New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 4th day

New Zealand ease to series victory

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

December 22, 2013

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New Zealand 349 (Taylor 131, Williamson 58, Narine 6-91) and 124 for 2 (Williamson 56) beat West Indies 367 (Chanderpaul 122*, Ramdin 107, Southee 4-79) and 103 (Boult 4-23, Southee 3-12) by eight wickets
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Kane Williamson works one away to the off side, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 4th day, December 22, 2013
Kane Williamson played confidently in New Zealand's chase © Getty Images
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New Zealand suffered few alarms as they eased to an eight-wicket victory in Hamilton to claim the series 2-0. It was their first series victory over a top-eight nation since they beat the same opposition in 2006. Kane Williamson provided the main contribution, with an elegant 56, while Hamish Rutherford was unbeaten on 48, having been required to fight a little harder.

The winning runs came at 1.45pm when Rutherford drove Narsingh Deonarine through the covers, meaning Ross Taylor could not quite score enough in the second innings to become New Zealand's leading scorer in a calendar year after Williamson had been bowled with six runs required.

The only chance West Indies had of conjuring something remarkable after yesterday's post-tea demise, where they lost 10 wickets in a session, was to grab a couple of quick breakthroughs to create some nerves in the home camp. However, Rutherford and Peter Fulton saw through the initial stages, and although Fulton chipped a return catch back to Darren Sammy - the West Indies captain's fourth sharp take of the match - the visitors could not strike in quick succession.

Narine probed away throughout the entire first session, making life tough for Rutherford who was stuck at the offspinner's end for the eighth to the 26th over. Rutherford was given out, caught behind, on 24, but the DRS showed that he had hit the ground rather than the ball. Although rarely convincing, he did collect a couple of boundaries off Narine when the bowler dropped his line short.

Williamson was more free-flowing after taking 15 deliveries to open his account. He greeted Veerasammy Permaul's first over with two classy drives, exhibiting swift footwork and confidence against the more orthodox spin of the left-armer.

A third lofted boundary by Williamson brought the end to Permaul's brief spell, and Tino Best, who has been one of the major disappointments of the series, was given a run with little impact.

After lunch, Williamson skipped to his fifty from 74 balls, his second of the match, but could not quite see the chase to its conclusion when he aimed a pull at a ball from Permaul which skidded through. The job, though, was soon completed and New Zealand were able to celebrate a convincing start to their international season. For West Indies, their Test cricket does not hold much cause for satisfaction.

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Posted by Rally_Windies on (December 25, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

all this hate for Deonarine .. the guy remains WI's 2nd best Test Bowler after Roach ..... He averages 28 with the ball, better than James Anderson, Bresnan, Fidel Edwards...

Deonarine is a perfect # 6 or #7...

I am not sure Deonarine should play is you pick 2 spinners .... But he is definitely a better spinner than Shilingford and Permaul to support Narine or Miller ...

Deonarine MUST play, as your 5th bowler if Sammy is the Captain ......

your only hope to drop Deonarine is to also drop Sammy, pick a spinner and 3 quicks (like SA , OZ and Eng do) ...

2 quicks Sammy + a spinner will not do ... Deonarine balances that equation ..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Ramdin as captain you are aware random averages 28. Mccullum takes stick all the time and his is 36.

Posted by wirus on (December 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

I am yet to hear anyone say that this series result is a surprise. Yet WI selectors chose this mentally broken team to go from India to NZ. Would any other test playing nation have done that? No! They have had a captain who is not good enough to get into even this sub-standard WI team as batsman or bowler and hid this fact by calling him an "all-rounder". With all due respect to this decent, committed and determined man (Sammy) he should have been moved on to ODIs and T20 only. Now his time as captain will be sullied by failure and humiliating defeat. Would any other test nation have done that? No! It was obvious that Gayle (thankfully not present) and Samuels were out of form but they were chosen anyhow instead of going back to at least one experienced players if only for this NZ tour, e.g. Sarwan and one promising player, e.g. Fudadin (potentially the next Chanderpaul). Would any other..o.k. you get the point.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Well played NZ . It s time to beat India now

Posted by nzcricket174 on (December 22, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

okay I have to take my word back what I said on crowds. nobody wants to come because who wants to see west indies play? no gayle, bravo, pollard, rampaul, sarwan, taylor, why bother?

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

How disgraceful! The manner in which we lost is terrible. Some changes have to be made quickly, starting with the selectors. Reviewing the cricket backgrounds of these men, it can be seen that they have not performed creditably at the international level for any extended period but are entrusted as members of the selection panel. Secondly, we have a coach that played TWO TEST MATCHES and averaged 91.66 runs per wicket. To get the best results from every department of the game we need the following people: Viv Richards, Courney Walsh and Desmond Haynes for the selection panel and Gus Logie, Brian Lara and Curtly Ambrose as the coaches. We can add Ian Bishop in the management team.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Yes indeed the selectors Sammy, Best, Deonarine, Gabriel. must go. Deonarine no century after nearly 20 tests while Pujara has 6 in 18 tests, Ramdin did well and he should now be appointed as captain , Lets see 3 different squads for the 3 formats of the game. Ramdin as captain for the test team , Bravo the captain for the 50 overs and T20, and lets give players like Leon Johnson, Fudadin, Beaton, Cummings etc

Posted by Captainman on (December 22, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

When it comes to crowd, this series is the worst in my opinion. West Indies have simply been disappointing and seem disinterested in tests.

Posted by nicevans on (December 22, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

@ simdon Williamson is arguably our best batsman technique wise, and will probably surpass Taylor at a later stage, so thats another player to add to your simplistic list. Btw anyone who looks at averages / cricket stats as the definitive measure of a players natural talent probably doesnt know much about cricket

Posted by calcu on (December 22, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

After a wait of 8 years, finally we have won a test series against a top 8 side. This win would do many goods for NZ.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Once NZ get Jesse Ryder & Ben Stokes to play for them, they will be even stronger.

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

he must be saved for t20 world cup. bad and desperate move PCB.

Posted by Lets_Bash_Indians on (December 22, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

NZ played well,,, & now the real test is coming next month. they need to play some Solid cricket to win against india

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

West Indies need to play against some teams of their level right now, like Canada, Bermuda and Papua New Guinea. I'm sure that even Scotland and certainly Ireland would thrash them right now.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (December 22, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

too easy really for a team ranked two places ahead of us but we'll take it after a long drought. as dominant as we have been there are some big chinks in our armour though but the men to cover those bases are guptill, latham, ryder, neesham and milne, they can't all fit in the playing xi, guptill and latham vying for an openers spot, ryder for a middle order spot and neesham and milne putting heat on wagner for the third seamers role, its as healthy as i've seen the team in about a decade, one change i might make if he is fit is vettori in for sohdi just against the indians who play spin in their sleep, the more experienced vettori might be able to keep them in check, once the indians are gone i would go straight back to sohdi, after the fight the indians are showing in south africa we can't afford chinks in the armour.

Posted by SimDon on (December 22, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

NZ did very well but do not get deluded. With the probable exception of Ross Taylor and Trent Boult (if he continues in the vein of form) the rest of the team are devoid of natural talent. Excellent attitude, application and fighting spirit but talent - no. Look at the appalling averages. NZ were much better than an exceedingly poor performing WI team.

Posted by MeijiMura on (December 22, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

NZ should have won the series 3-0. Simply put, the West Indies aren't up to it. They had a stronger squad in for the Indian series and were just as woeful there as they were in NZ. This was New Zealand's first series win for six years. I wouldn't be getting carried away. A formidable Indian squad will provide a much sterner test of New Zealand's capabilities next year. If NZ win that series as well then I will agree that they are actually going places with their cricket, but until then a win against the West Indies proves nothing. I would expect Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan to all comfortably account for the West Indies the way they are playing their cricket these days. They just aren't up to it and what's worse they are in terminal decline.

Posted by Roysingh1972 on (December 22, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

Congrats to Kiwi's, they been playing good cricket, they played good against England also. I would like to say, West Indies should watch and learn from the Kiwi's. Then again, is seems like they can't ever learn. WI board has there fans all bored, frustrated, angry, fed up and all that can be said, has been spoken on here and every media that have cricket as a sport. As the Austrailian, who coach the WI said, they will never come back!!!!

Posted by pt_pt on (December 22, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Congrats NZ on the series win, this was no fluke. NZ have some very talented players and they are getting better and better. No matter who you play, you still need to take wickets and make runs toi win games, NZ did that and deserve the trophy. Also NZ need to continue to play 3 test match series.

Posted by VisBal on (December 22, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

(contd) That the Windies struggle with their bowling is obvious from the fact that they seem to be unable to take 20 wickets in a match consistently. They definitely need to bolster their bowling and the only way to do that is to bring in (i) more experience, (ii) more full-time bowlers. They can then eliminate the part-timers for regular batsmen.

My (generalised) team would be: Openers Chanderpaul Bravo Ramdin Nash or a third opener Sammy (since he is the captain) Four bowlers.

Posted by VisBal on (December 22, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

The Windies have two major problems: their openers are unable to see off the new ball and their bowlers are unable to take wickets, except for gifts by the opposition batsmen.More importantly, there is a lack of belief. This goes directly to the ineptitude of the team management (captain, coaches, support staff). Their role is to improve the confidence and unity of purpose in the team.

Batting: To be moderately successful, any team needs three of the top five to do well. Currently. it is up to one or two batsmen to carry the innings. Over the past two years, their opening partnership at 32 is in line with the general trend, but their best partnerships are for the fifth and sixth wickets, with the second and third wickets only averaging in the 20s. The problem with the line-up is pinpointed to numbers 3 and 4. (Incidentally, over this period, the partnership with the highest average is Chanderpaul-Ramdin.)

Posted by android_user on (December 22, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

and what a great series Ross Taylor had more than I can say for our captain Ross Taylor leads by example. .maybe we need to revisit the captaincy issue and some kay need a plate of humble pie and admit their mistakes

Posted by cricketcritic on (December 22, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Good result for NZ with encouraging signs in the middle order and new ball bowling. Must be tempered against the fact that the W.I. looked like possibly the worst test side to tour NZ since Bangladesh about 10 years ago. Still a few holes to plug though - opening bats unconvincing, Anderson batting one spot too high, McCullum's batting let them down (again) and change bowlers not convincing. Would like to see Latham and/or Raval given a chance to open the innings, Ryder replace McCullum, and Watling swap spots in the order with Anderson. Although I've been against it until now I'd like to Williamson captain the side with Taylor playing an active VC role.

Posted by Baxter_P on (December 22, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

Fantastic series performance by NZ (particularly Taylor, Boult and Southee). But no escaping the fact the West Indies were very, very poor and were there to be beaten 3-0 (which it would have been if not for a bit of rain in Dunedin). Forget the likes of Roach and Rampaul; their reputations are ballooning in their absence, but they are both very mediocre bowlers who wouldn't have altered the result very much. And Gayle, in all honesty, is not a team player and doesn't seem to care if his team wins or loses, and I'm not sure they need his attitude rubbing off on the squad. The Windies need a matchwinning batsman and a matchwinning bowler to materialise in 2014 (at test level, not T20). The more their test team suffers, the less likely a revival becomes.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 22, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Who's this Simdon character. You are miles upon miles behind your no talent nz side bud. That was embarrassing. Zimbabwe would have been far more competitive .

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (December 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

I think the West Indies team should just stop playing test cricket,it's just an embarrassment to all the Caribbean people..

Posted by wapuser on (December 22, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

No talent New Zealand side is an over the top comment.....anyone who follow cricket knows NZ going to be moving quickly up the ranks....as usual NZ plays as a team with plenty of guts but now we truelly do have talent...we had only to get our mental game under control.....the belief started with our last test with Aussie in Aussie beating them and also the English where we were all over them in NZ and a strong showing in England....we did poorly in Sth AFRICA we could not field a strong experienced team plus we had politics over the captaincy, upsetting cohesive uniformity of the team.....we have India on the way and I have $100 good Kiwi money (10th most traded currency in the world) that this summer we don't loose a TEST at home or At Bangladesh.....look West Indians are weak at the moment and missed key players BUT we absolutely SMASHED them and that's all we can ask for.....I have followed NZ ball by ball since 1980 and we got upto 3rd for Test nations....we will surpass in 5 yrs.

Posted by anton111 on (December 22, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

There should be massive changes if West Indian fortunes are to be turned around. Start by getting rid of the Selectors, followed by the coaches, (Gibson and Stuart Williams) and finally the specialist Captain who is really a part time batsman and part time bowler. Bring in new blood. Cummings, Holder, Miller, Carter, Evin Lewis and Pollard. Yes Pollard! Give him a chance at test level. He can't do any worse than these jokers. They said Narine is a limited over cricketer and look how he performed when given an opportunity.

Posted by gudolerhum on (December 22, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

Another dismal result from a very disappointing two tours. There has to be a major overhaul of the entire structure starting at Board level. The buck has to stop. The selectors must go. There has to be a complete review of who does and does not deserve to be in the squad. Free trips are over for Tino, Sammy, Samuels etc.

Posted by Morgsy on (December 22, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Great work by the kiwis. I can't recall the last time l saw such a complete and methodical team performance across an entire series. Boult, Taylor and Southee were the obvious stars, but the supporting cast played their roles roles supurbly. NZ havd had potential for awhile, but we are now starting to deliver.

The Windies on the other hand were a rabble. It's really sad to see how badly their cricket has deteriorated. Hopefully this is only a temporary blip. The world needs a great WI team!

Posted by TryHarder on (December 22, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

How the once mighty WI have FALLEN ! fallen so low, it's a shame.WICB WIPA are chiefly to blame. during the last 15 years those men were mainly concerned about themselves locked in a vicious power struggle. The performance on the field clearly reflect the poor quality of the leadership I know there other contributing factors such as insufficient funds ( that was always true), less opportunities to play in the English leagues. However, those pale in comparison to the messy non- leadership of the WICB and WIPA. It is high time for the leaders awake. The whole program - under 19 to senior team needs attention, mentally physically professionally skills wise.

Posted by SimDon on (December 22, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

Disappointment does not come close. I have followed WI for 30 years and thoughtthat a new dawn had finally come. Oh how wrong. This is a side with talent in spades but with poor application, attitude and a complete lack of fight. Sure they are without some players but to lose in this way to a pretty poor NZ side is embarrassing. If they need some inspiration look at NZ - no talent but plenty of work, desire, application and effort. If WI had these qualities plus their talent they would be world beaters again instead of the laughing stock of world cricket.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Great won. kiwi players performed good in this test series.

Posted by Mayfield on (December 22, 2013, 1:20 GMT)

Same old tired story from Sammy. Truth is this team needed a serious overhaul before and after the debacle in India. WI need players with the killer instinct and no one in this team has it. They have no dominant players. Viv could be dominant. Marshall, Holding, Roberts, Ambrose, etc. could be dominant. We have no dominat players in the team. WI will only return to respectability when they developed a cadre of young, agressive fast bowlers. I think they have some that could possibly fit the mold--Roach, Cummins, Delorn Johnson. One thing I noticed is that the batsmen are lacking in foot movement and that is leading to their dismissal. The team needs a batting coach, that is evident.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

For the last two years I have seen the talent building up in New Zealand cricket and my 12 year old is playing hard to make the future team. I have felt so confident that at the prelude to this summer season I put money down $100 good KIWI money that NZ will not loose a test this SUMMER ....bring on India.....they will see this emphatic series win and now be concerned.....it was a one sided affair....you may say the Windies are weak lately. Yes they have been so we needed to win in style....come on India come and enjoy some SWING bowling and a team full of stars....Ryder is back too!

Posted by Mekkayel on (December 22, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

This series loss will not be entirely Sammy's fault.most of The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels, Tino Best, Shannon Gabriel, Otis Gibson, Stuart Williams and the WICB and their politricks. However, it is Sammy's fault for stubbornly playing Tino Best who at his age and level of experience played poorly for 3 tests, and in India. Sheldon Cotrell was picked for the squad but was left out due to 1 poor performance, while best wad given 5 opportunities and Shannon 2. It could not have hurt Sammy to try him one more time and gave faith like he did in those two. Dwayne Bravo on the other hand will be licking his lips for his first series win as captain, he has the benefit of a much better seam attack but will greatly miss chanderpaul land sarwan the dynamic guyanese duo. We will lose this entire tour miserably while the administration kicks back and enjoys their position.

Posted by KiwiPom on (December 22, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

It's currently lunchtime and NZ still have the game to win. However I want to say how much I enjoyed the batting this morning. They went from clueless to top dogs in about 1 hour of sheer torture. Rutherford, who took all of Narine when he was at his freshest, learned he could leave balls pitched on the middle stump. Eventually Narine tired and NZ had his measure. 2-3 quick wickets this afternoon might however be interesting.

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