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ESPNcricinfo looks back at which West Indies players emerged with any credit from the 2-0 drubbing by New Zealand and who are facing an uncertain future
December 23, 2013
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Players/Officials: Darren Bravo | Sunil Narine | Shivnarine Chanderpaul | Denesh Ramdin | Kirk Edwards | Darren Sammy | Veerasammy Permaul | Kraigg Brathwaite | Narsingh Deonarine | Shane Shillingford | Kieran Powell | Marlon Samuels | Tino Best | Shannon Gabriel
Series/Tournaments: West Indies tour of New Zealand
Teams: West Indies
His nine-hour double hundred was the high point of the series for West Indies and should provide a model for all young West Indies batsmen. He does not appear overly burdened by the Lara comparisons, if anything he embraces them. Although he failed twice in the second Test, the future of the team's batting should be built around him.
West Indies wanted to play him from the start but were persuaded against it by green pitches. They'd have been better off ignoring the colour. He continued to have a hold over the New Zealand batsmen but could not find enough support to make it count. Can expect a run in the side now after Shane Shillingford's suspension.
He keeps on churning out the runs and his appetite is incredible given the collapses he often has to watch unfold. Now up to No. 6 in the all-time run-scoring list Chanderpaul rarely gets the acknowledgment of those around him. A valid debate to have about how he bats with the tail, but West Indies need him to hang around a while longer.
Is one of the senior figures in this side and played like it during his Hamilton hundred which improved further on an impressive 18 months with the bat. His other innings were less convincing, although he was the victim of a stunning catch by Trent Boult in Wellington. His keeping was safe, but some of the other glovework untidy, although that was lower down West Indies' list of problems.
Asked to open after Kraigg Brathwaite's delayed arrival he adapted determinedly with battling fifties in the first two Tests following an absence of 18 months from the Test team. Dropped a vital catch offered by Ross Taylor on nought in Wellington but emerged from the drubbing better placed than some.
Looked a broken man at the end of the series. His future in Test cricket must be in doubt, although other candidates for the captaincy do not jump out. Batted well in Dunedin, then bagged a pair in Wellington. His seam bowling was consistent but not a huge threat. Outstanding catcher.
A steady performance and provided more control than the pace bowlers, barring Sammy, had managed. Deserved more than his one wicket in the first innings. Could be a useful lower-order batsmen.
The signs were good in the first innings at Seddon Park, especially considering his lack of recent cricket. Showed sound judgement and a solid defence before fending to gully. The second innings was ugly with a hack across the line of a Boult inswinger.
Does not convince as a Test batsman despite a gusty fifty in Dunedin. Too vulnerable outside off stump. His offspin is handy, but shouldn't keep him in the team. Held a couple of impressive out-field catches.
Considering the cloud hanging over his action - which ultimately became a suspension - he performed commendably and gave New Zealand a scare in Dunedin. However, after being banned from bowling for a second time his career must now be in doubt.
Having been reasonably established at the start of the series, he ended as one of those whose place will be under threat. Often appeared settled at the crease but could not kick on. Had a tendency to play around full deliveries and also kept the slips interested.
The major disappointment of the series. Often appeared distracted at the crease and his footwork became non-existent as he was terrorised by the swinging ball. A world away from the player of 2012 when he averaged 65. West Indies can't afford to lose his talent. He should probably forget about the bowling.
He huffed and puffed. He screamed and shouted. But he did not provide Sammy with the consistency he needed from an experienced bowler. When he did find a full length, he caused problems but that was too rare an occurrence.
Awful in Dunedin, better in Wellington, dropped for Hamilton. There is raw material to work with - height and a decent action - but he needs a better leader than Best to set an example.
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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