New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day December 21, 2013

WI blown away in a session for 103

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New Zealand 349 (Taylor 131, Williamson 58, Narine 6-91) and 6 for 0 need another 116 runs to beat West Indies 367 and 103 (Boult 4-23)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies had lost 16 wickets on the third day in Wellington to lose by an innings. If one thought their standards couldn't plummet any further, one was to be proved wrong on the third day in Hamilton. In far friendlier conditions for batting than Basin Reserve, their entire second innings lasted less than a session. It began after tea, and ended so swiftly that New Zealand had time left to face a couple of overs in their second small chase of the series.

It was supposed to be a test by spin for New Zealand, and Sunil Narine did as well he could, bowling 42.3 overs, 36 of them on the trot, to take 6 for 91. Ross Taylor batted through that examination to make his third hundred of the series and cut New Zealand's first-innings deficit to 18. Both feats, outstanding as they were, were consigned to the sidelines by the depressingly familiar drama that West Indies served up after tea.

Granted New Zealand's four-man pace attack, three of them left-armers, were relentless with their tight lines and fuller lengths. Granted there was a bit of cloud cover that afforded some swing. Granted New Zealand came back from their sloppy catching in the first innings with some outstanding grabs. But the pitch was still the same slow one on which the sides had scored 367 and 349.

After such scores, it was effectively a second-innings shootout. West Indies shot themselves in the foot instead. It was the same weakness again, an inability to tackle the inswing the left-armers were generating.

Their left-handers kept poking at deliveries leaving them, even Shivnarine Chanderpaul falling prey to the malaise, and New Zealand kept snapping up sharp catches in the slip cordon, the highlight being Kane Williamson's one-handed blinder at gully to send back Chanderpaul for 20 off Neil Wagner. The right-handers drove loosely at inswingers, they prodded at ones going straight across them, they even managed to get strangled down the leg side.

The longest anyone lasted was Marlon Samuels, who made 8 off 38 deliveries. The most runs anyone made was captain Darren Sammy, who struck six fours in a hopelessly frenetic 24 off 17 to nudge West Indies into three figures.

Like in Wellington, Trent Boult did most of the damage, removing the top three within nine overs on his way to 4 for 23. Wagner and Corey Anderson, a terrific second pair of seamers, kept up the pressure to prise out three more, and Boult returned to trap first-innings centurion Denesh Ramdin in front.

Having watched the left-armers take the first seven wickets, Tim Southee helped himself to the final three in one over with his outswingers, also reaching 100 Test victims in the process. West Indies had been blown away for 103 in 31.5 overs, 12 leg-byes helping them scrape past 100.

Before tea, Taylor finished with 28 more than 11 West Indies batsmen and the leg-byes put together to pilot New Zealand past 300. Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson gave it away in the morning, aggression causing their downfall, while Taylor ticked along solidly and calmly, at his own pace, never in doubt.

West Indies weren't able to exert pressure to the extent they had on the second evening, when their specialist spinners Narine and Veerasammy Permaul bowled in tandem. Instead, Darren Sammy gave himself a spell of nine overs at the start, bowling alongside Narine as West Indies worked with the old ball throughout the session. Whatever pressure Narine exerted wasn't maintained for long enough.

Taylor carried on from the second evening, unruffled by the odd delivery misbehaving or by what was happening at the other end. Even as Narine jagged the odd straighter one past the bat, Taylor handled the offbreaks superbly, playing late and softly. West Indies took the second new ball in the 99th over, immediately after lunch, and the change earned them the wickets of BJ Watling and Taylor, who departed after taking 20 runs off Sammy in the 105th over.

Wagner and Southee cut the deficit further but the tail could not survive too long against Narine, and he spun out the last three to go to 18 wickets from three Tests against New Zealand. The one over he bowled in the evening signalled that the target of 122 wouldn't be chased down easily.

West Indies had stopped New Zealand short of chasing 112 in Dunedin, but that was on the final day with assistance from rain. Narine is now their only hope, however slender, with two days left. For if you can't bat, you can at least hope.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 22, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    It is a shame that most of these comment, and indeed the entire article should focus on the misfortunes of the West Indies side. Give some praise to the Black Caps bowlers here. Back home in their own conditions this team is showing why they were selected. If you don't agree with me, that's fine... but India are up next. You'll have to agree after the Black Caps win that series too.

  • delboy on December 22, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @german1 think before you type. The WI boys just do not have the freedom that Swann has, he is at the mercy of a good pension and other benefits which his FAMILY will get on his retirement both from the game and the tax system of his country. He also has access to various TV pundit contracts and possibly the IPL leagues, public speaking fees, product endorsements and in fact he will still be playing county cricket for Notts. He makes a living while he sleeps. The WI boys do not have this luxury;mit would be good to actually explore how much they and the IPL players like Gayle, Pollard etc actually get to keep in comparison to what their respective islands take off them.

  • german1 on December 22, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Graeme Swan is by far a better player than most of the west Indian players and he know when to call it quits. Wish some of the these losers would do the same.

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    sammy gibson must go

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Blackholesun these abject displays have extended 13 or so years not 22 years, the Windies ceased to be world no 1s in 1995 but Walsh ,Ambrose ,Lara and Hooper kept them competitive till 2000. The talent is there they just for all their politics can't give worthy performances.their 2 best batsmen in Gayle and bravo but we're missing so was their best bowler roach,and for sure either sarwan,rampaul or bravo snr would truly play in their very best 11

  • on December 21, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Like all other international sports when the team is doing sooooo poor first man to go is the HEAD COACH. This man can't seem to correct ANYTHING with this team batting/fielding or bowling. I like Sammy but he too should go from the test team leave him in the 20/20 and ODI teams.. Forget about Ramdin as test captain we need to get a rebuilding going fast or windies will be doom. Top flight test cricket without the Windies will be a nightmare for us in the Caribbean! We need to look around the islands for raw talent it's there not just some flash in the pan players.

  • on December 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Did someone remark that Gayle was a Test cricketer? I strongly disagree - in fact like many of the other batsmen he displays significant technical deficiencies eg he doesn't use his feet. What happened to the elegance of WI batting? Like Dwayne Bravo he is an exciting T20 cricketer and will always be marketable in that format. Actually, some years ago, when he was captain, Gayle confessed to a reporter that he found T20 cricket more interesting. An urgent post-mortem is now necessary in the Caribbean, by all parties, into the future of WI criciket.

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    west indies have hit rock bottom many years ago now the team have join forces to dig a hole to go even further down ,

  • adkum on December 21, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties so we have to wait until the last ball is bowled. NZ has the upper hand of course. WI bowling has not convinced anyone that they can bowl out any team for 121. But let us wait. If NZ runs away with the victory that eluded them in the first test then WICB needs to wake up from its slumber. How could they field an unchanged side after the drubbing in India? The person who most needs to be removed is the captain. He is not a test batsman. Yes he top scored in this innings but slugging it out when the team needed some stability is not the way a captain should bat. He is not a front line bowler and is denying the side a good bowler. He bowls economically and gets the occasional wickets but that is not enough to keep him in the side. His strength is his passion and enthusiasm for the game. But still not enough in my book.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 21, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @ cricket_is_unpopular, your obcessed with crowd numbers, why? is it to prove your screen name is some sort of factual statement. test cricket interest has fallen in this country for years, the boxing day test was the big seller and they took that away, there are still alot of cricket fans though as odi and t20's sell out on a regular basis, and most of us watch the tests at home, so cricket is still popular and if the black caps can keep up these sort of performances against the likes of india then it will only become more popular, not too sure what point your always trying to make about crowd numbers, seems a silly point to continually raise.

  • on December 22, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    It is a shame that most of these comment, and indeed the entire article should focus on the misfortunes of the West Indies side. Give some praise to the Black Caps bowlers here. Back home in their own conditions this team is showing why they were selected. If you don't agree with me, that's fine... but India are up next. You'll have to agree after the Black Caps win that series too.

  • delboy on December 22, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @german1 think before you type. The WI boys just do not have the freedom that Swann has, he is at the mercy of a good pension and other benefits which his FAMILY will get on his retirement both from the game and the tax system of his country. He also has access to various TV pundit contracts and possibly the IPL leagues, public speaking fees, product endorsements and in fact he will still be playing county cricket for Notts. He makes a living while he sleeps. The WI boys do not have this luxury;mit would be good to actually explore how much they and the IPL players like Gayle, Pollard etc actually get to keep in comparison to what their respective islands take off them.

  • german1 on December 22, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Graeme Swan is by far a better player than most of the west Indian players and he know when to call it quits. Wish some of the these losers would do the same.

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    sammy gibson must go

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Blackholesun these abject displays have extended 13 or so years not 22 years, the Windies ceased to be world no 1s in 1995 but Walsh ,Ambrose ,Lara and Hooper kept them competitive till 2000. The talent is there they just for all their politics can't give worthy performances.their 2 best batsmen in Gayle and bravo but we're missing so was their best bowler roach,and for sure either sarwan,rampaul or bravo snr would truly play in their very best 11

  • on December 21, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Like all other international sports when the team is doing sooooo poor first man to go is the HEAD COACH. This man can't seem to correct ANYTHING with this team batting/fielding or bowling. I like Sammy but he too should go from the test team leave him in the 20/20 and ODI teams.. Forget about Ramdin as test captain we need to get a rebuilding going fast or windies will be doom. Top flight test cricket without the Windies will be a nightmare for us in the Caribbean! We need to look around the islands for raw talent it's there not just some flash in the pan players.

  • on December 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Did someone remark that Gayle was a Test cricketer? I strongly disagree - in fact like many of the other batsmen he displays significant technical deficiencies eg he doesn't use his feet. What happened to the elegance of WI batting? Like Dwayne Bravo he is an exciting T20 cricketer and will always be marketable in that format. Actually, some years ago, when he was captain, Gayle confessed to a reporter that he found T20 cricket more interesting. An urgent post-mortem is now necessary in the Caribbean, by all parties, into the future of WI criciket.

  • on December 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    west indies have hit rock bottom many years ago now the team have join forces to dig a hole to go even further down ,

  • adkum on December 21, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties so we have to wait until the last ball is bowled. NZ has the upper hand of course. WI bowling has not convinced anyone that they can bowl out any team for 121. But let us wait. If NZ runs away with the victory that eluded them in the first test then WICB needs to wake up from its slumber. How could they field an unchanged side after the drubbing in India? The person who most needs to be removed is the captain. He is not a test batsman. Yes he top scored in this innings but slugging it out when the team needed some stability is not the way a captain should bat. He is not a front line bowler and is denying the side a good bowler. He bowls economically and gets the occasional wickets but that is not enough to keep him in the side. His strength is his passion and enthusiasm for the game. But still not enough in my book.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 21, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @ cricket_is_unpopular, your obcessed with crowd numbers, why? is it to prove your screen name is some sort of factual statement. test cricket interest has fallen in this country for years, the boxing day test was the big seller and they took that away, there are still alot of cricket fans though as odi and t20's sell out on a regular basis, and most of us watch the tests at home, so cricket is still popular and if the black caps can keep up these sort of performances against the likes of india then it will only become more popular, not too sure what point your always trying to make about crowd numbers, seems a silly point to continually raise.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Attention WI board!!! Where did you all find coaches??? Who coach all your great players?? Like Holding, Walsh, Ambrose, Marshall, Loyed, Richards, Hooper, Kallicharan, Lara and the wonderful list. Maybe you all in the WI board, need to get people from India, Australia, South Africa and other places, TO control this board? It's like a ship with sailors who know nothing about sailing!!!!

  • delboy on December 21, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    All Gibson wanted was a Bajan opening pair. He has a Bajan opening bowler, wonder how comes he did not take the gloves from Ramdin and hand them to Edwards?

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Don't know much about WI. But when their A team came to India they were very competitive, the A team won one day series as well as a test match against a top India A team. I mean the talent is present. Selection of Shanon Gabriel, Cottarell ahead of Holder seems odd as well as Dwayne Bravo n Pollard should be playing tests. People with a big heart and a big fight in them should be in team, sorry to say Sammy doesn't have the fight or hunger to be in this team. Some thinking should be done about the leadership group of the current team.

  • on December 21, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Players should not be learning to play at international level. International Coaches are not supposed to be teaching players how to play but fine tuning their skills. Ther should have that foundation from youth. So blame Otis all you want.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 21, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    What if? The selectors of Windies were Lara, Clive Lloyd, Richards, Holding and you? Then we would have a much better team? Really, look at the team WI pick for the world 20/20. Brilliant work from the same selectors. Now the test team they been playing the last two test series, make them look like the three stoogest, and make Sammy and Gibson look like Abbot and Castillo. West Indies need to change there approach to the game of Cricket. There batting is bad (new batting coach please) there seam bowling bad ( new seam bowling coach please) there spin bowling wow, but there fielding bad ( new fielding coach please!

  • on December 21, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Yet another example of the fragility of WI batting. With the exception of Chanderpaul, the Bravo brothers and Gayle, the Windies do not have batsmen qualified to play at the Test level.

    I will not consider some of these chaps as good enough for my club team, they are that bad.

    It is really time for Samuels to be left out of the Test squad. He has no defence, no footwork and poor shot selections. He got out yesterday fishing, egregiously, at one that he should have clearly left alone. The rest of the top order are just as bad. The WI are a far cry from the glory days of the past, sadly.

    Perhaps it is time to bring back the classy Ramnaresh Sarwan. It is baffling why he is not on the team. Is it a fitness thing or politics?

    Changes are necessary!

    Alas the ICC should seriously consider excluding the West Indies from Test cricket until such time as they can field a competitive team.

  • Blackholesun on December 21, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Yet again a pathetic display by the West Indians! I am quite sure now that such things do not matter to them anymore. They have shown this type of display so many times in last 20-22 years that it is difficult to keep the count. I think WI should stop playing Test Cricket! Give chance to teams like Ireland or Keyna, they will put up a better display then the West Indians. There is no sense of responsibility in the WI camp. Irrational shots, inability to play spinners and now even pacers. How long are they going to take to rebuild the team again? Isn't 20-22 years sufficient time. There is no talent in the reserves.

    The mighty West Indians who used to give scare, run through the opposing team batting line up at will, do not have bowlers today who can take 20 wickets! What an irony! People blame T20 for their poor show in Test matches, but it is not really the case. T20 is around for 8-9 yrs, the team is struggling since early 90's. They only know where they wish to go from here !!

  • anton111 on December 21, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Does Stuart Williams deserve to keep his job as WI batting coach?

  • Puffin on December 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    It's always heartening to see a bowling attack come out and play with such intent, ably assisted by the fielders. The games not all about the batting (thankfully). But it's almost as worrying to see WI cricket seeming to go nowhere.

    There seems a definate and growing gap in quality between the top 3-4 teams and the rest, with small chance of anyone whos not Australia, England, SA and India consistently competing for the top. Having a decent bowling attack will help, but having vast resources will help more.

  • on December 21, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    guys I am asking a simple qn only....if your pace bowler doesn't know basic techniques (to bowl in right line and length) and if you batmen is struggling with technique..then what the coach is doing?

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 21, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Boult and Southee are probably better bowlers than are given credit;poor match selection by WI has meant a shortfall in seam bowling, and Taylor has been on a roll. But that does not explain 103 ao which is pathetic,regardless. Sammy must take some of the blame and really is not a good enough bowler.

  • chechong0114 on December 21, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Otis Gibson needs to tender his resignation ASAP and the WICB may want to consider hiring someone like maybe Ricky Ponting if he is willing to take the job and they can afford to pay him. Ponting is exactly what this WI team needs. He has all the qualities of a great captain especially for these young west indians. He is ruthless, obssessed with winning, very motivated and has a great record throughout his career. I mean just look at what Leeman has been able to acomplish with this Australian team he has lead from the front and has renewed the killer instinct in the current Australian team. He has bought back the spark andaggression in Australian cricket and thats what WI cricket needs. Thw WICB should also get rid of Stewart Williams as the batting coach I mean the man was never an outstanding batsman in his playing career by what merit did he qualify for the job?

  • Roysingh1972 on December 21, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Stop bashing SAMMY, he is doing a great job! 1st test in India he scored 0-1 and took 0 wicket for 52 runs, 2nd test in India he scored 16-8 and took 0 wicket for 41 runs. NZ 1st test he scored 0-0 and took 2 wicket for 79, the 2nd test he scored 27-80 and took 2 wicket for 92 the 3rd he scored 3-24 and took 2 for 69. He scored 159 runs in the last 10 innings and give away 323 runs for 6 wickets. Now that is world class captaincy!!! Go Sammy! Not forgetting the 24 runs was top score. :-)

  • delboy on December 21, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Anyone with an ounce of cricket knowledge can take a second glance at the WI second innings batting card and instantly see why the team performs the way they have been doing. There is a certain mental aspect to coaching and management of people who are expected to perform which is missing from the management. Why swap Edwards and Powell?? How was it communicated, certain actions have a negative impact on team spirit and instantly hand the upper hand to your opponent in the heat of a battle. If Powell was injured one would expect to see him at 6 or 7 but straight away the action of the coach or decision maker sends out the wrong message. Tell Powell this is your last chance to show you deserve to open the innings but do not wheel your authority like this at the expense of team-wide instability.

  • on December 21, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    We ar livng in a global economy, where jobs are outsourced to other countries, then why do not adapt this type of business model for cricket. Outsource players to different countries - following the same format as the IPL, Big Bash, etc, starting with Bang, Ire, W.I, Zim, etc. Players do not have loyaly and patriotism to countries anymore. Its the Money. Test cricket would become more competitive and the crowds would not be as sparce as we now see in NZ and W.I. It's time form reform at the test level.

  • on December 21, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    the saddest day in west indies cricket..

  • on December 21, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Pathetic.yes the two best batsmen and the best bowler are missing in Gayle and bravo jnr and roach but this is pathetic

  • DJRNZ on December 21, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    This West Indies team is actually one of the worst I have ever seen tour NZ. A real shame as they used to be a massive draw card with so many amazing past players. Glad NZ is going well but I do hope the Windies sort this mess out as they can be good to watch. Darren Sammy is Captain and look at the guys test stats - they are shocking. Can't read too much into this series as the West Indies have been a bit of a joke but the future for NZ is looking a little brighter. Got a massive question mark of McCullum though. He is a senior player and the ways that he gets himself out are an even bigger joke that this current Windies team - No application or patience. Look at Taylor, has showed some discipline by ditching the slog sweep and has the results. For me retain McCullum in T20 and ODI but tests he has to be dropped as he is not consistent enough.

  • on December 21, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Everyone is calling for Sammy to be axed as captain. Sammy is the player who made top score in the second innings - leading from the front. He is the only player who bagged a pair on the same day. Isn't that credentials enough that warrants this man's place on the team?

  • Roysingh1972 on December 21, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    West Indies cricket, and what does test means? To play the same team again, after losing by an inning, in the first against India, then again in the second test in India, then going unchanged to New Zealand, same 11. Rain save WI first test in New Zealand, and same 11 again, Narime was only added after enormous questions by the media and fans, and still could not make the 11 until the last test. Sammy, Gibson, and See-lack-tors! The board of WI, you are wasting people precious time.

  • on December 21, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    my question is what is sammy doing on the team? The more he plays, the more holding words come to bare. He is no test player. He is a utility player - stop gap measure. He is more of a cheer leader leader. The same with Tino Best. Experience has not taught him anything.

  • on December 21, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    bolt awwsome balling

  • Captainman on December 21, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    The crowd in this entire test series in NZ has simply been disappointing.

  • on December 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    what can I say ? Maybe just maybe ,we shuld look at revamping the entire team , management. coach , selectors et al and start fresh in 2014 . But then again thats only wishful thinking .

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    I'm totally shocked and gravely disappointed at this inept performance by West Indies.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @ bishop what your pt with Narine . Given the quality of wi pace he should have played with shilling ford in the first 2 test . Guess if your batting fails the bowlers are not good because there no pressure on the opponent.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Agree w/ previous poster and suggest we start with selectors who are looking for " test players" i remember chanderpaul was " fast tracked into team " etc when looking at performers selectors need to look at against whom and their performances. eg Bharat Instead of Powell .simmons or carter instead of deonarine . Rampaul or Russell instead of Tino .

  • Twinkie on December 21, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    What I'd like to know is what we are doing about this untenable situation. We cannot go on like this. I've been a supporter for forty years and I'm fast losing the hope of ever having a decent team again. Forty years ago we had guys who made a great amount of runs for a small amount of money. Now we have guys who make a small amount of runs for a great amount of money. What I'd like to know is what the runs to dollars ratio is for each of these batsman (Chanderpaul excepted).

  • SNIFFLEATHER on December 21, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    People shouldn't be surprised, after all, West Indies lack the depth of years gone by, so fielding a side without Gayle, Bravo, Roach, Rampaul and Shillingford was always going to be lambs to the slaughter. Are there issues with the coaching? Certainly, as there are also issues with technique against the moving ball, captaincy and make up of the side, but you can't expect almost half the side - including the only genuine quality fast bowlers with any experience, to be missing and the team to perform well - in the past, yes. But those days were a long time ago.

  • alesana85 on December 21, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @ hokey pokey, yep according to his run scoring ability & his success as captain you're absolutely right. It's ironic that his first test win as captain and maybe, hopefully first test series win as captain came off Ross Taylors bat.

  • rayinto on December 21, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Any other sport and the coach would be sacked by now - but not Gibson - he set for life it seems.

  • rayinto on December 21, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    The saddest part was seeing Chanderpaul go because I have to wait for another test series to see him again and he is the only one worth watching. The selectors won't let him play one dayers any more even though he would out bat everyone else. Being a West Indian fan these days is like experiencing hell on earth

  • on December 21, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    And now I hope we understand why the BCCI shoehorned a small series against the WI at home and thought nothing of the resulting terrible itinerary for India's test cum ODI series.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    West Indies test cricket! It's like Egypt, historical. Think again, you think they will ever be in the top 5? I would like to read the posting on here when Ireland become a test playing Nation. The result will be the same, WI lost by an innings and 73 runs. If test had 3 innings, they would lost by 2 innings and 72 runs. I am sure New Zealand (b) team would beat West Indies test team, and they would still play the same 11 players, Sammy (capt)

  • NAP73 on December 21, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    As I've said before, WI needs to be relegated to the Associates league. They are just a side to play in order to improve upon one's averages.

  • on December 21, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    One way to get around the so consistent poor batting. Get West Indies residency for some of the indian good batters who are finding selection in the indian team. tough. Gautti included.

  • drice on December 21, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    @vineeeth. Rampaul not fit,(injured) and Fidel Edwards not bowling well last I saw.

  • Bishop on December 21, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    In defence of the Windies selectors, Narine seems to be only magical against NZ. In his other tests (against Eng and BD) he has taken only 4 wickets at well over 100 apiece. His domestic record is better, but by no means spectacular. NZ either bring out the best in him, or just make him look better than he is. Looking at his overall record I can quite see why he wasn't an automatic inclusion.

  • WILAD on December 21, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Vineeth Varghese can tell when someone doesn't keep up with cricket. Edwards is injured as well as Roach and Rampaul was not fit enough to play 5 days. Narine could not get in because shillingford was bowling well. Maybe he should have been second spinner yes. And It's the captain and the Coach who chooses the playing 11.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 21, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    WI is the greatest team in the world! Come 2014, they will be rank under Ireland! Congrats to WI board and there greatest 11 players in test, OH, not forgetting there 3 world class See-lack-tors. They are genius in cricket knowledge.

  • hokeypokey on December 21, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Well played nz..@alesana85..totally agree, he is a easy target.cause he plays only one game in any situation, and today you could see his demise brewing..nz have talent waiting and to hear a selector speak "thats the way he plays"..sounds like we are the first country in the world to select a specialist test captain... Isnt the bowling unit looking solid, welldone boys!

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Ummm Terry Wise? Southee also got a 5 for against England on his test debut. Just saying.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Woah WI blown by kiwi quicks.. Nz have got a world class bowling unit.. Golden period for Nz#

  • chechong0114 on December 21, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Watching the West Indies team play cricket one gets the feeling like they are playing to lose. Its like they are finding ways to lose and no matter how good a position they are in it does not matter they will lose anyway. After losing their key spinner in Shane Shillingford and having Sunil Narine come in and take six wickets and reduce the hosts to under 400 runs for the first time in the series u would think going into the second innings with a slim lead they would capitalise on all thier first innings positive. But what has become the norm for west indies cricket yet again another second innings collapse. Its like reading a bad script over and over again with no end in sight. But i guess its where we are as a test playing nation and by the looks of things its where we may remain. Oh woeful windies.

  • Lermy on December 21, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Everyones assuming NZ will score these runs easily, ha ha. Lets just see what happens tomorrow.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    There need to be huge change in WI set up..otherwise I have no hope for them..it should start with sacking up the coach and selectors and bring in somebody like clive loyd. Gibson is such a waste...I remember there was a post in FB like "so much of talking ony a coach can do" ..I haven't seen any other coach blaming his players and trying to elude from his fault....WI batsmen were continuously failing...I WOUDN'T SAY they are talentless...I would say there is no body to support..Gibson is mainly a boaling coach and the pity is that bowlers doen't know where to pitch the ball eveen...I realloy don't know what he is doing other than making excuses

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Southee 100 wickets? Wooow I remember being at his debut in Napier. A debut more noted for his batting than bowling though. Congrats Tim.

  • alesana85 on December 21, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    @hokeypokey I heard the same quote about McCullum....he's such an easy target for his haters. People should let McCullum defend himself by scoring runs &/or winning test matches through his leadership.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @Fernsby If selectors were good then why don't they choose a better bowler....They could have chosen atleast Ravi rampaul...edwards... thaye all have swing and for sure better than Tino best (I dont understand why he is in the team..he is not international stuff)...Why they didn't choose narine before..why they didn't choose narinne for india when they know Indian tracks are spin friendly(cud have gone with narine and shilli together)....If you analyze WI selectors..u can find that they go with spinners on a seamer friendly track and go with seamers on spin friendly...WICB ,westindies selectors and coach otis gibson are a bunch of jokers....They have individual matcch winners stilldont know how to win.....All politics in WICB..seriosly somebody like clive loyd or lara come to addministration otherwise WI has got no future

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Wow! Proud of my NZ team. We will keep it up against India too.

  • WILAD on December 21, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Selectors Jobs are not easy as people make it seem. Stats aren't everything. Devo Smith and Brathwaite destroy Domestic cricket yet looks out of debt at international level. So who better there to pick? Only three batsmen averaged higher than 40 in domestic cricket. Is not Kohlis and Pujaras waiting in the wings.

  • WILAD on December 21, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST stop making excuses for players. Cotterel looked worse than Tino Best. Even if a pitch is not bowler friendly atleast put the ball in the same area twice. Always blaming WICB when the players don't do anything. Edwards and Brathwaite. Top five in Domestic runs in the team fail. Samuels big batsman fail. Chanders make one big score. Permaul top five in wickets takers in domestic cricket, not looking dangerous. All top performers not producing.

  • on December 21, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Where the hell was Darren Bravo???

  • on December 21, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Hahahahahajajahahahahahahaha. The lot of them couldn't get of quicker. Zimbabwe would have showmen more courage. That's so so poor sorry windies.

  • alesana85 on December 21, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Taylor is the man! Why wasn't Narine playing earlier in the tour? Who selects the West Indian first eleven? I'm angry he wasn't selected to play in Wellington, missed the opportunity to see him play live. Watching his battle with Taylor in this test is just fascinating.

  • on December 21, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    I couldnt fathom why Narine wasnt selected earlier given the problem us Kiwis have had against him. Great work by Ross Taylor in getting yet another century. May this be the start of a golden period for him and NZ Cricket. Finally having a decent set of strike bowlers to complement a strong batting line up and having very good players still trying to get back in to the starting 11

  • on December 21, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    well done ross taylor

  • on December 21, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    what a shame, the west indies is playing with half a team, samuels , sammy, best, braithwaithe, edwards should all be sent home to pick coconuts and catch some flying fish

  • xtrafalgarx on December 21, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    WI is the worst cricket team in the world at the moment.

  • bumsteer on December 21, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    How much more mystifying that narine is not a permanent fixture in the WI test side despite the type of wicket. what do selectors look for?....obedience? loyalty? deference?

  • bbpp on December 21, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Wow Narine got 6! Imagine if he was as good a test bowler (as per the selectors and coach) as Best, Sammy, Edwards etc....he may have gotten 25 in a test match. Clearly these WI selectors are geniuses.

    The only question I have is what does a failure at test level look for in a prospective test player? It has to be someone the complete opposite of himself and that must be very confusing ala Butts, Browne, Gibson, R Haynes. It is a pity the WI doesn't have players named Viv, Sobers, Lara, Holding, Garner, Greenidge, Kalli, Kanhai, Roberts, Ambrose, Walsh, Weekes, Gibbs, Murray, Dujon, Gomes, Croft, Haynes, LLoyd, Richie etc to help select talent.

  • on December 21, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    good fightback by windies. narain is going to very difficult in the fourth inngs.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 21, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Cotrell should have been given a shot out here too, what are the people in charge doing ? they gave a young pacer a debut at of all places Kolkata, one of hardest placers to play as pace bowler v the best batting attack in the world and then say that's it for you even Sammy opening is a better option apparently . . . how is this kids confidence going to be now or in future ? the man management and tactics are rotten at every level.

  • hokeypokey on December 21, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Well played taylor, its surely time for someone else to step up with runs..also heard the selector on the radio today making excuses for the captain, "thats the way mccullum plays", well other players can play smater...time to select them.

  • on December 21, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    not even in Bangladesh team Tino best would have played 25 test matches...no swing..no tactics..such a waste

  • xtrafalgarx on December 21, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Well, when a 123kph is a first change bowler, an self respecting batsmen should be able to do it.

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    aweaome batting taylor

  • Captainman on December 21, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Even on a Saturday, New Zealand cannot attract much crowd.

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    since this is Narine's first test in a long time Sammy should not let him bowl so many consecutive overs. his workload needs to be managed in order that he can build up the endurance necessary for the five day game.l

  • wakemeupbeforeyougogo on December 20, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Taylor in magnificent form, keep it up Rosco.

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  • wakemeupbeforeyougogo on December 20, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Taylor in magnificent form, keep it up Rosco.

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    since this is Narine's first test in a long time Sammy should not let him bowl so many consecutive overs. his workload needs to be managed in order that he can build up the endurance necessary for the five day game.l

  • Captainman on December 21, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Even on a Saturday, New Zealand cannot attract much crowd.

  • on December 21, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    aweaome batting taylor

  • xtrafalgarx on December 21, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Well, when a 123kph is a first change bowler, an self respecting batsmen should be able to do it.

  • on December 21, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    not even in Bangladesh team Tino best would have played 25 test matches...no swing..no tactics..such a waste

  • hokeypokey on December 21, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Well played taylor, its surely time for someone else to step up with runs..also heard the selector on the radio today making excuses for the captain, "thats the way mccullum plays", well other players can play smater...time to select them.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 21, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Cotrell should have been given a shot out here too, what are the people in charge doing ? they gave a young pacer a debut at of all places Kolkata, one of hardest placers to play as pace bowler v the best batting attack in the world and then say that's it for you even Sammy opening is a better option apparently . . . how is this kids confidence going to be now or in future ? the man management and tactics are rotten at every level.

  • on December 21, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    good fightback by windies. narain is going to very difficult in the fourth inngs.

  • bbpp on December 21, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Wow Narine got 6! Imagine if he was as good a test bowler (as per the selectors and coach) as Best, Sammy, Edwards etc....he may have gotten 25 in a test match. Clearly these WI selectors are geniuses.

    The only question I have is what does a failure at test level look for in a prospective test player? It has to be someone the complete opposite of himself and that must be very confusing ala Butts, Browne, Gibson, R Haynes. It is a pity the WI doesn't have players named Viv, Sobers, Lara, Holding, Garner, Greenidge, Kalli, Kanhai, Roberts, Ambrose, Walsh, Weekes, Gibbs, Murray, Dujon, Gomes, Croft, Haynes, LLoyd, Richie etc to help select talent.