New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown December 31, 2013

West Indies chase unassailable series lead

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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Big Picture

The washout at Napier has effectively consigned this to a four-match series. A win for West Indies will give them an unassailable 2-0 lead so the pressure increases on New Zealand to win the next three games to seal the series. New Zealand may not have made rapid strides as a Test side in 2013 but, as a one-day unit, surprised the likes of South Africa and England in their own backyard. They were comfortable in conditions replicating home, like the two previously stated countries, but fell woefully short in Bangladesh. After dominating the Tests against West Indies, they took their eye off the ball at Eden Park. Though their bowlers made West Indies huff and puff, their batsmen know they can't get complacent.

West Indies endured a woeful 2013 in comparison, having won only nine ODIs out of 24, losing 13. The jury's still out on the split-captaincy policy with Dwayne Bravo not delivering the results expected, even at home. Their opening bowlers finally hit their straps at Eden Park but the batsmen have continued to blow hot and cold. They are without Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo (who flew back home for personal reasons), which makes their job harder. It might also leave them depending more on their bowling attack to win them matches. Their batsmen will hope for more batting friendly conditions in Queenstown, preferably a pitch as flat as the airport runway at one end of the ground, to get some confidence back. A good start in probably the most picturesque holiday destination in the country is not a bad way to usher in the new year.

Form guide


New Zealand LLWLL(last five completed matches)
West Indies WLWLL

In the spotlight

It has been a modest start for Luke Ronchi in his second coming as an international cricketer, this time for New Zealand. He is yet to score a fifty and averages under 16 in 11 games. With Brendon McCullum not keeping wicket, Ronchi's main competitor in one-dayers is BJ Watling. Ronchi had a chance to play a rescue-effort type knock after New Zealand were wobbling at 57 for 5 at Eden Park but failed, falling for 7. Ronchi, however, isn't worrying yet about retaining his place in the World Cup squad next year. "I haven't played enough international cricket to think if I look a year in advance where I could be," Ronchi was quoted in New Zealand Herald. "I want to make the most of every opportunity and if I think too far ahead it's all going to go horrendously wrong."

Kieran Powell scored two half-centuries in the ODI series in India, but he hasn't carried his form into New Zealand. His Test series was nothing short of a disappointment, with a highest score of 36. Starting out as a Test opener, Gayle's absence has given him an opportunity in the shorter formats too. He failed in Auckland, scoring 4. The next three games will be a chance for Powell to make a bid to retain his place even when West Indies return to a full strength line-up.

Team news

Tim Southee is back in the squad after recovering from a toe surgery, and though the coach Mike Hesson initially marked him to return for the fourth ODI in Nelson, he didn't rule out a comeback for Queenstown. Hesson was impressed with Southee's progress at the nets, leaving the door open for selection. Should Southee return, Adam Milne might have to wait longer for his first appearance in an ODI on home soil, having been denied by the weather in Napier.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi, (wk), 8 James Neesham/Tim Southee/Adam Milne, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Kyle Mills

West Indies will have one forced change, with Darren Bravo returning home. Kirk Edwards, who was in fine form with the A side in India, could get an opportunity.

West Indies (probable) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Narsingh Deonarine, 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Jason Holder 11 Ravi Rampaul

Stats and trivia

  • Rain had the final say in the last two games in Queenstown, one of which was a New Zealand-West Indies clash
  • Of the six completed games at the venue, New Zealand won five. In their most recent win, they bundled out Bangladesh for 93 and chased it down in just six overs
  • Kyle Mills is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in this squad with 230 wickets. The next highest is Nathan McCullum with 43

Quotes

"We'll see what the wicket's like in Queenstown, and if it looks like it's got a bit of pace and bounce in it, then he's a really good option of us."
Mike Hesson on the chances of Adam Milne playing

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • kiwicricketnut on January 1, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    geez forget the game at hand these might as well be the chanderpaul debate pages. for my two cents worth he should be in the team, its not like someone better is keeping him out, for all saying forget him and look to the future, why not look to the future after the world cup which is only a year away, surely you want your best players for that, then say thanks for your services and look to some youth then. as for the nz side of things, its pretty much a do or die game so if southee is fit he must play, hoping for a game but if not, why not a reserve day tomorrow its not like the players have got somewhere to be same should of been done in napier.

  • coolie on January 1, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Tampa bay just fire the coach and GM regardless of contract. WI should take notes... I too support Chanderpaul playing ODI's. In another era, Gibson would have been taken to the back and shot... Sorry about that, Happy New Years...

  • on December 31, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Neesham is a better bowler, batter and fielder than Milne. So, even as a bowler, you should be playing him ahead of Milne. To understand that this is commonsense one only needs eyes. Lots of comments about the Windies too.... who cares? Barring rain, you are about to be thrashed 3-1. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • on December 31, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Gibson & Co.have psychologically and purposely damaged the team.Chanderpaul is still among the best batsmen in the world.It was recently revealed that Chanderpaul averaged about 70, from the last 48 or 50 so test matches. It was further noted that the highest average of all other batsmen in the same number of test matches and same period was in the 50s.What a talent that is being squandered.Gibson & Co had wanted him to stop playing a long time ago.It seems as though this team personally belongs to some people.What age has to do?You don't even have a batsman in WI to lace Chanderpaul's boots.Swallow your foolishness and play him in the OD.

  • iceaxe on December 31, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    rain rain go away....

  • KiwiPom on December 31, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Forecast is for occasional showers clearing by evening. Current rain radar is fine around Queenstown but it sits under a shallow trough of low pressure with a couple of fronts around.

  • Rally_Windies on December 31, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ Naresh Pitamber

    Sarwan was dropped for a VERY GOOD Reason ...

    in the last 2 ODI's he played (both World Cup games) . with WI chasing and needing quick runs to win , Sarawan batted slowly and took no risks to protect his average , instead of winning the games .....

    so YES he has a nice health average in ODI ... but he will not pick up the pace to help you win...

    Sarawan would rather come n.o. in a 50 over loss than get out trying to win the game .....

    Playing for Test cricket in a World Cup ODI game that your team NEEDS to win..

    is a VERY good reason to be dropped from ALL formats ....

  • on December 31, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Forecast pretty average. Rain. Then more rain for Nelson game and Hamilton game.

  • on December 31, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Sarwan ave over 40 in ODI and still he is not good for Gibson 11. Chanderpaul ave 42.1 still he was dropped by Gibson.......only in WI

  • Flighted_kiwi on December 31, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @wirus - what has age got to do with it? Fans and media alike seem to start talking about cricketers retiring as soon as they get to their early 30's. It's certainly not as if Chanderpauls batting form has slumped and I've seen nothing to suggest his fielding is below par. The concept of bringing through young players for the future would have more credence if WI had a core of good batsmen who could mentor new players. Sadly most of them would struggle to get a spot in other international teams.

    It sends out a bad message if you just select players on promise and also forces good players into early retirement. It used to be that you had to earn a place in an international team and new players had to work to force their way into a side. Now it just seems to be that if you can put on pads and hold a bat you get a shot. NZ started going down this path in the late 80's and spent many years in the cricketing wilderness as a result.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 1, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    geez forget the game at hand these might as well be the chanderpaul debate pages. for my two cents worth he should be in the team, its not like someone better is keeping him out, for all saying forget him and look to the future, why not look to the future after the world cup which is only a year away, surely you want your best players for that, then say thanks for your services and look to some youth then. as for the nz side of things, its pretty much a do or die game so if southee is fit he must play, hoping for a game but if not, why not a reserve day tomorrow its not like the players have got somewhere to be same should of been done in napier.

  • coolie on January 1, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Tampa bay just fire the coach and GM regardless of contract. WI should take notes... I too support Chanderpaul playing ODI's. In another era, Gibson would have been taken to the back and shot... Sorry about that, Happy New Years...

  • on December 31, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Neesham is a better bowler, batter and fielder than Milne. So, even as a bowler, you should be playing him ahead of Milne. To understand that this is commonsense one only needs eyes. Lots of comments about the Windies too.... who cares? Barring rain, you are about to be thrashed 3-1. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • on December 31, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Gibson & Co.have psychologically and purposely damaged the team.Chanderpaul is still among the best batsmen in the world.It was recently revealed that Chanderpaul averaged about 70, from the last 48 or 50 so test matches. It was further noted that the highest average of all other batsmen in the same number of test matches and same period was in the 50s.What a talent that is being squandered.Gibson & Co had wanted him to stop playing a long time ago.It seems as though this team personally belongs to some people.What age has to do?You don't even have a batsman in WI to lace Chanderpaul's boots.Swallow your foolishness and play him in the OD.

  • iceaxe on December 31, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    rain rain go away....

  • KiwiPom on December 31, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Forecast is for occasional showers clearing by evening. Current rain radar is fine around Queenstown but it sits under a shallow trough of low pressure with a couple of fronts around.

  • Rally_Windies on December 31, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ Naresh Pitamber

    Sarwan was dropped for a VERY GOOD Reason ...

    in the last 2 ODI's he played (both World Cup games) . with WI chasing and needing quick runs to win , Sarawan batted slowly and took no risks to protect his average , instead of winning the games .....

    so YES he has a nice health average in ODI ... but he will not pick up the pace to help you win...

    Sarawan would rather come n.o. in a 50 over loss than get out trying to win the game .....

    Playing for Test cricket in a World Cup ODI game that your team NEEDS to win..

    is a VERY good reason to be dropped from ALL formats ....

  • on December 31, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Forecast pretty average. Rain. Then more rain for Nelson game and Hamilton game.

  • on December 31, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Sarwan ave over 40 in ODI and still he is not good for Gibson 11. Chanderpaul ave 42.1 still he was dropped by Gibson.......only in WI

  • Flighted_kiwi on December 31, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @wirus - what has age got to do with it? Fans and media alike seem to start talking about cricketers retiring as soon as they get to their early 30's. It's certainly not as if Chanderpauls batting form has slumped and I've seen nothing to suggest his fielding is below par. The concept of bringing through young players for the future would have more credence if WI had a core of good batsmen who could mentor new players. Sadly most of them would struggle to get a spot in other international teams.

    It sends out a bad message if you just select players on promise and also forces good players into early retirement. It used to be that you had to earn a place in an international team and new players had to work to force their way into a side. Now it just seems to be that if you can put on pads and hold a bat you get a shot. NZ started going down this path in the late 80's and spent many years in the cricketing wilderness as a result.

  • sheru-sher on December 31, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Chanderpal should get pick in match as he is good careful batsman. Sammy and Darren Bravo playing together make confusion as who is captain.Bravo is better allrounder than Sammy. Put Ramdin to open batting as he can hold down end while Chanderpal can hold down middle arder. Bowlers are ok with Rampal the best of lot as he swing ball and bowl fast. Bur New Zealand has home adwantage so should win .

  • satspeare on December 31, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    @ilyas & Wirus - respectfully - it is so sad that Shiv has been FORCED out of this team and if the "brilliant" selectors and coach had their way, he will be out of cricket totally. Shiv brings to the WI team a stability and consistency DESPERATELY needed at this time. Time to pick a team for today AND the future and that means blending experience with youth so that the youths can benefit from playing on the same team. It is not as if we have this terrific "pool' of players in any case. Shiv's one day numbers, (ave 41, SR 70) and does not play the same way as in test, it becomes a bigger TRAGIDY not to play him and almost impossible to explain his none selection to EVERY other cricket other than ours! WICB, the coach & selectors NEED to man up and admit when they are WRONG - and make no mistake - they are wrong here. They were wrong about Nash, Sarwan, Taylor and youngsters like Bishoo, Dwayne Smith and Santokie. Sometimes you have to take a step "backwards" in order to move upwards.

  • on December 31, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    The biggest issue with this WI team is none of the reserves warrant picking over those who are failing . Eg deonarine , where is the replacement batsman ? I.e barnwell, Carter, Bharat, Russell or Cooper . Same situation as in test series .

  • on December 31, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Chanderpaul can open the batting and at least we will have one side holding the batting on a consistent basis. The people don't want him to play one days because they know he will be consistent like playing the Test matches. I know a lot of those one day players can make room for progress. Selectors please swallow your pride, and give fair play a chance. Try it and see the difference. What are you afraid of? They cannot do any worse that they are doing now. Lets select players to win the game regardless if we like them or not. Thank you.

  • on December 31, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I thnk wi will upset nz, bcoz wi bowlling attack looks strong only concern is in their batting. Wi should chase.

  • ilyas on December 31, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Wirus - agree that it's too late to bring back chanders. Should probably give Walton a go instead of deonarine who has not delivered and is unlikely to after all the chances he has had. The big concern is the lack of batting substitutes. Wicb probably can't afford to send anyone or have no idea how to sort out a visa as in the case of Braithwaite during the test series. The biggest disappointment this year in a year of disappointments is Russell. The guy has the talent to be a world class all-rounder but it looks like he is happy being a 20/20 whacker. He is the guy who should be the regular number 6 for the WI in all forms of the game but he is heading down the dj bravo path - style over substance. I suppose with Gayle as his idol what do you expect? Anyway come on Windies - this is an opportunity for some of these guys to make a name for themselves

  • wirus on December 31, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    It is understandable in the circumstances for people to be calling for the return of Chanderpaul. But the reality is that he is 40 years old and therefore cannot be part of the solution for the future of WI cricket. He is a legend - even greater than his stats suggests and should be highly honoured as was Tendulkar. But WI need to start planning for the future NOW! Due to the folly of the selectors we have ended up with 3 wicketkeepers in the squad and possibly all three will be in this next game - ridiculous!! All they can do in these next three matches is get the batting order right. Surprise NZ by actually being innovative and clear thinking. So open with Simmons and Edwards and let Powell come in at 3. Sadly Deonerine will have to be picked again and he would have to bat at 4 and Ramdin at 5. Then have the big hitters coming in at 6 - Bravo, 7 - Charles and 8 - Sammy followed by the bowlers. And hope that NZ has another off day.

  • on December 31, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Evrist - You present some interesting options.

    I agree with the questioning of places for Kirk Edwards and Deonarine. Their past performances at this level do not seem to merit their selection, surely they are there because of injuries to Gayle , Pollard, Samuels and Bravo as well as the fact that they were already on the tour from the Test squad.

    Definitely agree that WI should not forget about Russell, Sarwan and especially Dwayne Smith who has shown himself to be a real pro from the last IPL where he won back a opening batsman spot in a star studded Mumbai lineup ahead on players like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

    Looking to see if Deonarine and Edwards take the opportunity offered and make some runs...

    Concerned though that Charles' glove-work may not be on par with Ramdin's and WI don't want to lose a match for missed catches, stumpings or run-outs

  • delboy on December 31, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    @Ncnotorious if I was Chanderpaul's agent I would be contacting a franchise owner of the BIG BASH, in fact he could have been the ideal replacement for Dwayne Smith who puled out due to "Family issues"; Are WI player families not considered part of the process when their schedules are planned? Did Smith's family not know he was due to join Sydney in December? WI cricket is so embarrassing both on and off the field. Earlier this year Braithwaite could not travel due to visa issues? He is a PROFESSIONAL cricketer, expected to travel internationally..

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    naturally if west indies decides to play Deonarine, after all this time, then how do you guys expects them to see chanderpaul should be in the team. i personally thinks russel should be in the team and drop ramdin, the team only needs one keeper thank you. sammy should bat before bravo, cause bravo has been out of form for west indies cricket for as far as i can remember. forget kirk edwards in ODIs, use sarwan or give me dwayne smith plz.

  • Ncnotorious on December 31, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Two words, Chanderpaul's Consistency. No Chanderpaul in the WI side is a travesty. Its been 2years since he played an ODI because Gibson decided that Chanderpaul cant play ODIs, yet he is the only consistent WI performer for the past 5+ yrs (even on a world scale that is staggering).

  • trinibay on December 31, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Sherwine, You are dead on but our comments on this format will go unheeded. The WICB directors and selectors are deaf. We need to find a means to get new people in these positions.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 31, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Every one wants Chanderpaul to play in the ODI, except the West Indies selectors!!! he is the most requested ODI batsman, not to be picked in a team! Same as every one wanted Narine to play in the test, but not the selectors again! Reading these comments on Cricinfo and WI. Board, and listening to commentary speak about the team WI picked, shows that the WI board does not pay attention to the people who knows cricket. 2013 started with a 0-5 lost to Aus, then they lost everything for the year, except there selectors, if Chanderpaul was in this team, it would have help many games, mostly the ones that they lost by many wickets! WI have the record for the most series win straight (29) now they are going to have the most series lost, with the same selectors!!! Happy New Year, to all the players of West Indies and there crying fans worldwide!

  • pt_pt on December 31, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Hope the ground staff is well prepared for any rain, hopefully should get a game in. Must win for NZ, would play both Southee and Milne, rest Mills and Neesham.

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I'm not a West Indies fan or supporter but I follow cricket a lot and I know a thing or two about the West Indies. West Indies need to step up and concentrate on New Zealand's ODI's . They are a very good side but they need to find the perfect balance in their One dayer squad. They need to bring back Chanderpaul to strenghten their middle order because thier middle order keeps on failing and thats one of the main reasons Chanderpaul has to come back into the One Day side and Ramdin needs to step up the order and needs to show some form. Also, they need to work as a team, they're depending on their bowling line up a lot. If West Indies can do that then they should have no problem slaughtering a side like New Zealand!

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    How does Deonarine make the West Indies team is beyond me.

  • rayinto on December 31, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Get Chanderpaul in the one day set up before the meter runs out on him - the youngsters can learn so much from his presence.

  • sherwine on December 31, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    With the West Indies fragile batting, why not call Chanderpaul to the one day team to provide much needed stability in the middle. Oh! but then again Coach Gibson said he cannot play one dayers! Another reason why Coach Gibson must go! Good luck to WI, although I think its the bowlers who will win it. Powell owes the team some runs and should not be vooping like Charles. Charles should understand he cannot voop all the time and should actually try to build an innings. I am glad to see Edwards back in the team as I believe he should not be dropped in the first place. Ramdin should bat higher in the order since he is not a finisher at #7.

  • ARJa on December 31, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Another certain washout. Unbelievable they went to a ground where the last 2 games were complete washouts. And considering how active the local ground staff is, might as well forget about the game altogether.

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  • ARJa on December 31, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Another certain washout. Unbelievable they went to a ground where the last 2 games were complete washouts. And considering how active the local ground staff is, might as well forget about the game altogether.

  • sherwine on December 31, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    With the West Indies fragile batting, why not call Chanderpaul to the one day team to provide much needed stability in the middle. Oh! but then again Coach Gibson said he cannot play one dayers! Another reason why Coach Gibson must go! Good luck to WI, although I think its the bowlers who will win it. Powell owes the team some runs and should not be vooping like Charles. Charles should understand he cannot voop all the time and should actually try to build an innings. I am glad to see Edwards back in the team as I believe he should not be dropped in the first place. Ramdin should bat higher in the order since he is not a finisher at #7.

  • rayinto on December 31, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Get Chanderpaul in the one day set up before the meter runs out on him - the youngsters can learn so much from his presence.

  • on December 31, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    How does Deonarine make the West Indies team is beyond me.

  • on December 31, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I'm not a West Indies fan or supporter but I follow cricket a lot and I know a thing or two about the West Indies. West Indies need to step up and concentrate on New Zealand's ODI's . They are a very good side but they need to find the perfect balance in their One dayer squad. They need to bring back Chanderpaul to strenghten their middle order because thier middle order keeps on failing and thats one of the main reasons Chanderpaul has to come back into the One Day side and Ramdin needs to step up the order and needs to show some form. Also, they need to work as a team, they're depending on their bowling line up a lot. If West Indies can do that then they should have no problem slaughtering a side like New Zealand!

  • pt_pt on December 31, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Hope the ground staff is well prepared for any rain, hopefully should get a game in. Must win for NZ, would play both Southee and Milne, rest Mills and Neesham.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 31, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Every one wants Chanderpaul to play in the ODI, except the West Indies selectors!!! he is the most requested ODI batsman, not to be picked in a team! Same as every one wanted Narine to play in the test, but not the selectors again! Reading these comments on Cricinfo and WI. Board, and listening to commentary speak about the team WI picked, shows that the WI board does not pay attention to the people who knows cricket. 2013 started with a 0-5 lost to Aus, then they lost everything for the year, except there selectors, if Chanderpaul was in this team, it would have help many games, mostly the ones that they lost by many wickets! WI have the record for the most series win straight (29) now they are going to have the most series lost, with the same selectors!!! Happy New Year, to all the players of West Indies and there crying fans worldwide!

  • trinibay on December 31, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Sherwine, You are dead on but our comments on this format will go unheeded. The WICB directors and selectors are deaf. We need to find a means to get new people in these positions.

  • Ncnotorious on December 31, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Two words, Chanderpaul's Consistency. No Chanderpaul in the WI side is a travesty. Its been 2years since he played an ODI because Gibson decided that Chanderpaul cant play ODIs, yet he is the only consistent WI performer for the past 5+ yrs (even on a world scale that is staggering).

  • on December 31, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    naturally if west indies decides to play Deonarine, after all this time, then how do you guys expects them to see chanderpaul should be in the team. i personally thinks russel should be in the team and drop ramdin, the team only needs one keeper thank you. sammy should bat before bravo, cause bravo has been out of form for west indies cricket for as far as i can remember. forget kirk edwards in ODIs, use sarwan or give me dwayne smith plz.