New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 1st day December 19, 2013

Ramdin, Chanderpaul revive WI

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Ramdin, Chanderpaul restored spirit

West Indies 289 for 6 (Ramdin 107, Chanderpaul 94*, Anderson 3-25) v New Zealand
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It is their collapses that are spectacular these days, and West Indies didn't disappoint on that front again, losing 4 for 9 to convert a solid start of 77 for 1 to 86 for 5. But what followed was even more spectacular, and substantial. Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul stunned New Zealand with a sixth-wicket partnership of 200 that came at just over four an over. Ramdin's exit late in the day after his fourth Test hundred gave New Zealand some respite, but Chanderpaul was closing in on his 29th century, and West Indies had two specialist spinners and two competent part-timers to exploit a slow pitch which afforded turn and bounce for slow bowlers even on day one.

Just under half an hour of typical chaos after lunch when those four wickets fell seemed to justify Brendon McCullum's decision to bowl. But the relative comfort with which West Indies batted on either side of that short period showed that the Seddon Park pitch had been of little help to New Zealand.

There was some swing for large parts of the day, and the occasional seam, but under mostly bright sunshine, the surface lacked the bite that had been there in Wellington. New Zealand weren't as disciplined as they had been in the previous Test. Ramdin and Chanderpaul were never tied down, and hit boundaries freely, helped along by some uncharacteristically sloppy New Zealand fielding and catching.

Ramdin was put down twice on 57 and 92 at midwicket and short cover, and Chanderpaul escaped with several airy nudges that just beat leg gully. Both batsmen took their chances, and prospered. Ramdin was imperious through cover and point, driving the fast bowlers at will for fours. The off-side infield would think they had an opportunity, but by the time someone dived or stuck out his hand, the ball would have sped towards the boundary. Ramdin repeatedly unsettled the legspinner Ish Sodhi, slog-sweeping and pulling him powerfully.

Chanderpaul was troubled by Sodhi's turn and bounce initially, the fielder at leg gully always in with a chance. But he survived, and drove the quick bowlers smoothly down the ground. New Zealand tried the short ball often against Chanderpaul, with a deep square leg, fine leg and leg gully, but he took them on, pulling confidently.

There was a flurry of boundaries just before and after the second new ball was taken, before Ramdin edged Corey Anderson behind in the 87th over to fall for 107. The previous wicket had gone 299 balls ago, when New Zealand had found themselves on top, out of nowhere.

West Indies showed again they could collapse regardless of the pitch, conditions or bowling. Kraigg Brathwaite, playing his first Test since April 2012 in place of Darren Bravo, had helped the visitors navigate the first session for the loss of only Kieran Powell, who had only himself to blame for trying an upper-cut while swaying away from a bouncer. Brathwaite, dropped on 13 and 15, and Powell had survived for more than an hour and put on 41.

It was Tim Southee who kickstarted the drama soon after lunch. Brathwaite had been tentative often but had survived through some pluck and some fortune to proceed to 45. But when Southee dug it in short, Brathwaite's awkward style conspired to send the ball to gully. Southee was bowling some big outswingers now, and Kirk Edwards feathered one of them behind while trying to leave it, and was given out after New Zealand reviewed. Marlon Samuels flayed irresponsibly at his ninth delivery to edge to gully for a duck and Narsingh Deonarine missed a clip to be caught in front.

Yet again, it was down to Chanderpaul, and he wasn't going to throw it away easily on such a pitch. Refreshingly, even Ramdin wasn't willing to.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 19, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Chanderpaul,always has the will to do well. He is a great cricketer. WI please try and draw this one.

  • Mekkayel on December 19, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    What are you talking about, Kirk Edwards has performed, he scored 2 half tons upon his return after a year of absence, more than Powell or the out of form Gayle had done, and he's not even an opening batsman. The way I see it Kirk will be at no 3 from now on, bravo at 4 and Samuels demoted to 6 or dropped

  • SwingandSeam on December 19, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @Farooz Mohammed. Good point about Samuels. He has not been the same player since getting hit in the head. Hope he can get his confidence back because he is probably the most talented player in the West Indies team.

  • jimmyvida on December 19, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Ramdin has been batting very well lately. His technique is up there. He should be more consistent in the future. Unless NZ get Chanders early, WI can post a 400-500 total. Can WI Draw the series? We'll see, continuing today.

  • on December 19, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Finally, something to cheer about, thanks to Chanderpaul getting some support from Brathwaite and more so Ramdin. Now if only Sammy can deliver with the bat and ball, we may have a game yet.

  • on December 19, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Shiv should be in the one day squad

  • JermanSoldier on December 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Ramdin must be consistent though, so must be all of the WI batsmen.We have got lot of talent and technique in guys like Jr. Bravo, Powell, Brathwaite, Ramdin, etc. But none were performing consistently. This could also be a juncture in Ramdin's career, as he could be possibly the future WI test captain, once Sammy is sacked. He has the experience, but must deliver consistently. I don't think Jr. Bravo will be appointed as the captain, because just like Lara, he is not captaincy material. Kirk Edwards has also not performed and is not a permanent part of the test squad. That makes Ramdin the perfect choice. Sammy must captain in T20s, Sr. Bravo in ODIs and Ramdin in tests. Thats the way forward for WI.

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on December 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    chanders you beauty. Cant imagine you are still playing with such an ease. I remember the 2000 series when you visited India under Carl Hooper. You were the most dangerous batsman more than lara or hooper. We used to be more happy for your wicket then any other batsman. you still amaze me as you did back then. Thank you for entertaining us

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Really don't know how Deonarine could play in the team, he basically is not even a club class player in the first place,as a spinner I don't think he is capable of taking wickets even in a street cricket games. The WI is really going to find very difficult in getting somebody to take the place of Chanderpaul once he retire's,a man who has been there in the WI team many a times to save them in time of need.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Wonderful fight back West Indies. Sammy needs to play a captain's knock tomorrow to get us further out of the woods. Keep going fellas. We can beat NZ, they are not as good as we have made them look in this series.

  • on December 19, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Chanderpaul,always has the will to do well. He is a great cricketer. WI please try and draw this one.

  • Mekkayel on December 19, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    What are you talking about, Kirk Edwards has performed, he scored 2 half tons upon his return after a year of absence, more than Powell or the out of form Gayle had done, and he's not even an opening batsman. The way I see it Kirk will be at no 3 from now on, bravo at 4 and Samuels demoted to 6 or dropped

  • SwingandSeam on December 19, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @Farooz Mohammed. Good point about Samuels. He has not been the same player since getting hit in the head. Hope he can get his confidence back because he is probably the most talented player in the West Indies team.

  • jimmyvida on December 19, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Ramdin has been batting very well lately. His technique is up there. He should be more consistent in the future. Unless NZ get Chanders early, WI can post a 400-500 total. Can WI Draw the series? We'll see, continuing today.

  • on December 19, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Finally, something to cheer about, thanks to Chanderpaul getting some support from Brathwaite and more so Ramdin. Now if only Sammy can deliver with the bat and ball, we may have a game yet.

  • on December 19, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Shiv should be in the one day squad

  • JermanSoldier on December 19, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Ramdin must be consistent though, so must be all of the WI batsmen.We have got lot of talent and technique in guys like Jr. Bravo, Powell, Brathwaite, Ramdin, etc. But none were performing consistently. This could also be a juncture in Ramdin's career, as he could be possibly the future WI test captain, once Sammy is sacked. He has the experience, but must deliver consistently. I don't think Jr. Bravo will be appointed as the captain, because just like Lara, he is not captaincy material. Kirk Edwards has also not performed and is not a permanent part of the test squad. That makes Ramdin the perfect choice. Sammy must captain in T20s, Sr. Bravo in ODIs and Ramdin in tests. Thats the way forward for WI.

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on December 19, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    chanders you beauty. Cant imagine you are still playing with such an ease. I remember the 2000 series when you visited India under Carl Hooper. You were the most dangerous batsman more than lara or hooper. We used to be more happy for your wicket then any other batsman. you still amaze me as you did back then. Thank you for entertaining us

  • on December 19, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Really don't know how Deonarine could play in the team, he basically is not even a club class player in the first place,as a spinner I don't think he is capable of taking wickets even in a street cricket games. The WI is really going to find very difficult in getting somebody to take the place of Chanderpaul once he retire's,a man who has been there in the WI team many a times to save them in time of need.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    Wonderful fight back West Indies. Sammy needs to play a captain's knock tomorrow to get us further out of the woods. Keep going fellas. We can beat NZ, they are not as good as we have made them look in this series.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Nz won't lose this test . It's a road . First innings lead you wait.

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    ramdin will lead wi soon god bless him

  • on December 19, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    West Indies cricket live.

  • on December 19, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    expecting to start afresh today and clean up the last 4 wickets and keep Windies under 350.......there is always some sort of partnership in any innings and this one was a peach but still I'd rather be in NZ shoes at the moment....bat long NZ and try not to get too much to chase because the spinners will be coming into this big time. Sodhi moved it on day 1......

  • A-Gunnie on December 19, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Agreed with you wapuser.Well done to both of you Chanders & Ramdin for the repair and discipline in your batting.I like Sammy but not in this format of the game.

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I'm saying this once again, give the captaincy to Ramdin and select four bowlers you think is each capable of bagging five wickets in an innings, along with six sensible batsmen or five with your best all-rounder. A combination like this is guaranteed better results..

  • on December 19, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Well done West Indies!!! Good fight back..on another note..marlon samuels is not the same player he was in 2012..i might be wrong, but i believe the blow in Australia from Malinga is the divide between his good performances and his poor form..maybe he could bat lower down the order until his confidence is back..

  • wainanns on December 19, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Well done Chanderpaul and Ramdin. It just show what application can do. If Sammy the captain follow the example of Chanderpaul I believe the West Indies should reach 400 runs. Chander.. should get his hundred today

  • TAJY on December 19, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Good ol Chanderpaul. How often must this man save us from utter embarrassment? When Chanderpaul eventually retires I really don't know what WI will do. There is no other batsman in the team anywhere near his level of class and consistency. Good to see Ramdin come through with a big score as well, its a shame that he hasn't done much with the bat throughout his career cuz he really is the best wicketkeeper in the Caribbean. His place is certain once he can average around 35. I hope he continues with consistency! I hate the inconsistency of our batters. A guy can score 200 in one match and then single digit scores for his next 3-4 innings. Its infuriating, and it symbolizes WI cricketers

  • gazaman55 on December 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Edwards is not good at all against the moving ball or bowlers who get extra pace, he plays too late and by time he realises the ball is already on him. Ramdin needs to go higher up the order, and i'm not saying this because of his latest exploit. For quite some time i've been saying that any player batting before the tail should be a naturally aggressive and powerful batsman, who's capable of scoring quickly with the tail. Ramdin may look aggressive but he is not powerful, and if you look closely he tends to go into a horizontal bat mode for every shot when trying to play aggressive and he's rarely in control of his shots, he's just swiping. Samuels should bat right before deonarine or in his spot...Samuels is a good player dont get me wrong, but to me i think he plays more fluent or looks way more dangerous playing aggressive or his natural game. He tends to go into a shell. Samuels is our best bat after chanders, dont get me wrong...but i dont think that he is a No.4 batsman.

  • on December 19, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    delboy, the world knows that Sunil Gavascar is arguably the best opening batsman of All Time. It is he who said, "[Copy Book]technique is overrated - the best technique is the one with which a batsman is most comfortable, [once he's SCORING RUNS consistently with it]". This piece of WISDOM from "the MOST INTELLIGENT BATSMAN All Time" can't be closer to the truth! Chanderpaul for example, since he began his career, I've been hearing all kinds of HOGWASH about his technique; but I've never seen a more consistent 'runs-geter' than him in test cricket; including the Great Brian Lara, the best batsman since Bradman! Chanders now in his 40th year, is still batting as when he was 19. Yet, you hear the so called experts trying to rate those lesser disciples, who could hardly get the ball off the square at the young age of 38 over him. Some of them think that goog batting is only when you continue to look like a school boy at coaching school; just batting to impress your coach and yourself!

  • PANVALBOY on December 19, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Its Great to see our Boys showing some Grit. Thanks to Chandas and Ramdin we posted a respectable total. The West Indies Selectors has been hard on Ramdhin. There is no one better than him in what he does, yet they keep him out of the T-20 and one day games. West Indies are Lucky to have Him still around. He has more Big innings still to come.

  • delboy on December 19, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    @drtrinileggie you think like the current management; put the team you propose together at the extent of creating an imbalance to the TRINIDADIAN team. You MUST have a balance.

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Many ask why no Cottrell? Did u see his only test?

  • VisBal on December 19, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @ delboy: I actually agree with much of what you say. Chanders in fact - in spite of his odd stance - plays with a good technique: compact, good arc, high elbow. Marlon may prosper if drops down the order, but not if he has to face the newish ball. He would be better off playing when the spinners are operating. His game is well-suited for playing spin, especially when the ball turns a lot; cue his performance in India last month. But he is not a number 3 or number 4 batsman.

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    If only Windies got their bowling selection right, they would've streamrolled this overrated NZ side.

  • Captainman on December 19, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    There's not much interest in this series. Very poor crowd turnout throughout this 3 match series.

  • nicevans on December 19, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @22many. Why on earth would McCullum step down based on a decision to bowl first? His captaincy during the innings was very good, but conveniently over looked by those who seem to have an agenda with respect to McCullum. This whole bash McCullum thing every time there is a perceived mistake is tedious, and there is no viable alternative anyway. Of course the silence is deafening when he does well.. go figure!

  • SuperSharky on December 19, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Another interesting & entertaining Test match. I like the see-saw balance & the fightback from Chanderpaul & Ramdin. Great match!

  • HashirSL on December 19, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    I'd say Chanderpaul was better set than Ramdin though the latter has more runs to his account. The crab stance seems to be doing its work. And Samuels seriously has some problem working out how he should play under given circumstances, as has been visible throughout this year. Sad to be not able to the Samuels that we saw last year. That guy was amazing. (And specially, that guy got the T20 WC to WI singlehandedly from us.)

  • delboy on December 19, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @VisBal has it ever occurred to you that certain players operate like robots? They have great technique and ability but when TOLD what to do by unqualified experts never ask themselves how can I disprove what is being imposed on me? Take Chanders, he has adapted a technique that works for him, yes occasionally he gets out LBW but he took time to evaluate how he was failing in the past; Marlon needs to do the same after taking a break to overcome his cricket fatigue.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 19, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    it wasn't a bad days play from the black caps but the bowling and feilding got ragged late in the day, its like they expected the windies to just fall over instead of having to work for it. i can't figure out the tactic of bowling first when you have batted first all series with great success and when the opposition only goes in with two seamers and one of them is the less than life threatening sammy, how could you not bat first, their spinners would of been less effective on day one and two and you could of cashed in because they would of had to of bowled alot of overs with only two seamers, it just defies logic, no other captain in the world would of made this school boy era, this is the frustrating thing with mccullum, its great being unortidox but you still have to be smart and in my opinion that is flat out dumb decision making

  • delboy on December 19, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    This is cricket. When one player fails others should step up to the challenge. Well done Ramdin; I appreciate (as a bowler) that a batsman's name is written on each ball I bowl, so it is never as easy as most armchair critics assume. The team must learn to build confidence which translates into time at the wicket , bowling properly and fielding well. That then leads to positive results. When a team is winning the is less scope for individual scrutiny of both players and coach. A good confident start by young Brathwaite.

  • CodandChips on December 19, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Corey Anderson looks the real deal.

  • hokeypokey on December 19, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Geez, after all the talk lastweek after wellington, "southee could be the best in the world", "bolt could be the next hadlee, again had the west indies on the ropes ..anderson looks the goods, builds presure. West indies got themselves out,looks like a good batting wicket, dont no why nz elected to bowl first

  • SwingandSeam on December 19, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Well batted by Ramdin and Chanderpaul, but do not understand how the Windies can go into a match with just Best and Sammy as the their only pace bowlers. In a series which has favoured swing it would have made sense to include Cotterel or Gabriel, and not Narine who has a woeful average in Test cricket. The only saving grace here is that the Kiwis seem to have messed up by not opting to bat first.

  • 22many on December 19, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @Denny. Yep I have to agree...this wicket will turn slow but keep very very low. McCullum has gambled big time here...if he loses this then he has to step down. It was a no brainer to bat first and bat the WI out of the game. 400 runs here and WI are in this game big time.

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Yeah, talk nah VIV! :-) Well played Ramdin

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    So this might be Peter Fulton's last test as Jesse is back in ODI side after that he will be included in test squad vs India. Well batted Ramdin and Shiv and Anderson well bowled too, he is blossimg into the real allrounder NZ desperately needed to get team right back into action. But dont paly him too much and make another Oram of him.

  • VisBal on December 19, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Harsh Joshi: Marlon Samuels does not have the technique required to play Test cricket on seaming wickets. There is always a huge gap between bat and pad. Combined with this is the more recent trend of having the backlift come down from first slip than from the stumps. This only increases vulnerability to the moving ball (of course, most players do this nowadays because it allows them more freedom to play on the leg side). When your backlift comes from the stumps, you are automatically more compact and your front elbow will be high. Samuels and Darren Bravo both suffer from an exaggeratedly wide backlift that leaves them vulnerable early on. Contrast this with Chanderpaul: in spite of how his stance looks, his backlift follows from the stumps. In my opinion, he is a better number 3, but the West Indies need him to shepherd the tail.

  • VisBal on December 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Why was Edwards dropped to 3 today? He batted well last match in the opening slot. The Windies' real problem is the number 3 slot. They need to get a real number 3. Darren Bravo should drop to 4. And they need to field 4 full-time bowlers (not 3 and a part-timer) every Test. The only way that can be achieved is by dropping Sammy or the number 6 batsman for a full-time bowler. I would prefer to drop Sammy as he does not contribute much, either with the bat or ball; and he takes up a bowler's slot. At 6, I would prefer to play the back-up opener (instead of playing 3 openers up front) since the number 6 is generally expected to face the second new ball. By playing 3 openers up front, the captain is telegraphing his lack of confidence in all three of them.

  • on December 19, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Indian fan here .... people pointing fingers towards Samuels ...how can u guys forget his two test hundreds in England last year..He was best West Indies batsman in India last month...He single handedly won the T20 WC last year ...Ramnaresh Sarwan should be included in West Indies setup to take them forward..Ordinary Ottis Gibson who i guess has problems with Sarwan should be replaced by Phil Simmons as rightly said by drtrinileggie.

    Darren Sammy must be replaced by Rampaul in test squad immediately.

  • on December 19, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    give Braithwaite a break. he came straight from Barbados had to face the first ball when the other experienced batsman was not interested. Samuels is not seeing the ball. The team is weak.

  • on December 19, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Very interesting that posters after watching the days play conclude the problem is the keeper not making runs !!! Really what does 1-6 do ?

  • drtrinileggie on December 19, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    I am fed up with the Wi. they are pathetic.

    Selectors were mediocre cricketers as well as the current coach, as well as the captain.

    mediocrity reeks in their set up!!!!!!!!!!! Samuels NEEDS A DROP PERMANENTLY Gayle forget him bullies average bowlers but none with class. sammy should have never been in any test squad any point in his career he is lucky because the former pres was St Lucian.

    Ramdin is the best glove man in the caribbean none of the small islanders ever seen spin muchless keep to one ie narine. He is also a fine tactician and should be captain simmo and bharat were nt given a fair crack

    bravo, sarwan, chanders asad fudadin dwayne , roach rampaul, narine bishoo.

    and of course. new coach. phil simmons. Thats a good 11. better than the current filth along with goatis gibson.

  • on December 19, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    It's time for outside coaches, we really need help. Those in charge are not getting it done. David's my choice.

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    The worst combination of batsmen I've ever seen.

  • mshyder on December 19, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    It is a pity to see the former power house of pace bowling, field a team in New Zealand ( not in India or Pakistan) with 1 pacer (Best) one military medium (Sammy) and 3 spinners (Narine, Permaul, Deonarine). Is it because of lack of options or because of incorrect selection.

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    If there aren't wholesale changes in this team in 2014 the WICB is stubborn. The thing is there aren't much better replacements. It's like replacing boulders with huge rocks.

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    West Indies go into this match as the underdogs having escaped defeat in the 1st Test match because of rain and then were totally outplayed in the next Test match which they lost by an innings within three days. However, such is the game of cricket that the underdogs sometimes end up victorious. This is a battle of two weak teams - one looking to win the three-match series 2-nil, while the other is looking to draw the series 1-1. In their previous 4 Test match West Indies have lost three within 3 days on each occasion, while New Zealand have only one Test win (against West Indies) this year. Will the match last for five days?

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    West Indies will win this Test match. Getting a score of 400 plus will be a great advantage.McCullum made a huge mistake asking the Windies to bat first. Narine and Premaul will enjoy bowling to New Zealand in this SLOW wicket. Go Windies Go

  • on December 18, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Braithwaite is going well..

  • on December 18, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    It's a road why didn't he bat.!!!

  • on December 18, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    OK let us all see how they would play in this match.

  • alesana85 on December 18, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Disappointed NZ chose to bowl, could've batted the West Indies out of the series. Maybe it's too orthodox for McCullum. Does any test side like chasing totals on the fifth day or just NZ? For whatever reason whenever we win the toss we always tend to favor bowling first.

  • on December 18, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It is obvious that west indies management don't want to give sheldon cotrell a bowl. tino best was disgustingly poor for the past 4 test match and still bowling, kirk edwards batted well and is drop powell should be dropped. ram din should be given a rest and the other keeper brought in r sammy rested for cotrell. i can tell west indies gona have problem taking 20 wickets. senseless analysis messing up west indies cricket.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 18, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    No Gayle, no Bravo, no Simmons, no Roach, no Shillingford, no Rampaul, no Cummins/Johnson = no chance.

  • on December 18, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Why did they Cottrell to New Zealand?

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  • on December 18, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Why did they Cottrell to New Zealand?

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 18, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    No Gayle, no Bravo, no Simmons, no Roach, no Shillingford, no Rampaul, no Cummins/Johnson = no chance.

  • on December 18, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It is obvious that west indies management don't want to give sheldon cotrell a bowl. tino best was disgustingly poor for the past 4 test match and still bowling, kirk edwards batted well and is drop powell should be dropped. ram din should be given a rest and the other keeper brought in r sammy rested for cotrell. i can tell west indies gona have problem taking 20 wickets. senseless analysis messing up west indies cricket.

  • alesana85 on December 18, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Disappointed NZ chose to bowl, could've batted the West Indies out of the series. Maybe it's too orthodox for McCullum. Does any test side like chasing totals on the fifth day or just NZ? For whatever reason whenever we win the toss we always tend to favor bowling first.

  • on December 18, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    OK let us all see how they would play in this match.

  • on December 18, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    It's a road why didn't he bat.!!!

  • on December 18, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Braithwaite is going well..

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    West Indies will win this Test match. Getting a score of 400 plus will be a great advantage.McCullum made a huge mistake asking the Windies to bat first. Narine and Premaul will enjoy bowling to New Zealand in this SLOW wicket. Go Windies Go

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    West Indies go into this match as the underdogs having escaped defeat in the 1st Test match because of rain and then were totally outplayed in the next Test match which they lost by an innings within three days. However, such is the game of cricket that the underdogs sometimes end up victorious. This is a battle of two weak teams - one looking to win the three-match series 2-nil, while the other is looking to draw the series 1-1. In their previous 4 Test match West Indies have lost three within 3 days on each occasion, while New Zealand have only one Test win (against West Indies) this year. Will the match last for five days?

  • on December 19, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    If there aren't wholesale changes in this team in 2014 the WICB is stubborn. The thing is there aren't much better replacements. It's like replacing boulders with huge rocks.