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

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

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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

  • 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.

  • 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

    @Blackholesun

    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.

  • on January 2, 2014, 3:41 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

    @Blackholesun

    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.

  • on January 2, 2014, 3:41 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on January 2, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    do yall know sammy an bravo had afight in new zeland recently anthere is a split in de team an management. so bravo is right... no unity in de team

  • on January 2, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    West Indies really need to play Chanderpaul. These young batsmen need a role model and he is the only one left.

  • foursandsixes on January 2, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    I think WI partied a bit too much on New Years eve, and it showed.

  • JoshFromJamRock on January 2, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    The bowling attack was just about right...

    1)They had Miller the best left arm spinners in region. 2)They had Narine, one of the best limited overs spin bowler in the world. 3)They had Holder, one of the very best young bowlers in the region and is fast improving. 4)They had Rampaul, a season campaigner who is the 2nd best fast bowler in the region after Roach. 5)They had Bravo, who is a decent bowler as long as he doesn't bowl in the death overs.

    The only improvements, bowling-wise, which i think would strengthen the attack, is the inclusion of a healthy Roach for Holder as opening bowler while Holder plays for Miller as the 3rd Seamer. Sammy should definitely stay in the XI over Bravo as the captain but as a #7 so the four frontline bowlers can play.

    Batting-wise, in the future, Powell, Charles, Edwards, lil' Bravo, Gayle and Simmons should be the top six batting lineup. Gayle and Simmons can be 6th and 7th bowlers if needed.

  • wijams on January 1, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    All the trinis are silent.

  • InsideHedge on January 1, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Just when you think things can't get worse, they do. Dwayne Bravo says they'll move on from this game, after all the series is tied at 1-1 but that's one of the issues: the WI players know they can quickly move on from unacceptable performances because there's another game just around the corner, this debacle will be quickly forgotten. Many batsmen in the world have this attitude: if they come across a difficult wicket, it's no skin off their back if they fail, they know the majority of wickets around the world are batsmen friendly and they'll soon make up for it.

    Attitudes like these ensure that the team these players belong to will never be the best in the world.

  • Blackholesun on January 1, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    There was a time when every (almost) record was made against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka (earlier phase) and Bangladesh. West Indies seems keen to takeover from the above teams ! What a pathetic show by them. The bowlers were clueless about where to bowl. There was nothing in the batting too. Poor shot selection, there wasn't a will to make a game out of it.

    They only knows how low they want to go from here. As of now Bangladesh seems to be a better team to me (personal opinion).

    Also in my opinion Sammy is much more passionate about the game than most of the players in the current lineup. However he too is prone to poor shot selection and some loose bowling.

  • on January 1, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    There are a number of issues that can be drawn from West Indies' failed match against the Kiwis today. The most significant is that the West Indies are not up to par with most of the so called leading cricket teams of the world. Secondly, the management team is clueless with regards to finding a solution to blunt the rampant New Zealanders who are obviously ideally keyed up to give the West Indies a sound trashing. It is obvious that the team's manager is too preoccupied with the past when excellence pervaded the team and is possibly a deterrent to a seemingly inept, lazy and ambitious -lacking team. Solution, the captain must go because he is uninspirational, the coach seems to be a demotivator and lacks the competence to guide 21st century team and the manager, who seems only bent on protecting his former glory as a batsman supreme should step down. In short, it is impossible to expect positive returns from disinterested and ill-prepared players and a management team that's so weak

  • Blythesville on January 1, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Just when you think the West Indies have sunk to a new low, they find new ways to define new depths. This team has now gone lower than the Marianas Trench.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on January 1, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    "Caught off guard"? That is one of the most irresponsible statements to be made by a captain. I better stop right here and better not put all my feelings into words here. Whatever happened to my glorious West Indies!

  • on January 1, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Bravo u batted like it was a test match. Next time put team first. A team not united will always crumble!!

  • on January 1, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Bravo looked more lost than the team! And can someone explain his batting?

  • on January 1, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    We are expecting too much from this team. Who in this team has made a century in recent history or a consistent fifty? Why was Sammy not in the team? He is more consistent i n making runs. Bravo is inconsistent in making runs and getting wickets. The batsmen who can make above 50 are out of the team for personal reasons and injuries. Our future for world class batsmen in not encouraging. congratulations NZ! It was a stunning display of batting! which other country would keep this failing coach staff and selectors? None! God rid of them now! Happy New Year!

  • on January 1, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    WICB needs to come up with some quick planning and actions to curb this situation our guys are facing. The defeats are getting worse, and if this continues the west Indies Team will be the worst team in the cricketing world. We need to make some big changes that makes …sense! By the way for comparison , our guys are not as physical as the NZ team. In fact some of them needs to go on a training program to compete with the other Teams. The West Indies camp has a lot of work to be in the competitive edge, or else if the trend continues , we will be facing a team in Florida. God help us all.

  • WindiesWillow on January 1, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ, well done a bludgeoning victory. To my WI team, I have nothing to say, well at least nothing more to say.

  • on January 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    New Zealand was the hunters in this match. West Indies were never present.

    50 overs, twenty/20 or twenty one overs, it is a historic bashing cricket fans world wide will never see again.

    West Indies bowler did not know where or what to bowl next. This exposed their weakness and it could be a challenge in the next twenty/20 world cup.

    Secondly it is clear that the entire WICB, the team and entire camp is in trouble and has a lot of work to do to respectfully compete internationally. No one went in with a message to help them stop the assault. So much for the support from Gibson and Richardson.

    Also, I was more surprised that Deonarine, a part time WI bowler did not bowl a single over.

    Team placement was so poor. You can understand the shots hit high outside the ground the was unstoppable but the runs (fours) was block-able at least most of it.

    New Zealand field placement was excellent. One thing WI can do is to learn yet again.

  • on January 1, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    i say this with no regret ...sammy is the best allrounder in the west indies, then followed by russel, forget bravo,The IPL king, he doesnt even contribute that much for WI T20 team...stand fast zimbabwe tour , bravo first game as captain in england world cup, he drop sammy and lst the game, the next game sammy contribution won it for them...the team is not balance without sammy, the truth is sammy is the heart of the team...the man who won the only the last 2 ODIs for west indies got drop, and they expect to win really really? sammy can play as a batsman cause as far as am concern he has out played most of the west indies batsmen over last year or so...drop bravo and play russel if you ask me...i dont play big names, i play on proformance and comittment.

  • Riddymon on January 1, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    GUYS!!! GUYS!! Relax...you all need to learn sarcasm when you see it. Garth's comment is actually support for Sammy for a change. I actually LOL'd when i read it because it was pretty clever. Also @ naresh...he wasn't dropped, he injured his hamstring while warming up before the game so he didn't play. I would've loved to see him come out in these conditions though.

  • Cric_fever_forever on January 1, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    thanx alot mr bravo!!! u given afridi fans lot of joy today wow!! keep it up :(

  • AnotherCricketFan on January 1, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Posted by on (January 1, 2014, 13:47 GMT That was the comment I have ever read, blame Sammy for everything by the mob. I am not a Sammy supporter and he may not deserve the place based on merits - but the cupboard is empty. Moreover, his experience counts and even MSDhoni will bring the same results with the kind of team WICB provides. Don't blame the captain alone in a team sport.

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Wow! Imagine making such a far-reaching a comment before ascertaining the facts! Typical of the anti Sammy sentiment by those who believe the "little islanders" have no business playing for, far less leading West Indies. Good thing no mortal can destroy what God has blessed.

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    @garth sammy isnt the captain..its bravo

  • sugars on January 1, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    some ppl are so quick to blame sammy for all of west indies dissappointing outings.sammy has not been the 1 day captain for over 6 months but yet he gets blamed..well he wasn't in the side so it should have been more balaced but what happened? it is clear to see that sammy is a more cohesive leader than bravo. stop the sammy bashing

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    WI selectors and Coach can't get it right..... 1/ Sammy scored a match winning 43 and was dropped for this game. Sammy is a better ODI and T20 player and not a Test player.

    2/ After Narsingh Deonarine finished a full A-Team tour of India he was not selected for the first Test Match days after.

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    bravo is not captain material y everyone blame sammy

  • wirus on January 1, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    While this may be a complete one-off in which exceptional batting deserves credit there are some things that have been confirmed in this odd match. 1. WI bowlers never react well under pressure. When they start getting knocked around they have no idea how to respond. We've seen this time and time again. No idea how to bowl good yorkers or how to set up batsmen who are on the attack. 2. WI batsmen give up once significant scores are posted against them, especially if they lose an early wicket or two. 3. Bravo despite all his IPL experience had no idea how to stem the flow or buy a wicket. He did nothing innovative or unusual to unsettle the batsmen. 4. Not surprisingly, NZ reacted to the taunting of Bravo who infamously said before this match that WI bowling gave them the edge. He is expert and waving a red flag before cricketing bulls. They are so mentally fragile that one wonders if they can come back from this mauling.

  • on January 1, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Poor Captaincy from Sammy, he is upsetting the balance of the side, poor field placing as well. 280 plus runs in 21 overs Sammy must go. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………................................O oh …….. Sorry he did not even play!!!!!

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  • on January 1, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Poor Captaincy from Sammy, he is upsetting the balance of the side, poor field placing as well. 280 plus runs in 21 overs Sammy must go. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………................................O oh …….. Sorry he did not even play!!!!!

  • wirus on January 1, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    While this may be a complete one-off in which exceptional batting deserves credit there are some things that have been confirmed in this odd match. 1. WI bowlers never react well under pressure. When they start getting knocked around they have no idea how to respond. We've seen this time and time again. No idea how to bowl good yorkers or how to set up batsmen who are on the attack. 2. WI batsmen give up once significant scores are posted against them, especially if they lose an early wicket or two. 3. Bravo despite all his IPL experience had no idea how to stem the flow or buy a wicket. He did nothing innovative or unusual to unsettle the batsmen. 4. Not surprisingly, NZ reacted to the taunting of Bravo who infamously said before this match that WI bowling gave them the edge. He is expert and waving a red flag before cricketing bulls. They are so mentally fragile that one wonders if they can come back from this mauling.

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    bravo is not captain material y everyone blame sammy

  • on January 1, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    WI selectors and Coach can't get it right..... 1/ Sammy scored a match winning 43 and was dropped for this game. Sammy is a better ODI and T20 player and not a Test player.

    2/ After Narsingh Deonarine finished a full A-Team tour of India he was not selected for the first Test Match days after.

  • sugars on January 1, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    some ppl are so quick to blame sammy for all of west indies dissappointing outings.sammy has not been the 1 day captain for over 6 months but yet he gets blamed..well he wasn't in the side so it should have been more balaced but what happened? it is clear to see that sammy is a more cohesive leader than bravo. stop the sammy bashing

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    @garth sammy isnt the captain..its bravo

  • on January 1, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Wow! Imagine making such a far-reaching a comment before ascertaining the facts! Typical of the anti Sammy sentiment by those who believe the "little islanders" have no business playing for, far less leading West Indies. Good thing no mortal can destroy what God has blessed.

  • AnotherCricketFan on January 1, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Posted by on (January 1, 2014, 13:47 GMT That was the comment I have ever read, blame Sammy for everything by the mob. I am not a Sammy supporter and he may not deserve the place based on merits - but the cupboard is empty. Moreover, his experience counts and even MSDhoni will bring the same results with the kind of team WICB provides. Don't blame the captain alone in a team sport.

  • Cric_fever_forever on January 1, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    thanx alot mr bravo!!! u given afridi fans lot of joy today wow!! keep it up :(

  • Riddymon on January 1, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    GUYS!!! GUYS!! Relax...you all need to learn sarcasm when you see it. Garth's comment is actually support for Sammy for a change. I actually LOL'd when i read it because it was pretty clever. Also @ naresh...he wasn't dropped, he injured his hamstring while warming up before the game so he didn't play. I would've loved to see him come out in these conditions though.