West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14

Taylor cashes in, Boult swings in

ESPNcricinfo takes a look back at how the New Zealand players performed during their series win over West Indies

Andrew McGlashan

December 23, 2013

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Ross Taylor celebrates a century in his own inimitable style, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day, December 21, 2013
Three in a row: Ross Taylor elevated himself up the list of leading New Zealand batsmen © Getty Images
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10

Ross Taylor

Is a player ever worth a full 10? It's hard to argue that Taylor isn't. Three hundreds in a variety of conditions and almost 500 runs. For a player who began the year considering his future after being sacked as captain it was a magnificent way to end 2013. Comparisons with his mentor Martin Crowe will continue and now they don't appear out of place, even if tougher attacks await him.

9

Trent Boult

Skillful, precise, menacing. There was barely a bad spell from Boult, save perhaps the opening day in Hamilton where he suffered a hangover from the career-best 10 for 80 in Wellington. Sure, he'll face stronger resistance from many batting line-ups, but the sharp late swing - and not just with the new ball - makes him a constant threat. This year has set up his career.

8

Tim Southee

Does not always get the rewards he deserves for high-class spells of swing bowling. Not express pace, but can sustain a decent clip and his stamina is far improved of a few years ago. His third-day spell in Wellington of 9-1-19-3 during the follow-on was his best of the series. Reached 100 wickets in Hamilton. A very sharp slip fielder, but his batting is more miss than hit.

7

Kane Williamson

Missed the first Test with a thumb injury, then looked a classy batsman in the matches he played. His back-foot strokes are outstanding - just needs to work on chasing deliveries outside off stump that he could leave alone. Bowling remains very useful and his catching can be breath-taking as witnessed by his grab in Hamilton to remove Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Brendon McCullum

Ended a three-year wait for a hundred in Dunedin but couldn't quite sustain his batting after that and continues to divide opinion in New Zealand cricket. However, he captained with verve and held his nerve about the follow-on in Wellington which proved fully justified. His attacking instincts are aided by a strong new-ball attack, but the runs will need to continue.


Corey Anderson is pumped up after dismissing Marlon Samuels, New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day, December 21, 2013
Corey Anderson continued to suggest he could be a long-term solution to the allrounder's role © Getty Images
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Corey Anderson

Has all the makings of a top-class allrounder. His batting is a touch unrefined at the moment, but does not look out of place at No. 6 even if Sunil Narine posed him problems. His poise at 44 for 4 in Dunedin bodes well for future rescue acts. Did more with the ball than was probably expected and his economy is an added bonus. Another safe catcher.

BJ Watling

Cemented as the Test wicketkeeper because of what he brings with the bat as much as the gloves. His innings in Wellington was another example of his ability with the lower order. No huge mistakes behind the stumps.

5

Hamish Rutherford

Started with a sparkling innings in Dunedin and ended unbeaten in the Hamilton chase, but careless dismissals undermined his series and he has yet to fulfill the promise shown by his debut 171 against England.

Ish Sodhi

Had a minor role in the final two Tests. It would have been fascinating to see how he'd handled the pressure if the seamers hadn't dismantled West Indies in the second innings in Hamilton. Dunedin showed much promise, as well as reminders of how raw he is. Will New Zealand hold their nerve with him when India arrive? Batting helps bolster the lower order. Fielding needs work.

Neil Wagner

You can't deny the effort, but an average of over 45 will test the faith of the selectors against stronger batting teams. However, he does extract wickets during flat periods of play and got better as the series went on.

3

Peter Fulton

After his twin hundreds at Eden Park in March, Fulton is starting to tread water again at Test level. Like Rutherford, Fulton made one half century. Still very vulnerable to the moving and struggles to rotate strike against spin. The domestic form of players such as Tom Latham will be making him nervous.

Aaron Redmond

Followed the Fulton route with a belated recall to cover for Williamson, but it may have been a brief return. Technically he remains next in line if an injury occurs.

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Posted by youfoundme on (December 25, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

@ SameOld - How about you look back to when Graeme Smith was handed the captaincy of both South African units. At 22 years of age, not even a dozen test matches under his belt and no support what-so-ever, he took control of a side that had maybe two or three well-seasoned players. The rest of the squad being mid-20's, looking to cement their place in the side.

Jesse Ryder is in a good head space, and this talk of disruption to the team is bull. It's simply one of many explanations as to why we have been a failure, when really it's down to one thing. We aren't good enough, and we won't be until we replace certain members of our squad who can't perform on a regular basis. I don't like the idea of handing the captaincy to Ross Taylor, and at this point in time I don't think it's fair to drop anyone or change leaderships because the team just won a bloody series.

But if results are few and far between, something has to give.

Posted by SameOld on (December 24, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Great idea guys, let's drop our two oldest and most experienced players (McCullum & Fulton) and replace them with a kid (Latham) and a guy with a long history of disrupting the team environment (Ryder). This should pile up heaps of pressure on Rosscoe, who will become the senior squad member at the ripe old age of 29. Brilliant. And who, incidentally, will captain this side of full of 24 year olds? Williamson? Southee? How about BJ Watling, he has absolutely no experience as a captain! Perfect!

Never mind that Fulton has two centuries this year against what was at the time arguably the best attack in the world, or that Baz has this year captained a very young, raw side to series draws and now a victory, and just scored a century ONE TEST BACK.

Honestly, you guys should have a direct line to NZC. Your brilliant (and oh so original) analysis will no doubt prove priceless!

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

mccullum 7 really, how many times was he 'got out'?? any at all or all caught in the outfield he really is a disappointment in the test side. I was for the captaincy change because of his perceived dynaism and the fact that Taylor was dropping catches regularly due to thinking too much but now I think McCullum is indeed a passenger I would drop Fulton but only for someone who will attempt to occupy the crease as his first priority such as a papps who deserves another go or perhaps latham if he goes out there knowing what his job is Definitely drop Rutherford, he's just way way too loose to be an opener. Agree or disagree with my assertions I think the picture will be much clearer after this Indian tour, hopefully the unbeaten at home streak of 7 tests will survive the current weak links in the team Ive outlined here

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Michael Dickson you and many people in the news columns are saying McCullum should be dropped. Problem is he is the captain that Hessan selected. He wont be dropped. Ryder will come in for Fulton for the tests. He likes opening more than No.3. Cant wait to see an opening combo of Guptil and Ryder.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

McCullum surely deserves less than a 7, his batting bar one innings was careless and unimpressive. He continues to play as a specialist captain, and failing, having previously played as just a specialist batsman and failing. Ryder should demand his place and Latham should demand Fulton's place so that we can really move as far forward as we deserve to. With both Guptil and Ryder returning for the ODI's, we should prove a handful as we have so far.

Posted by youfoundme on (December 23, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

I'd probably drop McCullum down to 5 and Rutherford down to 4, otherwise a fair review.

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