New Zealand v West Indies, 5th ODI, Hamilton

Final bout for battered West Indies

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

January 7, 2014

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Match facts

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

Dwayne Bravo and his team-mates warm up using punching bags, Nelson, January 3, 2014
Are West Indies up for the last fight? © West Indies Cricket Board

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

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Posted by   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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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)..

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.)

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Latham in for Ronchi and we're good.

Posted by 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.

Posted by popahwheely on (January 7, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Good squad i expect them to win this one. Narsingh is just keeping Samuels spot. My XI Charles,Powell,Edwards,Simmo,Dwayne,Nar,Ramdin,Russell,Narine,Holder,Rampaul/Best.

Posted by SamWintson92 on (January 7, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

@ DarkNecros: a) About Ramdin & Charles: Making runs in longer format test & making runs in shorter format ODIs are totally different thing. Ramdin averages only around 22 in the ODIs which is very poor. May be the keeping standard of Charles isn't upto mark but it can be sharpened if he is made well prepared 4 the job. Look at Pakistan, Umar Akmal is doing OK. If the keeper can bat then automatically it opens up a slot for including a batsman or a game changer allrounder. But if the keeper averages in the 20s like Ramdin after so many ODIs, he becomes a burden 4 the team. b) About Dwayne Smith: Dwayne Smith didn't have the success in his international career. But he has improved a lot now and can be a match winner. He hardly got chances recently after showing super form in IPL. Bringing in IPL here because it's also a shorter format. c) About Santokie: The bowling action of Santokie is no excuse for not taking him in the squad. He has shown excellence in T20s & his records are decent

Posted by viru-319-219 on (January 7, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

I left out Pollard from the 15 considering his form and his weakness against short piched bowling. He was struggling against short stuff on dead indian tracks in IPL and I feel he will be just a waste of spot if played in XI in AUS and NZ.

Posted by viru-319-219 on (January 7, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

West Indies - Perfect team for T20s and a team that fails to play 50 overs in ODIs. Answer is visible to every one that they need couple of players who can anchor their innings when others play their natural game. Why don't WI selectors get that ? or Why don't someone like Dwayne Bravo play a long innings (we all know he is lot better than a slogger) ? Why isn't Darren Bravo or Sarwan or Chanderpaul in ODI setup for WI ? This WI team has too much flair and this is not helping them in playing 50 Overs or tests. WI should concentrate on building a team for WC 2015 and they should look for players who can do the job instead of having players who can attack all through the lineup. My WC 15 for WI are Gayle,Edwards,Samuels,Darren Bravo,Sarwan/Chanderpaul,Dwayne Bravo,Charles,Sammy,Narine,Rampaul,Roach. with the backups being Walton,Russel,Holder and Best. Considering Andre's capability to extract bounce he can replace Sammy in AUS conditions if Sammy is ineffective with his bowling.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 7, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

I look forward to seeing Russell's return with the bat, hopefully he will be higher than 8 though . . .

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

WI should call up Evin Lewis TNT opener ........

Posted by DarkNecros on (January 7, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

true supporters of WI cricket would stand by them. I'm a Trinidadian and to hear comments on people about this is sickening. First of all if Ramdin made runs in the Test series, Johnson Charles is not a wicket-keeper, next thing Dwayne Smith only performs in local competition and IPL not internationally, People calling for Santokie and he has a bad action in bowling. Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy can't play on the same Test team, but can play in the other formats. It is better Sammy is ODI and T20 Captain and let Dwayne Bravo be Test Captain. Start to blood players cause just now Shiv, Gayle and others would be retiring. Wi selectors get your act together. Look at stats nt performances when picking a team.

Posted by Roysingh1972 on (January 7, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

I like New Zealand for this one, the batting for WI is not there, Chanderpaul would of made a difference! Thank you West Indies in advance, New Zealand would be dancing Gangman style, just as Bangladesh did when they defeat the WI in the ODI series. Every one beats WI, only Zimbabwe fail to beat them!

Posted by SamWintson92 on (January 7, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

a) WI could have included some key players. It's an absolute selection error. I feel Chanderpaul & Sarwan has roles to play in the WC 2015. b) Plus there's not much of a development of the younger batsman brigade. Adrian Barath & Jonathan Carter are also some options but they need to improve their domestic cricket record. c) Can't understand why there's no Dwayne Smith. He's a match winner. d) Kevon Cooper is another player, very useful death bowler & can hit down the order. e) In the bowling department, Krishmar Santokie & Sulieman Benn are missed. Also I've seen some good pacers in the CPL likes of Cotterell.

Posted by coolie on (January 7, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

I only hope Sarwon is taking notes on how to come back a la JR. Mr. Ryder, I miss your type of cricket... Welcome back sir.

Posted by wirus on (January 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Even this depleted WI side has enough skill, experience and talent to win this one match. All it would take is one batsman playing a great innings - 120+ runs and one other getting a 50, along with two bowlers bowling very tight and taking 3 wickets each - that's all. Four players to perform really well. But when last has that happened? Two bits of not so bad news are that Bravo has led with bat and ball (though he bats too low in the order) and Holder looks like he is just about ready to play international cricket. A 2-2 drawn series would be a success for this battered side. All it takes is for at least 4 players to play really well and they have a chance. Then get through the 2 T20 slog fests and they can go home. Then hopefully someone will tear up the script and start again.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Absence of Dwayne Smith from any format is a mystery.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

For the West Indians, and the Indians who follow them soon after, the word "SUMMER" is a misnomer, if not a cruel joke, in NZ!

Posted by irishhawks on (January 7, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

Oh Dinesh Ramdin..Bravo is encouraging you to play Caribbean style of cricket? U know what does tha mean? That does not mean you play wild slash to a delivery which is going to be called wide anyway] with your feet jammed in the crease and eventually nicking it to keeper! That does not mean you bowl at 90 mph without any direction and that certainly does not not mean playing just to survive...You really wanna know what does that mean..Courage...Commitment..Challenge

Posted by SamWintson92 on (January 7, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

My XI for 5th ODI:

NZ XI: 1 Guptill 2 Ryder 3 Williamson 4 Taylor 5 McCullum (C) 6 Anderson 7 Ronchi (WK) 8 Neesham 9 N McCullum 10 Southee 11 McClenaghan

WI XI: 1 Charles (WK) 2 Powell 3 Edwards 4 Simmons 5 Dw Bravo (C) 6 Russell 7 Deonarine 8 Rampaul (If fit)/Best 9 Miller 10 Narine 11 Holder

For WI: a) Top 4 should be Charles, Powell, Edwards and Simmons. Out and out batsman. b) Charles should keep wicket. c) No need to play bits and pieces players like Ramdin and Walton who don't have any sort of records to display their prowess. d) Russell should bat at 6. He can be a match winner. A big hitter played county cricket last English summer and hit many balls out of the park.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (January 7, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Not sure why Windies wants to have 3 keepers Charles, Ramdin and Walton in the playing 11. Don't they enough regular batsmen in group of islands who could represent Windies at top level? What happened to Adrian Barath, Dwayne Smith, Dale Richards, Jonathan Carter etc etc?

Posted by Raggie on (January 7, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

natural Caribbean style of cricket??? which is ? Mr. Ramdin that natural style of Caribbean is dead and buried long time ago. To revive WI cricket u should be dropped first of all along with your test captain Sammy

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