Taylor as captain averaged 41.3 and since not being captain 68. You need facts to support your arguments .

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Too many runs given away on the legside. These WI bowlers are so dumb, they cant even keep the ball on the off stump, stupid bowling!

  • wizard09 on December 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    for those questioning the ticket pricing you can get full 5 day passes for $43 if you prebook less than $10 per day. i have mine for the Hamilton test

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    wats up with the messed up headline?? are west indies players the only players to drop catches. every thing with west indies u seeing some terrible headline all teams have their down periods look at england. not seeing any body writing crap about england..look at wat SA did to indea . nobody writing crap about indea!!!???

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    And it doesn't matter if it was the last two tests he's only not been captain for a year!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    And I'm pretty sure Taylor averaged 70 odd in bangladesh .. Not the last two tests....

  • truecric_fan on December 12, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    West Indies used to be my favorite team after India. We used to be in awe of their great bowling attack that used to demolish most batting line-ups. What happened to WI. Their bowling is the worst among top 8.Now they cannot say there is no money in cricket cause they sure can make some big money in T-20 and IPL. Why have not the bowling legends like holding, garner, marshall, roberts, ambrose, walsh etc etc done anything to inspire young talent?

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    How is sodhi not 8

  • Mayaro_Man on December 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Lovely start to the day by Best setting the tone for us, and right on cue, Gabriel starts with a loose ball. Sammy and Gibson believe in these two, said so before the match. Absolutely lovely.

  • 22many on December 11, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Geez if I was Taylor, I would also be spending as long as I could out in the middle instead of sitting around in the hut being schooled by our coach. This whole set up is a total joke, except the only one laughing is Taylor. Those in charge of last years coo should be hanging their heads in shame.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    I'm sorry your argument makes no sense. You have cancelled out Taylor's best two scores not as captain and then said I think he averaged more as captain. That's like canceling out Australia's last two tests and saying they haven't shown improvement . Can't go canceling performances to back up a limp argument mate. Here's the stats Taylor as captain averaged 41.3 and since not being captain 68. You need facts to support your arguments .

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Too many runs given away on the legside. These WI bowlers are so dumb, they cant even keep the ball on the off stump, stupid bowling!

  • wizard09 on December 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    for those questioning the ticket pricing you can get full 5 day passes for $43 if you prebook less than $10 per day. i have mine for the Hamilton test

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    wats up with the messed up headline?? are west indies players the only players to drop catches. every thing with west indies u seeing some terrible headline all teams have their down periods look at england. not seeing any body writing crap about england..look at wat SA did to indea . nobody writing crap about indea!!!???

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    And it doesn't matter if it was the last two tests he's only not been captain for a year!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    And I'm pretty sure Taylor averaged 70 odd in bangladesh .. Not the last two tests....

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    In the nz herald Taylor is averting 68 since being relieved of captaincy . If he averaged 69 as captain hats of to you but I don't think you have a leg to stand on mate!

  • regofpicton on December 11, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Ross Taylor didn't "throw it away". It's not as if he chipped a weak shot to mid-on - he was out to a fantastic catch on the boundary. And it's not as if he then felt self-satisfied - he apologised to Tim Southee for giving him un-nessary stress. Taylor demands the very best from from himself, and I am happy to admit that I admire him unresevedly. McCullum, on the other hand, always seems very pleased with himself no matter how modest his contribution, and I have very little time for him. But yes, just at the moment, McCullum is in what for him is a rich vein of form, and probably does deserve his place in the side. But as captain? Surely you jest!

  • cardassian on December 11, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @Sam You do realize that Talyor's average has been going up since he took over the captaincy in the first place? In fact it's only higher under McCullum because of these last 2 games. If we filtered them out it would be lower than when he was captain. Also while some people may think McCullum scoring 1 century in 3 years is good enough, I would like to point out that as captain McCullum averages 33.76 which is nowhere near International level.

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    In regards to mcculum being captain . What is Taylor averaging since not being g test captain? I'm not saying McCullum is the right man . But for the sake of Taylor becoming the world class batsman he should be and is now becoming he shouldn't be skipper . Proven! Williamson should be captain in two years time. Mcculum is averaging 55 in three innings and deservant of people less on his back for the time being.

  • TAJY on December 11, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Was shocked to see the WI team unchanged. Our bowling will struggle to get NZ out. Tino Best will never be anything special on the international stage cuz he has no discipline in his line and length, constantly spraying deliveries down the leg side. Gabriel is nothing special, only God knows why he was chosen yet again. Sammy is Sammy, will get the odd wicket due to batsman error, but won't pressure batsmen too much. Our spinners will try but this is a wicket where the pacemen need to step forward. Our quicks are pathetic! Play Rampaul instead of Gabriel at least

  • rayinto on December 11, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    When you drop the same guy 3 times, he deserves to make a 100 and should have gone on to 200 again.

  • on December 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    didnt mccullum score a 100 3 innings ago, doubters?

  • on December 11, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    I agree with Ms.Cricket. McCullum is not, and never has been a genuine test batter! Surely his number five spot should go to Ryder? As that would make a far stronger batting outfit, imagine Ryder coming in with the score at 250/3!!!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 11, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    wirus, you raise good points. The selectors are far from reality. Unfortunately, without Kemar Roach - a genuine world class bowler, the Windies attack is rather threadbare. In time, with correct management - i.e. do not expose them to the rigors of the "junk formats" (T20 and ODIs), Miguel Cummins and Delorn "Sprint" Johnson may well help to form a new spearhead. But for now, Best will continue to huff, puff and blow the wrong way, Sammy will trundle on as long as the selectors see fit and guys like Gabriel will have to take the most of their chance when it comes along. Cummins looks the best fast bowling prospect for a very long time, but this young an needs to be brought into the side when Roach is fit and firing on all cylinders, he cannot be asked to carry the attack at such a delicate stage in his development. Holder should also be considered for the longer format once his pace improves, Beaton, when his radar is tuned in.

  • Ms.Cricket on December 11, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Taylor should really be the NZ captain. McCullum is not a genuine no 5 batsman. If McCullum keeps wicket then he is worth his place as in the side otherwise as No 5 and captain he is not good at both.

  • calcu on December 11, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    NZ should win this match easily.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @portman - under Fleming, NZ won the Champions Trophy, and were the number #3 test team in the world, beating England in England, West Indies in West Indies, drawing with South Africa in NZ, drawing with India in India and drawing with Australia in Australia when every other country who toured Australia lost their test series by huge margins. Thats pretty good for a team with no money where the only world class player was Shane Bond.

  • on December 11, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    The Kiwis under fleming, reached the semi finals of the 1999 wcup, the won the champions trophy, they always over performed, Shane Bond was the only genuine consistent world class performer!

  • portman on December 11, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @ Naz Ali - Your comment that Stephen Fleming did wonders with an average Kiwi team?? What did NZ win under Fleming? Fleming had a team with plenty of talent. Vincent a 100 on debut in Oz, Chris Cairns a quality allrounder, Astle, Parore, Bond, himself, Richardson. These players had the talent but produced few results under Fleming, who simply never led from the front - too busy making up nicknames for an era of NZ cricket where talent was limited but results were produced.

  • portman on December 11, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @nicevans - how do you figure the team is going really well, when was there last victory? Certainly if you look at tests it was a long time ago and ultimately its about results - we don't get them under McCullum/Hesson. Why does McCullum refuse to listen to M Crowe? Taylor has Crowe as a mentor and is scoring runs, Crowe is the best batsman NZ has produced and will probably turn Taylor into the next best. Crowe's involvement with Taylor is an embarrassment to the Coach, who obviously has little ability as a batting coach at this level. Taylor has consistency now added with greater discipline and range of shots and the ability to bat long periods - none of it comes from Hesson.

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    another opening day of test Cricket where NZ have been put into bat and score 300+ on the first day alone, the New Zealand batting line up is looking strong, after making 400+ twice in Bangladesh, they have made 609-9 d. and so far 307-6, if they can get 93 more runs then 4 consecutive first innings scores of more then 400 runs is pretty impressive, i think in a way NZ not bowling first will kind of help the bowlers become fresher still after bowling 200+ overs in a row they would of loved sitting with their feet up today and now they can be ready to bowl either late tomorrow morning or in the early afternoon

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    How much are ticket prices at the moment? Last time I was at the basin they were around $15.00

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @delboy I agree with you to some extent but you seemed to have misunderstood what I said. Every player who is playing international cricket should know what to do, you cant teach chanders how to bat etc. What I meant was that in any team sport people who are average become better than average because of the quality of their captain, Imran Khan lead a disunited and politically driven team to glory in 1992 all players in their interviews make a point that Imran leadership, personality and ability united them on the field. Ganguly did the same with India, Nasser Hussain with a very poor England Team, Inzamam with his team in the latter stages of his career and Stephen Fleming did wonders with his average Kwii teams...Misbah and Sammy have been commendable performers but they do not instill belief and passion in their team mates! Many past legends from both countries have said the same about Misbah and Sammy.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 11, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    taylor must have been very exhusted to throw his wicket away like that, he was about 4 or 5 overs away from a good nights rest to do it all again tomorrow, i know there are alot of miles in those legs but still i was dissapointed how he threw it away so close to stumps. sounds pretty stupid having a go at taylor he's been amazing, he should be the batting coach, too many other guys arn't converting good starts into big scores but then again nobody else will listen to crowe

  • wirus on December 11, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Is it me or are some people in WI management living in a parallel universe? How can you have supposedly test class fast bowlers who can't understand or are unable to bowl according to the pitch in front of them. One doesn't need to go that far back to ask what would Walsh and Ambrose have done on this pitch? Would they have bowled short and wide or down leg side? Watch what the NZ seamers are going to do. This isn't rocket science folks! Would you allow a surgeon or a pilot or a bus driver to keep his job if he was clearly unable to do it? NO! Yet WI persist with this rubbish! At least Shillingford and Deonerine were tight. This pitch would have been a God-send for Steyn or Johnson or Anderson. If WI do not have test class seamers, why not just admit that and put your best and strongest bowling attack on the field? If that means two spinners then so be it. I won't mention the Sammy problem. Somebody has to wake up and act!

  • nicevans on December 11, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Great to see Taylor get a century, although very lucky not to be out for a duck. Disappointing dismissals for Taylor and Maccullum, but more disappointing to hear the tedious vitriol directed towards Maccullum every time there is a perceived failure on his part ( mainly in other media). People really need to get over the whole Maccullum captaincy thing, the team is going really well at the moment, a few drops of rain and a draw doesn't change that. Middle / lower order with Anderson and Watling looking good for the future, but still not convinced about Fultons technique as an opener.Hopefully get close to 400 tomorrow and put pressure on the WI top order. Go the black caps!

  • delboy on December 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @Naz Ali at this level all eleven players should possess a certain level of leadership. The captain is the one given that extra responsibility to represent the team; he is the one the umpires etc look to to ensure the team uphold the spirit of the game. Your argument suggests, Sammy must show Chanders what to do; this is a more experience veteran who any captain will look to for advise. The idea of leading and others follow makes no sense. If an opening batsman need Darren Sammy who bats 8 to lead then something is wrong, likewise his new ball bowlers must know their job and not expect him to demonstrate this in match situations. You seem to have knowledge of certain players in the PAK and WI squad who disrespect their captains; share this with the national coaches so that such players are omitted as this is disruptive to any team. ALL players in a TEAM share a common goal. Whenever players are carrying out their roles the captain and coaches roles are NEVER questioned.

  • AltafPatel on December 11, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    @hokeypokey you think back to back double and hundred is first ever !! think you should check records. even occasions had been when a batsman scored double and hundred in single match ! Graham Gooch even scored tripple and hundred in single test.

  • weasel_zapper on December 11, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @ hokeypokey. first kiwi or first ever? i would imagine he would be the first kiwi to do it but surely it's been done before?

    those ticket prices are crazy, is it the same for the weekend? surely they could at least drop the prices during the week.

  • AltafPatel on December 11, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Don't know why WI always come up with incomplete strength like ommiting Rampaul, Sunil Narine. They still can't learn lesson to send strong batsmen like Chandrapaul, and Ramdin on top. It seems that WI is not technically poor but its their management that takes immature decisions.

  • AltafPatel on December 11, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Don't why WI always come up with incomplete strength like ommiting Rampaul, Sunil Narine. They still can't learn lesson to send strong batsmen like Chandrapaul, and Ramdin on top. It seems that WI is not technically poor but its their management that takes immature decisions.

  • pietime on December 11, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Yeah it's a bit sad tickets are so expensive. Only a few years ago tickets were under $30. You can't take couches into the basin which was a tradition. Another point about the ticket prices and banned couches. Before the price hike and banned couches loads of students and young people and myself used to rule sections of the embankments at the basin. We were boozy at times and loud, but provided the ground with a bit of volume and support for the Black caps. The banning of the couches was understandable but the hike in price has taken away a big group of support for the black caps. Go on NZ cricket drop the prices and the grounds will fill up.

  • hokeypokey on December 11, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Well played ross taylor, ranked 7in the world for tests..and I think the first ever to back up a double centry with a centry...outstanding effort for a young man who was treated so badly from nzc lastyear...

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    The windies have the same problem as pak, decent captains who make the most out of the little talent they have, however, people respect a leader who leads from the front is aggressive and has a lot of talent....both Misbah and Sammy are nice people and do the best with limited talent but both teams need someone who teamates respect and follow!

  • alesana85 on December 11, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Another good day for NZ, disappointed not to see Narine play live. Great to see Taylor knuckle down & score another ton, but it was disappointing to see him throw away his wicket with a few overs left, when you're running hot & luck is on your side always take full advantage. @ chechong0114 it's a working day in NZ & the home team have a poor record in test cricket. If anything cricket in NZ gets way too much exposure for the results they achieve.

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    When you feel West Indies have taken 1 step forward some how they go 4 step backward.Some how they got lucky for1st test match with that squad. ST Gabriel have no place in side he with ravi in ranks.Sammy him self nothing more then t20 bowler.Hope west Indies pick player on talent and current form. Instead of playing N Deonarine will always play Gayle given his proven talent.

    West Indies team a strong captain to look upon , Sammy as done his best what he can.Some 1 can bring unity in this raw talented player and make them play as unit.

  • hokeypokey on December 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    @pietime, are you joking? 43bucks? For a day at a test? If thats true that is disgusting..nzc are trying there best to kill the game here arnt they..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Wonderful performance by NZ. After thrashing mediocre SL at their home NZ are in full flow.

  • JPQ_kiwifan on December 11, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @chechong0114:

    Mate, chill out. It's a working day in New Zealand - people are working hard and following the cricket on this website!

    Wait till the weekend and you will see the stadium almost full - last season it sold out months in advance.

  • pietime on December 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Yo checchong there are empty seats because tickets are so expensive. $43 NZ or around $37US. It's not cheap to get into a days play. I go every year to all Basin tests but the prices are going up over the last year or two. Inflation is not catching up in this country. You want parents taking children and exposing them to the atmosphere of cricket and crowds and future hero's. Children grow up going to tests and ODIs can only be great for NZ cricket. Instead NZ cricket want to make money. The development of the sport in our country is more important than hefty gate sales.

  • Mayaro_Man on December 11, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    On a green top and Best and Gabriel leak runs, as usual. They just don't bowl the length or consistently the right line, but as Sammy said, they believe in them. Now we will be chasing the game as usual. Not only that, before the match, Sammy's tone was filled with bravado, false bravado for a team that was saved by rain. Can the batsmen save them again?

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Bad decision by WI they choose to bowl on a Green bouncy pitch but used their spinners more than the pacers. After tea Tino Best was never giver to bowl Sammy even bowl him self.

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    WI with some oil on their hands. Dropped catches left and right.

  • chechong0114 on December 11, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    The sport of cricket has been around since the 18th century yet it continues to struggle worldwide to maintain a consistent and respectable fan base, the stadiums are some of the smallest of any sporting arenas in the world yet at most venues they are often very empty, as a cricket loving person this is a very worrying trend to me. I personally have nothing to gain financially from any revenue that the game achieves but yet I struggle to understand the logic behind this sport. Its as though the game has completely neglected the business aspect of everything and has placed all its focus on things that are doing no profit to it at all one way or the other. What is the point playing if almost no one is looking? Many of the older players like Gregg Chappell are saying that money should not be the focus but it should be about country, what country when almost no one cares. Watching this current series here in NZ only gives u a feeling of despair people are even sleeping at the ground.

  • on December 10, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Ostis Gibson for god sake give sheldon cottrell the ball is it one of them situation where selectors pick the player and coach say im not gona play him. Dont kill the young man career left pace bowlers are so rare in cricket. It was dumb to persist with gabriel when he's proven not to have a stock delivery atleast cottrell would bring more pace on this surface

  • on December 10, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    so overcast conditions and no Ravi Rampaul

  • chechong0114 on December 10, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Does anybody in new zealand know that there is an international test series involving the home team taking place in the country right now. First day of the second test after a great first test match and cricket's most faithful fan " EMPTY SEATS" shows up in huge numbers to support the home team. What a faithful group they are.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 10, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    WOW W.I are still playing the same 11 . . .

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  • BRUTALANALYST on December 10, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    WOW W.I are still playing the same 11 . . .

  • chechong0114 on December 10, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    Does anybody in new zealand know that there is an international test series involving the home team taking place in the country right now. First day of the second test after a great first test match and cricket's most faithful fan " EMPTY SEATS" shows up in huge numbers to support the home team. What a faithful group they are.

  • on December 10, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    so overcast conditions and no Ravi Rampaul

  • on December 10, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Ostis Gibson for god sake give sheldon cottrell the ball is it one of them situation where selectors pick the player and coach say im not gona play him. Dont kill the young man career left pace bowlers are so rare in cricket. It was dumb to persist with gabriel when he's proven not to have a stock delivery atleast cottrell would bring more pace on this surface

  • chechong0114 on December 11, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    The sport of cricket has been around since the 18th century yet it continues to struggle worldwide to maintain a consistent and respectable fan base, the stadiums are some of the smallest of any sporting arenas in the world yet at most venues they are often very empty, as a cricket loving person this is a very worrying trend to me. I personally have nothing to gain financially from any revenue that the game achieves but yet I struggle to understand the logic behind this sport. Its as though the game has completely neglected the business aspect of everything and has placed all its focus on things that are doing no profit to it at all one way or the other. What is the point playing if almost no one is looking? Many of the older players like Gregg Chappell are saying that money should not be the focus but it should be about country, what country when almost no one cares. Watching this current series here in NZ only gives u a feeling of despair people are even sleeping at the ground.

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    WI with some oil on their hands. Dropped catches left and right.

  • on December 11, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Bad decision by WI they choose to bowl on a Green bouncy pitch but used their spinners more than the pacers. After tea Tino Best was never giver to bowl Sammy even bowl him self.

  • Mayaro_Man on December 11, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    On a green top and Best and Gabriel leak runs, as usual. They just don't bowl the length or consistently the right line, but as Sammy said, they believe in them. Now we will be chasing the game as usual. Not only that, before the match, Sammy's tone was filled with bravado, false bravado for a team that was saved by rain. Can the batsmen save them again?

  • pietime on December 11, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Yo checchong there are empty seats because tickets are so expensive. $43 NZ or around $37US. It's not cheap to get into a days play. I go every year to all Basin tests but the prices are going up over the last year or two. Inflation is not catching up in this country. You want parents taking children and exposing them to the atmosphere of cricket and crowds and future hero's. Children grow up going to tests and ODIs can only be great for NZ cricket. Instead NZ cricket want to make money. The development of the sport in our country is more important than hefty gate sales.

  • JPQ_kiwifan on December 11, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @chechong0114:

    Mate, chill out. It's a working day in New Zealand - people are working hard and following the cricket on this website!

    Wait till the weekend and you will see the stadium almost full - last season it sold out months in advance.