NZ v WI, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day December 13, 2013

Bowlers failed in helpful conditions - Sammy


Darren Sammy has been involved in his fair share of West Indies batting collapses, but his team's third-day demise in Wellington caught even him off guard.

Barely 72 hours after he had not been able to wipe the smile from his face on winning the toss, he was left to the survey the scene of West Indies' third innings defeat in four matches. His contribution to the clatter of 16 wickets on the third day was a pair; in the first innings he was bowled the delivery after having a problem with his eye and in the second there was a forlorn feeling about his call for the DRS.

Sammy admitted the batting was not up to international standard, but although the double collapse gave the Test a rapid conclusion, he added that it was the performance with the ball, where they let New Zealand make 441 on a green pitch, that had sown the seeds of what was to follow. New Zealand's bowlers did as much right as West Indies' had done wrong.

"I though as a team we left Dunedin with confidence, especially the way we played to save the Test," he said. "To come down here and lose 16 wickets in a day is very disappointing. The first Test we batted well in the second innings, this Test we barely faced 100 overs which is not good for any international side.

"I think we've had the better part of the pitch on both occasions, good conditions to bowl. Credit must go to the New Zealand bowlers, especially Trent Boult. The way he exploited the conditions is something as a bowling group we've not been able to do here.

"If you look at our pitch maps we will probably be scattered all over the place. If I look at the New Zealand bowlers they'll be hitting that fuller, six-meter length more often than us which is where you tend to create most chances. Neither did we did not back the bowlers up in the field with some costly dropped catches."

The result, and the manner of it, will not come as a shock to the fans who remain loyal to this team. So often any morsel of hope, such as Darren Bravo's fighting double hundred in Dunedin, has been followed by a sharp reminder of why they languish in the bottom half of the Test rankings.

"I guess we've found ourselves in these situations a few times," Sammy said. "I believe we have the mettle in the dressing room to come back and keep remaining hungry because we value the fans back home.

"They're up late, or early in the morning, watching us," he added, perhaps forgetting there is no mainstream TV coverage of this series in the Caribbean. "We've got to give them something to shout about. Christmas time is soon around the corner. It's a time to be jolly so we've got to go down to Hamilton and give them a little Christmas gift."

Sammy gave a strong indication that the spinner Sunil Narine, who West Indies had been keen to play here, would come into the side for Hamilton. "So far, we've got two grassy tops and we've not been able to get the wickets," Sammy said. But never mind a Christmas gift, it might need a Christmas miracle for West Indies to level the series.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Sammy is forever making excuses the so call coach sits there and just stare that man cannot give advice to his players so just what is his use of being a coach. just what is Sammy place on the team the man can't bowl and he can't bat select a new captain who can do something to help the team he is a waste in the lineup.Shannon Gabriel has got to go also the man is a clumsy ox that bowls long hop at least give that kid Santokie (from Jam) a chance he is far better than Best and Gabriel.BUT THE COACH MUST GO

  • Cauldric on December 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    this was always comming.... i agree with sammy. Even though patting was pityful, our bowling was woefully worse. Common sense for any bowler is much better than being able to hit 135+ consistently. I was so embarassed as the commentators exposed Gabriel's inability to hold a cricket ball properly as a fast bowler. Even more embarassed as best and gabriel continue to pitch it short when everything else was screaming "straight and Full). Ocassionally best's emotion and agression can be accepted. But come on, What can we say about a bowler who seem to have forgotten the how to thing during play. Maybe he doesnt deserve to be on the team.

  • Kevin on December 14, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Almost another disgraceful performance by NZ, letting the WI off the hook and not taking a wicket for ages in the second innings. NZ almost can't buy a test win. Here is the WI offering them the opportunities on a platter, such as in the first test, and they seemed embarrassed to take them. There is just no killer instinct in this team. At least Boult seems to be getting some reward now, how often has he bowled beautifully for no result. I actually think he's nowhere near his best in this series, yet perversely he's finally getting a decent haul.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Wrong assessment, again Mr Captain. First, the bowling is clearly not up to test level. Perhaps this works at a regional level where the likes of Best and company bulldoze batsmen with short pitch bowling. It is hard to understand that bowlers cannot ASSESS a pitch and deliver what the pitch has to offer. The NZ bowlers were sending down bouncers at 130KPH and we had no answers. Whereas Best comes in @140 KPH and get hammered all over the park. I cannot imagine that Gibson is not asking for bowlers to keep the ball up. So it is safe to say Best is not learning and should go home. So should Gabriel, for he needs to learn to bowl---he has to demonstrate that he can produce in swing/outswing, reverse, slower ball, Yorker off cutters etc at will. No bowler should be allowed to play test cricket if he cannot do these things on demand. As for the batsmen, Powell, Edwards, Bravo, Samuels, Deonarine, and Sammy needs to learn the two types of cricket shots.

  • Derek on December 14, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Most of the current West Indies squad are suffering from cricket fatigue. Marlon Samuels needs a break from the game. In case some of the keyboard experts do not know or appreciate it, cricket requires a certain degree of mental ability from the individual which is very illusive whenever you are losing. Although this is a team sport; it demands at least one exceptional individual performance to gain a result. Repeated failure by individuals and the team lead to the indecisions which are so evident in this match. Short two/three test series only make matters worse because once the first game is lost panic and worry takes over. Just maybe if today WI cricketers were less smart and internet savvy they would focus more on events on the field of play and leave all the baggage of statistics and rankings to others.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    If Sammy has any class he would quit because everyone knows he is not worthy of a place on any test team. He should advice Gibson to do likewise.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Whatever happened to "catches win matches" - the bowlers bowled up to their rankings, and the WI's cannot afford to drop Taylor for duck. That was the pivotal point for the momentum of the game. New Zealand then came out and showed how to take your chances. Narine MUST play in the next test however if they are to stand any chance of getting 20 wickets.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Just another disappointment. Disappointment? We are used to it. The newest excuse by Sammy is our bowlers, I hope he understands he is included. What about the batting?. We could not make 200 hundred runs. Sammy's contribution a pair of zeroes. He took credit for the 1st test draw.Give the rain some credit. Sammy was elated after the 1st test that the NZ bowlers were tired.Why then after having won the toss give them more rest time? The same old rhetoric comes up over and over we are going into the next test being positive. Don't hold your breath. If we have so much talent and cannot produce it clearing means that the one who is being paid for guidance and motivation has failed miserably and should be removed along with the captain.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    I wonder if people realize that Sammy can't bat or bowl for people. He is just the captain. He can't be asked to take blame for batting failures. We said we wanted Gayle in the side and he has failed, Samuels is struggling and our bowling on this trip is weak. Maybe other players could be tried and at this point we can't lose. But i'm disappointed in Powell. He has a chance to cement himself and is failing. Once Gayle is back he gotta know he is out and Edwards in. Edwards i think is a good player and deserves a run. Ramdin is just not ready but the others are weak as well. As far as bowling goes Shillingford is a keeper and we need Roach and Rampaul back in the setup. Gabriel needs more time and Best working with the others is good because he is a hard worker. Gibson can't bat and bowl for players and neither can the captain. I like Sammy but i think noe he should concentrate on the shorter formats.

  • troy on December 13, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    well well what a terrible performance by waste indies i think west indies cricketer should be pay on performance and i think the coach should be fired , we need a good bowling coach like curtly ambrose and not forgetting a batting consultant viv richards and the captain should be sailing on the next ship, he is captain with half talent

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