New Zealand v West Indies, 5th ODI, Hamilton January 7, 2014

Final bout for battered West Indies


Match facts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
14:00 local (01:00 GMT)

Big Picture

It's been a terrible two months on the road for West Indies. The injuries have piled up as quickly and as scarily as the losses. The ODI captain flew in to New Zealand and spoke about a lack of unity in the side that had lost two Tests and saved the third with help from rain and his brother.

The under-fire Test captain somehow came up with two backs-to-the-wall, match-winning knocks - both in ODIs - one each in Visakhapatnam and Auckland. Those innings gave West Indies their only win each on the tours of India and New Zealand.

The Test captain then slipped out of contention on a wet outfield in Queenstown, following which Corey Anderson pummeled West Indies for the fastest ODI hundred. Ravi Rampaul became the seventh first-choice player unavailable when he pulled out of the Nelson game with a broken finger.

How many of the remaining few fit players will be praying for rain in Hamilton? Rain is expected this night in the city but there is no more than a 20-30% chance of it during the match. Probably all of the West Indies players will just want to leave this wet, cruel summer as soon as possible and head home to the Caribbean. But there's still a series on the line. It can't be won at 1-2, but a loss can be averted.

If West Indies fail to win in Hamilton, New Zealand will have another series in their pocket, to go with unexpected victories in the past year in South Africa and England, and a 1-1 result in Sri Lanka with a second-string side. While these signify their under-rated prowess as a one-day outfit, the 0-3 wipeout in Bangladesh stands out as a sudden, but not entirely surprising, blip. It is that missing consistency that they will want to achieve. The selectors have put their faith in this group of players and said they want to keep them together. It is up to the players to repay that with a series win in Hamilton before the tougher contests against India.

Form guide

New Zealand WWLLW (last five completed matches)
West Indies LLWLW

In the spotlight

The difference between the two sides begins right at the top. Jesse Ryder has absorbed the emotion and hype around his much-awaited return - and an unfortunate duck in his comeback innings - to crack a 46-ball century in Queenstown and a breezy 47 in Nelson. Johnson Charles didn't have to make a comeback; he's had a sustained run at the top of the order since the Champions Trophy. He didn't have a bad 2013, but his returns have tapered off since the India tour - 42, 12, 11, 9, 0 and 0. Given the tattered state the side finds itself in, Charles will have to show some responsibility.

Team news

West Indies will have 13 players to choose from as opposed to 12 for the Nelson game. The allrounder Andre Russell joined the squad on Monday for the Twenty20s and will be considered for selection for the Hamilton ODI. With Denesh Ramdin saying the pitch had some grass, Russell could replace Nikita Miller.

West Indies (probable) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Chadwick Walton/Kieran Powell, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Narsingh Deonarine, 8 Andre Russell/Nikita Miller, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Jason Holder, 11 Tino Best

With the series at stake, New Zealand should stick to the XI that played in Nelson.

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 Nathan McCullum, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Kyle Mills

Stats and trivia

  • Dwayne Bravo has made the most runs, 111, and taken the most wickets, six, for West Indies this series
  • The three top run-getters for New Zealand in the series - Corey Anderson, Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum - all have strike-rates well above 100 - 198.76, 143.80 and 127.27


"It's difficult but Bravo (Dwayne) has been motivating us in bringing a relaxed atmosphere to the dressing room so that we play our natural Caribbean style of cricket. "
Denesh Ramdin on the mood in the West Indies camp

"There's a lot of talented guys sitting on the sidelines. That's always healthy - if you're not performing, then someone will come in and have a crack. I think we're all pushing each other and it's a good culture; we're all happy when someone succeeds."
Corey Anderson on the New Zealand team environment

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Was Bravo speaking of the entire team or the one presently on tour? Was he also directing a message to the management of the team? The management needs to be more forthcoming with news about the teams on when they are on tour. Whats going on with Fidel Edwards, also Taylor, Do they still have health issues? When are they expected back? OR ARE THEY?

  • dummy4fb on January 8, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    I agree with the Chanderpaul comments, he is one of the most experienced WI batsman ever and should be with this ODI squad during the tour. Even if he played his test style opposed to ODI (which works in either format really) then he would score runs and occupy the crease and create partnerships... Something that has been lacking in this ODI series for WI.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    The WEST INDIES MUST PLAY TO THEIR POTENTIAL AND BEYOND in order to win back the respectability of the FANS-FIELDING must be exceptional-Batting to the best of their ability and BOWLING CONSISTENTLY WELL will ensure a good match, possibly resulting in a win for the WEST INDIES. At least 4 batsmen must score over 70 in order for them to winThen THE TAIL MUST WAG-I envision the team fighting to the very end,Our pride is at stake.LETS GO WIN A MATCH-Regain our pride.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    and sorry SamWinston (whilst you observantly and justifiably have Neesham and Anderson in the line-up), they will play Mills instead....and move McCullum (Nathan) up one spot. That is the official team: 1. Ryder 2. Guptill 3. Williamson 4. Taylor 5. BMac 6. Anderson 7. Ronchi 8. N McCullum 9. Mills 10. Southee 11. McClenaghan Only possible deviation will be a ludicrous and ill-conceived playing of Milne for one of the bowlers due to their being a misunderstanding that pace in and of itself is good... when cricketers know fast rubbish is worse than normal rubbish as it goes the distance. His stats speak for themselves and the sub-continent excuse is crap as Neesham and Anderson got multi-four wicket bags in same series. Neesham averages 20 runs a wicket for God's sake!! Neesham should be in line-up in my opinion, for Ronchi (and as said above, let any non-bowler keep or BMac have to man up), or (and this is unfair on him but is Ronchi's fault) Williamson (as they have for the T20s)..

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2014, 23:09 GMT

    3-1 and a thrashing in the t20s too (even if was the West Indies best side)... A mere formality bar freakish occurrences, as NZ have very good side. And that is with Ronchi upsetting proper eleven for the ODI games by getting in way of playing Neesham, who bats, bowls and fields better. If India series is a true test of our world cup pedigree... then either Williamson or Ronchi will need to be dropped sorry... A player truly deserving of their spot as 10 of the current 11 are must take the gloves (choose any non-bowler) as starting Ronchi purely to W/Kp is nonsense, as is replacing him with another keeper for same reason. Pick Neesham, drop Ronchi and hand gloves to anyone...Bmac is fit enough to do role and then stop after world cup or do ONLY for that tournament. But for now we must play our BEST 11. That is the unwritten rule of cricket. Anderson and Neesham are par players - one does not need to stand in for the other... play them both!! Give Ryder the gloves.. it is basic hand eye

  • InsideHedge on January 7, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    This tour can't end quickly enough for the West Indies. They're already looking at defending their T20 crown in Bangladesh, and participating in the IPL and CPL that follows. None of the other formats matter to them. That there is the situation with West Indies cricket.

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Thanks to finally having their best players fit as well as good selections, this is the first New Zealand side to ever have 11 international class players. Playing New Zealand has always been a case of seeing off Hadlee/Bond/Vettori and dismissing Crowe/Fleming etc, but now the this side has quality and variety in every facet of the game. These 11, plus Vettori, Boult, Milne and Watling will be a 15 man squad that genuinely can win the World Cup next year.

  • Mekkayel on January 7, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Pollard did score a few hundred against Australia in the 5-0 whitewash in Australia. Stop insulting his ability. As for Dwayne Smith, he's just a t20 gun for hire.his technique is deficient, not a world class batsman (not that Charles or Walton are either.)

  • dummy4fb on January 7, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Latham in for Ronchi and we're good.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 7, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    the windies don't really deserve a drawn series that would be a unjust sort of a result, the way that they have played 3-1 is a fair result, sadly sport doesn't work like that so hoping the black caps keep up the good work and go into the t-20's with all the momentum.

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