New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown January 1, 2014

West Indies 'caught off guard' by New Zealand assault - Bravo

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies' captain Dwayne Bravo has admitted to his team being "caught off guard" by the New Zealand batsmen's assault in the third ODI, in Queenstown. The game was on the verge of being called off due to the weather, but the teams got in 21 overs each, with New Zealand powering to 283 for 4 - an innings that included the fastest and sixth-fastest ODI tons ever.

"Bad weather, shortened version, we fancied our chances equally, just as good as the New Zealand team," Bravo said. "We wanted to bowl first, we won the toss, we did that, but I think the way New Zealand batters batted really caught us off guard."

However, there was not much the defending World Twenty20 champions could really do while the batsmen blazed away, he said. "They took their chances and it came off, there was no stopping them. Jesse Ryder set the tone, Brendon McCullum, the cameo he played actually gave the other players the freedom to come in and be positive. Players batting like that, in good form, good strikers of the ball, there's not much you can really do as a team or as a captain, so you've got to give credit to them."

Ryder, who is playing his first international series in 22 months, got to his hundred in 46 deliveries, while Corey Anderson smashed his way there in 36, breaking Shahid Afridi's long-standing record for the quickest hundred. In between, McCullum slammed 33 off 11.

The only possible excuse for his bowlers, Bravo said, was perhaps the alien conditions. "It was tough for us, cold conditions, one-over spells, it is not easy for any bowling team to actually come on and be spot-on."

The series is now tied at 1-1, with two games to play, so it was important to for West Indies to put this game behind them and keep going, Bravo said. "We have to regroup. We are not going to let this game dampen our spirit.

"I think we just have to remind ourselves about the good things we did in the first game, remind ourselves of the other good things we did before this series as well - we had some good bowling performances in India, which is one of the better one-day teams in the world. Yes, this is disappointing, but the way those guys batted, there's really not much I can do, I can't fault my bowlers for the effort that they gave, it was just proper cricket shots, great batting by the opposition team."

Bravo said it would have helped if the batsmen put up a better fight, though. West Indies never looked like getting close to New Zealand's score, with only two batsmen - one of whom was Bravo, who scored 56 - going at over a run a ball. "I'm a bit disappointed about how we went about our batting as well, that's one area I definitely think we need to improve on," Bravo said. "Chasing 280 in 21 overs is always going to be difficult, but I think we could have [put on] a better batting display."

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  • wijams on January 3, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Sammy's fault why wi lost again

  • daygoue on January 3, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    i watch anderson's inn and it was breath taking. i must agree with Brovo that there is nothing they could have done to stop him. they needed some luck which never came. a few balls could have carried to fielders; but the guy kept hitting the ball out of the park. i was impress. it erminded me of Bathic Ali hitting Ambrose and co around the park in Sargha, he was unstoppiable but Lara camee back and got a big hundred and we worn the game. there is something funny about sports, every man has his day and when he do he is unstopable. but WI players need so have some days too, boy these guys fight, strick, party, and fly more than they score runs and take wickets. look at Brovo Record the captain this guy stats are very poor, how this guy is seen as a good cricketer. Sammy is at #8 in ODI allrounder where are the other big WI players. and if Sammy who is a below avrage cricketer is at #8 in the worrld that tells us how bad we are. man i just feel so sad and sorry watching my boys play crick

  • dummy4fb on January 3, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    Re : Trinis Silent . This like most ODI's each team has a chance to bat . While we gave away runs with the small boundaries . Our batsmen had a chance to reply . Opening has been a contentions issue of late . Charles made a 3 ball duck , Simmo did not last long neither did Powell. I think this was a protest match of sort. The reason for which may or may not be forth coming . How many have returned home and what were the reasons given ?

  • adkum on January 3, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    So what is new or surprising. WI continue to disappoint. It will continue until the WICB is made to be held accountable to someone. Right now WICB is nothing short of a joke. Cameron was voted in front of Clive Lloyd and is delivering the goods that he is capable of. And many of the stalwarts of the 70's and 80's are excluded from the administration of the game. Sad that Richie Richardson is also part of the problem. One would have expected better from him. But he is shielding under the dirty apron of the unaccountable WICB. I would love to see WI back in the forefront. But unfortunately I am not optimistic. The WICB, coach, manager and selectors need replacing. There is complete lack of leadership and motivation to do well. There are some good guys in this team but they are failing perhaps due to the infighting that Tony Cozier revealed. The team looks totally demotivated, while the impotent board looks on sheepishly.

  • crikectfan on January 3, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    What a joke- Bravo needs to go, his batting and bowling has both been sub par for many years now. There even was an article written on this site providing stats to show how badly he has declined. This being said even if he is kept in the team he is not captain material because he isn't a role model for these younger players. Also,from looking at his captaincy he doesn't seem to have the in depth knowledge of the game to be able to tactically win matches. As a WI fan for many many years I think this loss is one of the worst, not for the huge margin of defeat but for the fact that the players didn't even try to win (with bat or ball). I'm by no means a fan of Darren Sammy as captain also but at least you could tell he gives his all . I'm not sure what the board is trying to achieve by having Bravo captain ODI's. I'd like to get the opinion of other readers on who they think if the best Captain in the West Indies currently, for me - Kirk Edwards might be worth a shot.

  • wirus on January 2, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    InsideHedge is right to say that so many of these players just move on from one failure to another. Why? Because that is also the attitude of their leaders. I ask again, why is it that our A teams over the past several years have played well at home and abroad and look as good as or better than most other countries yet our senior team is largely pathetic? I believe the answer is psychological. It is also about atmosphere. The A team players want to impress. They are desperate to show themselves worthy of promotion and know that failure means being replaced swiftly. They also seem to see themselves as a separate team and they go out and play fearlessly but also with grit and determination. But as soon as they are promoted to the poisonous atmosphere of the senior team they wilt and fall away. Surely we have to consider swapping things around and make the A team the senior team and draft in a few from the current team on merit alone.

  • dummy4fb on January 2, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    worst team cricket award should go to west indies for all these years zero imrovement from years...

  • rendragnz on January 2, 2014, 11:15 GMT


    Yeah, there was a time when New Zealand was the records whipping-boy.

    But swings and roundabout, the WI may rise again, while NZ will never have a world-beating test side. It's a population issue.

  • android_user on January 2, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    sammy was not dropped for this game he pulled his hamstring during the morning warm up session.

  • dummy4fb on January 2, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    To say you were caught of guard is hogwash,maybe you should have batted, how come Sammy has never been injured when Captain,he have a very good game in the first ODI he wants that to be the last image of him before the coming reorganizing after this tour. that batting lineup is a poor one,saying bowlers could not do anything rubbish they're not up to the task New Zealand had 2 batsman play Gayle type innings we have no one to match that.

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