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10.00am Hello and welcome to the first day of international cricket in the 2013-14 New Zealand summer - it is also the first day of what promises to be a fascinating Test tussle between New Zealand and the West Indies. Avi Singh with you on commentary today alongside Venkat Raghav and Sanjay Murari on scoring duties to bring you all today's action.

10.05am The toss has taken place and first blood goes the way of the men from the Caribbean - Darren Sammy had no hesitation in electing to bowl, saying he had never seen so much grass on a wicket.

The West Indies line up as follows: 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Shane Shillingford, 10 Tino Best, 11 Shannon Gabriel.

So no space for Sunil Narine as Shane Shillingford plays whilst still awaiting the results of the testing on his bowling action; Shannon Gabriel beats out the left-armer Sheldon Cottrell for the second pace spot whilst Kraigg Brathwaite only landed in New Zealand yesterday so Kirk Edwards takes on opening duties.

The home team is as expected: 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 Peter Fulton, 3 Aaron Redmond, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Ish Sodhi, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.

Doug Bracewell is the pacer who misses out whilst Ish Sodhi plays as the sole spinner; Kane Williamson was ruled out yesterday due to his thumb so local player Aaron Redmond comes in for his first Test in five years and possibly offers another spin option with his underrated leggies.

10.15am Thick, tufty grass envelops the pitch and there are several green patches so there will be assistance for the bowlers from the pitch as well as the overhead conditions - our man at the University Oval in Dunedin, Andrew McGlashan, says it is more overcast than was forecast but that it should brighten up later on. The New Zealand top order can expect a thorough test in the first session or so but the Dunedin pitch tends to flatten out later in the day and as the Test progresses. There is also a quiet confidence that today will not be affected by rain!

10.20am First feedback of the day from our regular Mark Kidger: "New Zealand in the unaccustomed role of huge favourites here, but the West Indies are so unpredictable that anything could happen if they get a good start."

Mark Kidger: "New Zealand in the unaccustomed role of huge favourites here, but the West Indies are so unpredictable that anything could happen if they get a good start."

Ben: "Redmond's selection is a pretty strong message to Guptill and Brownlie that there won't be an easy path back into the NZ side. I'm not sure why the selectors didn't opt for Raval or MG Bracewell, who both look ready for selection in the top order." Not sure the latter pair have the weight of runs just yet to make a run at a Test spot

suresh: "If the test result for Shillingford comes during the match will he be allowed to bowl again ? or Will he not allowed to bowl doosra ?? It will be a major setback for WI !!!" The results are expected within a couple of weeks so he should be able to play this Test without issues

Andrew tells me there is a smattering of spectators on the grass banks which is a very pleasant scene, but notes it's a shame this game is starting on a Tuesday

10.25am Before we begin play do check out Andrew's match preview as well as all of his other feature pieces up on the home page.

10.30am Fulton to face up to Tino Best with Rutherford at the other end. We're all set!

0.1

Best to Fulton, no run, starts with a bustling delivery on middle and off which nipped into the pad on leg, possibly a thin inside edge as Best goes up straightaway but is turned down

0.2

Best to Fulton, 1 leg bye, slips this down leg, clips the pad off a good length and runs fine for the first run of the match

0.3

Best to Rutherford, 2 runs, Best still adjusting his line to cope with the left-right combination, here he strays on the pads and is clipped away through midwicket

0.4

Best to Rutherford, no run, fuller outside off and Rutherford offers a minimalist leave

0.5

Best to Rutherford, no run, this is a good length outside off and swings back a touch but Rutherford shoulders arms confidently

0.6

Best to Rutherford, 1 leg bye, short on leg and Rutherford basically wears one on the body despite the veneer of attempted evasion, he just turned his back on it and they take the leg-bye, didn't seem to pick the length up at all

End of over 1 (4 runs) New Zealand 4/0
HD Rutherford    2* (4b)      TL Best    1-0-2-0
PG Fulton    0* (2b)     

1.1

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, Gabriel starts with a gentle length ball on off which is safely defended under the eyes to off

1.2

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, shorter on leg and Rutherford tentatively jabbed at it and inside edged it into his pads where it hung around before eventually dropping to the floor

1.3

Gabriel to Rutherford, 1 run, shortish on leg and he is able to get inside the line enough to clip it past Powell at short leg

1.4

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, full outside off and Fulton drove uppishly but well wide of mid-off and it makes its way to the fence in leisurely fashion for the first runs of the day

1.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, clipped on the pad as he tries to flick it away on leg, thinks of a leg bye but short leg is alert

1.6

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, wide of off and Fulton leaves the good length delivery alone

Ben: "Redmond on his home track with runs under the belt would have been hard to ignore. Pretty sure management didn't want to gamble in an area we admit is our weakness. We're looking forward to what Tino Best turns up though! Hope it's the fiery one."

R Sawh: "Playing Shillingford is surprising to me: Not only would he be undoubtedly shaken by the recent testing he went through, but he did not arrive in New Zealand until very recently and has had no match practice since Sachin's 200th. On top of that, there is a more-than-capable substitute in Narine (and a third spinner in Permaul) and, most tellingly, the umpire that reported him (Llong) is standing in this test! As a West Indian, I'm hoping the gamble pays off!" Presumably Ottis Gibson wanted to display confidence in his bowler and this was the best way of doing that

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 9/0
PG Fulton    4* (5b 1x4)      ST Gabriel    1-0-5-0
HD Rutherford    3* (7b)      TL Best    1-0-2-0

2.1

Best to Rutherford, no run, lovely length from Best as he angles a good length ball across the left-hander who flashes a drive with no foot movement and doesn't make contact

2.2

Best to Rutherford, no run, better judgment from Rutherford as a fuller delivery close to off but outside is left alone

2.3

Best to Rutherford, no run, very full outside off and Rutherford jams down on it as it rolls to point

David : "Will be interesting to see if this pitch has much in it. Remember against England, they got rolled for not too much, but from then on it was really a dead pitch. Hoping for a bit more wear and tear"

2.4

Best to Rutherford, no run, another probing delivery around off stump angling across but Rutherford shows restraint in shouldering arms

2.5

Best to Rutherford, no run, shorter outside off and Rutherford hops to play down into the gully

2.6

Best to Rutherford, no run, this is a wilder ball delivered well wide of off and so full it hits the bowlers' footmarks and swerves appreciably through to Ramdin

The groundsman Tom Tamati has come out a couple of times to replace sawdust in the bowlers' landing areas

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 9/0
HD Rutherford    3* (13b)      TL Best    2-1-2-0
PG Fulton    4* (5b 1x4)      ST Gabriel    1-0-5-0

3.1

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, Fulton is forward to a full delivery outside off and defends

3.2

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, good length ball on middle and leg and is played down to short leg

Tomo: "Are any other New Zealanders worried about how we are going to take crucial wickets without KW?"

Shakib: "What is the ground capacity is terms of crowd attendance?" Capacity is 3400 but it's safe to say the ground is nowhere near full

3.3

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, full on middle and leg and nicely clipped away off the pads and despite the outfield not being particularly quick it makes it into the rope

3.4

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, shortish on off and came back in a touch with a bit of bounce and Fulton played it from the crease and kept it down as it raced away through the slips

3.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, short ball around off which Fulton defends back down the pitch

3.6

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, firm in defence to a good length ball on off

Gazwilliams108: "Is Tino really the best opening bowler for the West Indies? Surely not, with a bowling average over 39 after playing more than 20 tests." Kemar Roach is currently injured

End of over 4 (8 runs) New Zealand 17/0
PG Fulton    12* (11b 3x4)      ST Gabriel    2-0-13-0
HD Rutherford    3* (13b)      TL Best    2-1-2-0

Ben: "How many FC runs does Raval need before he's ready? He currently has 2587@41.06 compared to Rutherford with 2144@39.70. What made Rutherford more ready other than a father in the old boys club?"

R Sawh: "Food for thought - How would this team, comprised of players not in today's XI for whatever reason, stack up to this first test XI: Gayle, Braithwaite, Simmons, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo (c), Pollard, Walton (wk), Narine, Cotterell, Rampaul, Roach?" Would be an even contest - and Brendan Nash could be slotted in there as well

4.1

Best to Rutherford, no run, pushed through on middle and leg and Rutherford is a touch hurried in defence back to the bowler

4.2

Best to Rutherford, FOUR, full enough outside off without movement for Rutherford to drive with an open face through the covers on the up and that is well timed

4.3

Best to Rutherford, 2 runs, strays onto the pads with a half-volley and clipped away nicely through square leg

Shane Shillingford is currently off the field

4.4

Best to Rutherford, FOUR, beautiful punch off the front foot to an overpitched delivery outside off and the straight drive is executed excellently

4.5

Best to Rutherford, no run, good length on leg and played down in front of short leg

4.6

Best to Rutherford, no run, banged in down leg and Rutherford shuffles inside the line before shouldering arms

Jez Brown: "Absolutely no way Michael Bracewell or Jeet Raval are ready for NZ international duties, but they are two players who should look forward to a couple of years in the NZA team. Carl Cachopa, Martin Guptill, Aaron Redmond, Jesse Ryder, Tom Latham and Colin Munro are all ahead of them in the pecking order."

Vineet: "Can anyone tell me what happened to Jerome taylor? He is one genuine wicket taker who is completely ignored." Has had injury problems in the last fewy years

suresh: "Am still surprised with WI selectors why they are still picking Ramdin !! Whether WI cant produce a better keeper than him ?" He is under pressure from Chadwick Walton and possibly Carlton Baugh too

End of over 5 (10 runs) New Zealand 27/0
HD Rutherford    13* (19b 2x4)      TL Best    3-1-12-0
PG Fulton    12* (11b 3x4)      ST Gabriel    2-0-13-0

5.1

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, defends a good length ball which angles back in a touch

5.2

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, good length delivery outside off which straightens and bounces off the seam through to Ramdin as Fulton shoulders arms

5.3

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, stays in the crease and defends a full ball on off

5.4

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, back of a length angling into off and he uses his height to steer this down to safety

5.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, good length on middle and leg and played down again easily

David : "Been too easy so far for the NZ batsmen. They (especially Fulton) have just waited for the bad ball to come to them. Would be frustrating for the West Indies if they don't take a wicket in the next few overs."

5.6

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, Full on off and played back to the bowler as the fmaiden over makes its first appearance today

End of over 6 (maiden) New Zealand 27/0
PG Fulton    12* (17b 3x4)      ST Gabriel    3-1-13-0
HD Rutherford    13* (19b 2x4)      TL Best    3-1-12-0

Randy: "So we have Best and Gabriel who are fast and not much else; control and accuracy are the exception rather than the norm with these two. Sammy isn't going to be bowling a lot of overs as usual, and Shillingford will be under additional pressure from the moment the ball is tossed to him; it would be interesting to see what happens if the umpire calls him!" Speaking of Shillingford, he is back on the field

6.1

Best to Rutherford, no run, down leg and too wide for the attempted flamboyant flick to make contact

6.2

Best to Rutherford, no run, extremely wide outside off and he makes no attempt to reach that

6.3

Best to Rutherford, no run, good delivery outside off which Rutherford is hanging on the back foot to play before pulling his bat inside the line at the last moment

6.4

Best to Rutherford, no run, goes back to defend a good length delivery on middle

6.5

Best to Rutherford, no run, shortish on leg and Rutherford is awkward in playing it down to short leg

6.6

Best to Rutherford, no run, banged in down leg and Rutherford again tries to lift his arms and bat out of the way, a small noise as Best goes up, may have been thigh pad

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 27/0
HD Rutherford    13* (25b 2x4)      TL Best    4-2-12-0
PG Fulton    12* (17b 3x4)      ST Gabriel    3-1-13-0

7.1

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, left alone as the ball starts outside off and curves back in a touch but not enough to disturb the batsman's approach to the delivery

7.2

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, nips back in from outside off to clip the pads deep in the crease on middle and off as Fulton is stuck on the crease, no appeal forthcoming even though it may have been worth a shout

7.3

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, first runs for 16 deliveries after a rapid start this morning was briefly halted, full on off and clipped through midwicket with an angled blade with sufficient timing to collect a boundary

7.4

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, forward to defend a good length ball on off

7.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, full in the blockhole on middle and off and dug out by Fulton

7.6

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, inside edges the attempted work to leg from off stump to the midwicket fielder

Ethan: "@Ben, Redmond is currently the top runs scorer in Plunkett Sheild, as was so when Fulton was picked back out of the selection heap. Say what you want about the call, but Redmond's earned it, no old boys club here."

Namireddy: "Why don't WI have their ODI captain part of the Test Team by replacing Narsingh Deonarine, I don't understand the equation, can any one explain??"

Ben: "@ Ben: Rutherford benefitted from making big scores, both for Otago and for NZA. While Raval had been consistent he made a lot of 50's last year without converting many into 100's. Early signs this season suggest that Raval's gotten better at converting his starts (with 2 100's in his first two matches), so Rutherford will need to start making some runs."

Andy: "@Tomo. No I'm not as worried as I would have been if Martin had been our spinner. I can easily see Sodhi picking up more wickets and gaining more experience as the summer goes on. If need be then use Redmond's legspin or Taylor's offies if we get desperate."

End of over 8 (4 runs) New Zealand 31/0
PG Fulton    16* (23b 4x4)      ST Gabriel    4-1-17-0
HD Rutherford    13* (25b 2x4)      TL Best    4-2-12-0

8.1

Best to Rutherford, no run, wears another one on the body in the same fashion as Brian Close, simply lets it hit him on middle and leg as he doesn't really make much attempt to sway out of the way

8.2

Best to Rutherford, FOUR, releases the pressure with a short delivery wide of off, Rutherford flashes a cut which sends the ball screeching to the backward point boundary

8.3

Best to Rutherford, no run, short on off and rises appreciably, Rutherford hops this time and plays it down, he seems intent on trying to play every short delivery and appears to dislike ducking or swaying

8.4

Best to Rutherford, no run, short of a length on off and sails over the stumps as Rutherford shoulders arms

Santy: "Talking of Ramdin, does anyone remember Ridley Jacobs - I loved his keeping and the attitude he brought to the team and his batting too .." The West Indies' last consistent keeper-batsman

8.5

Best to Rutherford, no run, defended from the crease down the pitch

Shauntal: "@ Suresh - We are all surprised by Ramdin's continued selection, but the WICB aims to surprise. We do not want Baugh, we want someone more consistent that those two."

8.6

Best to Rutherford, 1 run, good length on the hips and tucked down to long leg

Matthew: "Whatever happened to Brendan Nash? I know he plays for Kent now, but I don't think he even plays domestic in West Indies anymore. He was decent and should still be in the Test XI."

Vineet: "'Best' cannot get the 'better' of any 'good' batsmen due to his 'poor' consistency in line and length."

Luke: "Interested to hear what Kiwi fans think of Rutherford opening now that he's played a few more tests. Take out that massive hundred on debut and he's averaging just over 20. People still excited about him?"

Some support for Denesh Ramdin, firstly from Larry Singh: "Tell suresh that ramdin continues to get picked because he is the best keeper in the west indies. He is not the best batsman but has scored more runs than the top order in his last TEST innings inclufing a century. Walton is a joke."

Stephon : "They are picking Ramdin because he is the best WICKETKEEPER in the region. His batting leaves a lot to be desired but he is the best gloveman by far."

End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 36/0
HD Rutherford    18* (31b 3x4)      TL Best    5-2-17-0
PG Fulton    16* (23b 4x4)      ST Gabriel    4-1-17-0

On comes the visiting skipper Darren Sammy

9.1

Sammy to Rutherford, FOUR, starts with a gentle loosener outside off which is beautifully eased off the face of the blade through the covers to the boundary

9.2

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, defends a straight delivery from the crease

9.3

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, defends a good length ball on off to cover

9.4

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, goes back and punches into the covers but finds the fielder

Josh Oliver: "The over rate is very slow! 8 overs in 43 minutes! What is this?! Should be going at 16 an hour?" 15 an hour but it is likely the extra half hour will be used

9.5

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, defends into the gully

9.6

Sammy to Rutherford, 3 runs, drifts onto the pads and clipped wide of midwicket as the ageless Chanderpaul gives chase and hauls it in to prevent the boundary

Steve: "Why have a Test start on a Tuesday?? At best it goes 5 days and you can maybe get a decent crowd on the final day. Better to start on a Thursday, and make the most of the Sat/Sun crowds." It's a good question - the next two Tests are starting on Wednesday and Thursday respectively at least

End of over 10 (7 runs) New Zealand 43/0
HD Rutherford    25* (37b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-7-0
PG Fulton    16* (23b 4x4)      TL Best    5-2-17-0

10.1

Best to Rutherford, no run, banged in outside off but it doesn't get up really as Rutherford drops the hands

Akash: "@Namireddy - Simple. As a Trini and avid WI follower, Narsingh plays more FC cricket, is more committed to the cause and has the record to show for it to justify coming in. Dwayne Bravo doesn't play any FC and has no real FC record to talk about. Further, his commitment to our Test team has always been patchy at best. Simple."

David : "West Indies don't want to give too much away to NZ now. If they are not going to take a wicket, they cannot let NZ get too far away from them in the first session."

10.2

Best to Rutherford, no run, short and wide outside off and cut firmly but straight to point

Brad: "Denesh Ramdin is by far the best test wicketkeeper/batsman in the Caribbean. They criticize Ramdin but the others are FAR worse"

Errol Erskine: "Well the ODI captain don't bowl well anymore and he hardly gets runs and we know he will not 'stay there' and Deonarine is in a bit of form."

Shauntal: "@ Santy - I totally agree about Ridley, he was a great cricketer, he was committed and the team could always depend on both is batting and keeping. Since then the selectors have been grasping in the dark."

10.3

Best to Rutherford, no run, defends a good length ball on leg down to the side of the block

Arsalan disagrees with those not in favour of Dwayne Bravo's Test credentials: "I think WI should bring in Bravo as the test captain and play him at the number 6 spot. That would allow them to play a regular bowler instead of Sammy, who's been pretty ordinary with the bat in Test matches."

10.4

Best to Rutherford, 2 runs, full outside off and driven nicely past mid-off and he wants to come back for a third but loses his footing completely and they have to settle for a couple

Ben R: "I wonder if Hamish is looking to exorcise some of his dad's demons and put the Windies to the sword? The motivation of exacting a bit of payback for the family name might be just the thing to get him back into some form." Not sure scoring runs against this attack can compensate for facing Marshall, Holding, Garner, Roberts, Croft, Patterson, Bishop, Ambrose, Walsh (I could go on and on!)...

10.5

Best to Rutherford, no run, pushed through outside off and left alone

10.6

Best to Rutherford, no run, angled through outside off and left alone

Shauntal: "I guess Stephon and Larry are basically saying that Ramdin is the best of the worst"

R Sawh: "@Namireddy: Deonarine was consistent for the A team during their recent Indian tour, and is considered a more solid batsman than Dwayne Bravo (who seems to have become restricted to limited overs cricket - he hasn't played a test since 2010). Also, Bravo's game is very similar to Sammy's, so having them both might not be particularly helpful (and Sammy is a fixture in the team). Personally, Deonarine has been disappointing - he has a ton of talent, and ought to have kicked on as an heir to Shiv's #5 slot. My feeling is that the run he is getting currently is a chance for him to claim that role."

Rewi: "@ Luke: NZ fans are a bit wary about Rutherford in the same way that Aussie fans may have been wary about Hughes. Even when he's scoring runs, his method of driving good length balls on the up is exciting but historically doesn't work against tall bowlers or anyone who gets movement, really. I'm not sure if he'll adapt to only driving the fuller balls or not. I'm certainly pleased that they've brought another opener into the squad, anyway."

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 45/0
HD Rutherford    27* (43b 4x4)      TL Best    6-2-19-0
PG Fulton    16* (23b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-7-0

11.1

Sammy to Fulton, no run, shapes away outside off as Fulton leaves a full delivery alone

11.2

Sammy to Fulton, no run, defends on off securely as a full ball poses little danger

Steve: "To respond to Luke I like the current NZ selection policy of having youth (Rutherford) mixed with the experience of Fulton. Rutherford has potential and playing him with an older wise head now will be good for him in the long run. Once he has 25 tests under his belt then NZ can bring a new younger player through to take Fulton's place"

Scott: "Why isn't Dean Brownlie playing? Is he injured? Out of form? No mention of him from any of the other commenters." On the fringes at the moment

Arsalan Ahmed has a left-field solution to West Indies' wicketkeeping woes: "The wicketkeeper batsman problem still remains WI's biggest concern. They should probably try bringing in Simmons as the gloveman. Will atleast add some stability to the batting line up."

11.3

Sammy to Fulton, no run, goes back and mistimes an attempted cut into the off side

11.4

Sammy to Fulton, no run, forward on off to defend solidly

11.5

Sammy to Fulton, no run, defends again a delivery around the line of off stump

11.6

Sammy to Fulton, no run, good length outside off with a bit of nip away and played into the off side as drinks arrive

The first hour has gone convincingly in favour of the home side, who have looked largely untroubled against an attack which has been fairly pedestrian (in addition to being tardy), failing to take advantage of the helpful conditions on offer as they have struggled to find a consistent line and length

End of over 12 (maiden) New Zealand 45/0
PG Fulton    16* (29b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    2-1-7-0
HD Rutherford    27* (43b 4x4)      TL Best    6-2-19-0

Jay: "@Luke - I like that NZ are giving Fulton and Rutherford an extended period as the opening pair. If you compare them to other combinations, it is the best we have had in a long time. Re Rutherfords average - you are right, it is pretty poor since the 171 - however he seems to be getting starts which is promising. However, if he doens't deliver in this serious, or the Indian I think he will be gone."

Troy: "@Luke Yes, I still like having Rutherford there. A positive, for him, is that even though he isn't averaging high he is at least getting 20s, 30s and 40s, rather than the 1s and 10s many other NZ openers have scored. He's showing a lot of promise and just needs to start converting."

Blunt: "Rutherford is a very decent prospect, he needs time and deserves to be persevered with. NZ has a history of chopping and changing and it's not conducive to building a good side. We are a long way from having a good side of course, but there is lots of talent coming through, if treated right and with time and minimal administrator interferences who knows what could happen."

Kent is Here: "It still befuddles me that Papps has not been Looked at, the mention of Raval knocking on the door/putting pressure on Rutherford/Fulton is fair but Papps is a definate! Hes already knocked down the door, its just that hes so Short, no ones noticed him inside. Forget Age, we have for Shiv and Sachin."

Andrew: "Take away Rutherfords debut his numbers haven't been great but he has been part of a successful opening combination. He & Fulton have consistently put together solid opening partnerships, something NZ hasn't done since the 80s. Rutherford will only get better and I'm still very excited about him."

Gabriel returns to replace Best who never cranked it up beyond 145kph in his first spell in addition to bowling an allsorts mixture of deliveries

12.1

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, around the wicket to the left hander and it naturally angles in from a good length and he defends back down the pitch

12.2

Gabriel to Rutherford, 2 runs, delivers from very wide of the crease and the angle takes it down leg as he clips it off the pads past midwicket for a couple

12.3

Gabriel to Rutherford, FOUR, again the round-the-wicket angle takes this down leg and the good length delivery is tucked off the hips behind square to the boundary as the 50 is up for the home side without loss

12.4

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, defends a back of a length ball on leg down after Gabriel ended the brief and unsuccessful experiment from around the wicket

12.5

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, keeps a touch low on leg and Rutherford crouches a touch to defend

Stephon: "West Indies never had a Gilchrist/Sangakkara type. Wicketkeeping is a specialist position and Ramdin should be judged on his glovework. With the decline of WI batsmen doh, we are depending on Ramdin for runs. That's the problem NOT Ramdin"

12.6

Gabriel to Rutherford, FOUR, long hop outside off and Rutherford cuts fiercely through point aerially but in the gap to punish the poor delivery

End of over 13 (10 runs) New Zealand 55/0
HD Rutherford    37* (49b 6x4)      ST Gabriel    5-1-27-0
PG Fulton    16* (29b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    2-1-7-0

13.1

Sammy to Fulton, no run, outside off and a hint of away movement as Fulton leaves alone

13.2

Sammy to Fulton, no run, pulls the length back a touch but the line is still outside off and he leaves it alone again

13.3

Sammy to Fulton, FOUR, finally the patience runs out but the bowler doesn't have the fielders to capitalise, as the captain Sammy can only admonish himself, fullish outside off and nipping away a touch, induced a thick edge which flew past an outstretched second slip but would have been in third slip's breadbasket

13.4

Sammy to Fulton, no run, offers no stroke to a good length ball comfortably outside off

13.5

Sammy to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off as it angles away off a good length

13.6

Sammy to Fulton, no run, again leaves alone a good length delivery outside off, Sammy is now aware that the fuller one may provide an opportunity

Andrew: "Regarding Brownlie: I reckon the WI warm up was used as a shoot out between Redmond and Brownlie for the number 3 spot. Redmond looked better in that game, and lo-and-behold, he is in the test."

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 59/0
PG Fulton    20* (35b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    3-1-11-0
HD Rutherford    37* (49b 6x4)      ST Gabriel    5-1-27-0

14.1

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, strays down leg and the attempted flick can't catch up

David : "This West Indies attack is lacking in venom and discipline. They have had several decent deliveries to both batsmen (good short balls to Rutherford), but have been way too loose to build up any pressure. This could get bad for them really quickly. Hussain 2002 anyone?" A good summary of the play so far

14.2

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, beaten outside off with a good length ball probing around off and angling across, Rutherford pushed forward and felt for it

14.3

Gabriel to Rutherford, FOUR, finds the middle with a crisp front foot punch to a fuller ball on off which scorches past mid-off

14.4

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, drifts down leg with another wayward delivery as the visitors have failed to sustain any pressure today after winning the toss

14.5

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, goes back and defends from the crease with ease

14.6

Gabriel to Rutherford, no run, played down to midwicket off leg stump

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 63/0
HD Rutherford    41* (55b 7x4)      ST Gabriel    6-1-31-0
PG Fulton    20* (35b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    3-1-11-0

15.1

Sammy to Fulton, no run, good ball on middle and off angling away a touch as Fulton is trapped on the crease while defending

15.2

Sammy to Fulton, no run, goes back in the crease and defends outside off

15.3

Sammy to Fulton, no run, beaten this time as Sammy finds the right line, zips away sharply from middle past the outside edge but Fulton did well to play inside the line there

15.4

Sammy to Fulton, no run, gets forward this time to get on top of the bounce outside off

15.5

Sammy to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off

15.6

Sammy to Fulton, 1 leg bye, on the pads and misses the flick, rolls square and they rush through

End of over 16 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 64/0
PG Fulton    20* (41b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    4-2-11-0
HD Rutherford    41* (55b 7x4)      ST Gabriel    6-1-31-0

16.1

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, very short, very wide of off, very much left alone

16.2

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, similar delivery except that this was much fuller

16.3

Gabriel to Fulton, 2 runs, better ball as it is full and angling into middle, Fulton stabs it behind square on the leg side

16.4

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, leaves alone a good length ball on sixth stump line

David : "It is quite indicative of the state of the bowling that these two have not really been rotating the strike at all, and yet there has been little pressure built up at all. Peter Fulton has scored all his runs in boundaries!" Indeed, they haven't needed to rotate with the number of boundary balls being offered up

16.5

Gabriel to Fulton, 2 runs, on the pads and clipped through midwicket for his first non-boundary runs as they can only scamper a couple

16.6

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, reaches for a length ball outside off and lashes a cut to gully

End of over 17 (4 runs) New Zealand 68/0
PG Fulton    24* (47b 5x4)      ST Gabriel    7-1-35-0
HD Rutherford    41* (55b 7x4)      DJG Sammy    4-2-11-0

17.1

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, pushed through well wide of off and Rutherford throws the hands at it without making contact, a touch loose

17.2

Sammy to Rutherford, 2 runs, thickish outside edge to a full ball outside off which goes through Samuels at gully after bouncing several times before getting to him

tonyp: "People *still* going on about Hussain 2002? That might not have been such a bad call if the head of the English attack hadn't wrenched his knee and ended his test career in the first hour of play. If that happened to Anderson now England would be stuffed, ditto South Africa if it happened to Steyn. Hussain was spectacularly unlucky. WI don't have the same excuse."

17.3

Sammy to Rutherford, FOUR, full outside off and he tries to smoke it through cover but it hits the lower half of the bat and beats mid-off nevertheless and rushes away to the rope

17.4

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, better stroke which went where it was intended to go but the firm drive to a full ball finds mid-off

17.5

Sammy to Rutherford, FOUR, short and wide outside off, too easy for Rutherford who cuts powerfully to the rope to bring up a brisk 60-ball half-century having taken advantage of some loose bowling in the opening hour and a half

17.6

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, defends on off and the ball almost rolls back onto the stumps before Rutherford gets his feet in the way

Elop: "I agree with Stephen. A wicketkeeper should be judged primarily based on his glovework. West Indies top 5 need to take more responsibility of setting up a good foundation and not throwing their wickets away."

End of over 18 (10 runs) New Zealand 78/0
HD Rutherford    51* (61b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    5-2-21-0
PG Fulton    24* (47b 5x4)      ST Gabriel    7-1-35-0

Andrew McGlashan, in position for us at the University Oval, says that he feels like he's been here before...Rutherford thrashing it in Dunedin alongside Fulton!

On comes West Indies' most successful bowler in their recent Test series in India, Shane Shillingford

18.1

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, gets forward to defend on off first up

18.2

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, again forward and defends on middle under the eyes

18.3

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, Fulton uses his reach on middle to defend comfortably once more

18.4

Shillingford to Fulton, 2 runs, on off and gives Fulton the space to free his arms and work through midwicket wide of the sweeper who is at backward square for a couple

18.5

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends on middle and leg with firm intent

18.6

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, clipped to midwicket with the turn, quiet first over from Shillingford

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 80/0
PG Fulton    26* (53b 5x4)      S Shillingford    1-0-2-0
HD Rutherford    51* (61b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    5-2-21-0

19.1

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, full on middle and leg and mistimes the on drive back down the wicket

19.2

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, angles in a touch from outside off and jammed to gully

19.3

Sammy to Rutherford, no run, defends solidly on off back down the pitch

Rewi: "In Sammy's defence, the pitch did look spectacularly grassy, and unless you're a local it would've been very easy to be suckered into bowling first. Also, the seam position from the pace bowlers - particularly Gabriel - hasn't been good enough to extract any little movement that may be on offer. The true test will be when Boult bowls as he usually presents the seam immaculately." This pitch has offered bounce and movement if the bowlers were willing to locate their line and length appropriately, but West Indies have served up too many short and wide deliveries

19.4

Sammy to Rutherford, 1 run, full on off and he drives with a thickish outside edge out to deep point

19.5

Sammy to Fulton, no run, props forward to defend on off

19.6

Sammy to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off as it shapes away a touch

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 81/0
PG Fulton    26* (55b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    6-2-22-0
HD Rutherford    52* (65b 9x4)      S Shillingford    1-0-2-0

20.1

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, goes back and defends as Shillingford is round the wicket to the leftie

20.2

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, props forward to defend outside off

20.3

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, skids on from a goodish length and Rutherford is hurried into defence

20.4

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, fuller outside off and left alone as it skids through, possibly the doosra there

20.5

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, hangs back in the crease and plays a non-committal push to off after waiting for some turn

20.6

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, waits in the crease and shuffles across to defend on off

End of over 21 (maiden) New Zealand 81/0
HD Rutherford    52* (71b 9x4)      S Shillingford    2-1-2-0
PG Fulton    26* (55b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    6-2-22-0

21.1

Sammy to Fulton, FOUR, full on off and punched nicely past the bowler down to the rope at long-off

21.2

Sammy to Fulton, no run, this one skids back in from a good length and strikes the pads on leg before the ball plops adjacent to the stumps

21.3

Sammy to Fulton, no run, angled back in again and this rises over the top of off stump, not sure that leave was totally assured as the previous ones have usually been

21.4

Sammy to Fulton, no run, pulls his length back a bit and he defends to midwicket with an angled blade

gibbo: "@Rewi. Surely the captain speaks with the head groundsman and looks at the history of the pitch before making a decision. I don't go with whites of eyes decisions based on a green top." Sammy was very eager to communicate his intent to bowl after calling correctly at the toss and seemed rather enchanted by the green patches on the strip

21.5

Sammy to Fulton, no run, Again he is forward to defend on off

21.6

Sammy to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off as it shapes away a touch

Randy: "Maybe WI can sneak in Ian Bishop from the commentary booth to replace Best or Gabriel, he can't do much worse!" As an aside Tony Cozier hasn't been heard on either radio or television commentary as yet

End of over 22 (4 runs) New Zealand 85/0
PG Fulton    30* (61b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    7-2-26-0
HD Rutherford    52* (71b 9x4)      S Shillingford    2-1-2-0

22.1

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, forward to defend on off

22.2

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, goes back and punches a cut to point

22.3

Shillingford to Rutherford, SIX, a mere chip to a full ball on middle goes over the boundary at cow corner, stroked really with no hint of power imparted on the shot, first six today

22.4

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, defended solidly

22.5

Shillingford to Rutherford, FOUR, clipped aerially over the head of midwicket and it rushes away to the boundary

22.6

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, forward on the stumps to defend once more

Jared: "Wicket keepers are no longer judged on keeping. They are required to score runs like the batsmen and the only difference is they field behind the stumps with gloves. The athleticism of the modern players now are expected to able to field and do it well, the keeper is no different he must score runs. To prove this point the best wicket keepers are those that score runs MSD, Gilchrist, De Villiers and Boucher"

End of over 23 (10 runs) New Zealand 95/0
HD Rutherford    62* (77b 10x4 1x6)      S Shillingford    3-1-12-0
PG Fulton    30* (61b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    7-2-26-0

23.1

Sammy to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off as it shapes away

23.2

Sammy to Fulton, no run, goes back and punches to mid-off

23.3

Sammy to Fulton, no run, again is not forced to play as the delivery passes by well wide of off stump

23.4

Sammy to Fulton, no run, rather throws the hands into a drive to a full ball on off and as a result the stroke suffers for timing

23.5

Sammy to Fulton, no run, nips back in from a good length and clips the pads above the kneeroll on middle and leg

23.6

Sammy to Fulton, no run, gentle length ball outside off and left alone once more

Michael: "Good to see NZ off to a good start and all but it's a bit concerning to see the batsman fall into the mentality of scoring runs in boundaries. Being able to pick up 1's and 2's is what separates teams when conditions and/or confidence eventually turns."

End of over 24 (maiden) New Zealand 95/0
PG Fulton    30* (67b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    8-3-26-0
HD Rutherford    62* (77b 10x4 1x6)      S Shillingford    3-1-12-0

24.1

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, goes back in the crease to defend

24.2

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, left alone outside off confidently as he watches the turn closely

24.3

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, opens up a touch to drive to mid-off

24.4

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, forward on off to defend to leg

24.5

Shillingford to Rutherford, no run, gets forward again to defend solidly on off

24.6

Shillingford to Rutherford, OUT, what a stunner! New Zealand lose their first wicket a few minutes before lunch, it was tossed up on off, Rutherford went for the loft that brought him a six last over, he hit it out of the middle but hoisted it high rather than far, Deonarine was stationed at a three-quarters long-on but was nevertheless forced into backpedalling and the ball appeared to be likely to fall behind him until he stuck his right hand out behind his shoulder and the ball stuck as Deonarine tumbled over in controlled fashion, if that doesn't inspire the visitors nothing will, outstanding fielding

HD Rutherford c Deonarine b Shillingford 62 (114m 83b 10x4 1x6) SR: 74.69

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 95/1
     S Shillingford    4-2-12-1
PG Fulton    30* (67b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    8-3-26-0

Aaron Redmond to face his first ball in Tests in five years

25.1

Sammy to Redmond, no run, confidently times a drive to the left of cover who makes a partial stop which prevents a single

25.2

Sammy to Redmond, no run, left alone outside off

25.3

Sammy to Redmond, no run, again leaves a good length ball on a sixth stump line

25.4

Sammy to Redmond, no run, defends a fuller ball on off from the crease down the pitch

25.5

Sammy to Redmond, no run, short outside off and cut straight to point

Akash: "@Jared - to be fair, not everyone will be blessed with such an all-round keeper. Given our population size, we've done well and consider also that Ramdin has been great with the bat in the last year and a bit...his numbers are improving so ease off a bit"

Morten Kriek: "@Jared: What is "I score runs every once in a blue moon - Boucher" doing in your list of great keepers who score runs? He had a few decent outings, that's it. Great keeper though. Once that's missing from your list, although currently out of form, is Matt Prior."

25.6

Sammy to Redmond, FOUR, overpitched on the pads and Redmond makes his first Test runs in five years with a delectable flick off the pads which scuds over the outfield to the rope

End of over 26 (4 runs) New Zealand 99/1
AJ Redmond    4* (6b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    9-3-30-0
PG Fulton    30* (67b 6x4)      S Shillingford    4-2-12-1

26.1

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends on middle and off under the eyes

26.2

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, gets forward to defend on off once more, Shillingford making the batsmen play regularly

26.3

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, takes this from outside off and plays his peculiar bottom-handed flick drive to mid-on

26.4

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, gets forward to defend to off

Mark: "I think the point Jared is that wicket keeping ability should be the biggest factor in selecting a wicketkeeper. Granted they are expected to score runs these days. If, however, one keeper averages 10 runs more than another but his glovework means that he is likely to miss one or two more dismissals in a match as well as give up more byes and release pressure, are those extra runs worth more than the runs and confidence the opposition get from exta let-offs. Generally I'd say no. The batting arguement only really holds when you have two keepers of similar keeping ability."

Shillingford comes round the wicket to the right hander

26.5

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends on off as it angles across

Santy: "@those who are bashing Sammy to insert the opposition: there was a recent article on Cricinfo stating there is no obvious advantage to batting 1st or 2nd. So just accept that in "most" cases it is up to the players to play well in the given conditions"

Dave: "NZ continuing their unhappy trend of losing wickets just prior to an adjournment. Also Rutherford...what a great starter he is, but once again fails to go on with it. As a supporter it is frustrating to see these patterns not being corrected."

Jez Brown: "Aaron Redmond's first ever test in New Zealand. A man who made 83 in his last test."

26.6

Shillingford to Fulton, 1 run, defends with the outer edge through the second slip region as both the New Zealand 100 and lunch arrive simultaneously

West Indies were profligate this morning with the new ball as Rutherford and Fulton took advantage, but Rutherford, who had looked comfortable aside from a couple of well-directed bouncers, threw a start away shortly before lunch as Narsingh Deonarine pulled off a screamer at long-on to give his side some hope. Join us at 1.10pm for the second session to see whether the visitors can make further inroads or if the home side continue to build an impressive platform.

End of over 27 (1 run) New Zealand 100/1
PG Fulton    31* (73b 6x4)      S Shillingford    5-2-13-1
AJ Redmond    4* (6b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    9-3-30-0

Welcome back after lunch. Some more feedback coming through during the break. mngc: "Ramdin returned to tests in 2012 after being dropped for 2 years. His test average since is 50, bettered only by Shiv and Samuels, better than Gayle, Powell, Bravo, Sammy and Deonarine against the same opposition."

Andrei: "As good as 100/1 seems, three failings are evident from the first session: 1) inability to turn over the strike and capitalise of L-R combination (not once by Fulton in 120 mins); 2) reliance on boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving; 3) losing a wicket 5 minutes from a break. Anyone who follows NZ cricket closely will recognise these failings are deeply-engrained - examine any domestic scoreboard)."

Carson: "WI needs to realise that no matter what a team does in a test match if they cannot take 20 opposition wickets then they can never win. It is time WI stop going into a match with 3 front line bowlers and Sammy. Sammy is a good guy but he is not a strike bowler suitable for a test match. His average of 35.66 before this game is not the worst but he has taken only 77 wickets in the 61 innings he has bowled in. That is 1.26 wickets per innings. Approximately 2.5 wickets per match. His strike rate is over 70. Tino best has even worse figures taking 49 wickets in 40 innings - 1.22 wickets per innings. If your four strike bowlers gave u 2.5 wickets per match that would just be enough to bowl out the opposition for one innings. Commonsense would tell us that Best and Sammy need to go."

Tino Best to open up after lunch, his captain will be hoping he can exercise some control and force a mistake from the batsmen

27.1

Best to Fulton, no run, bowls a very short ball outside off which lollops through to the keeper at a glacial pace

27.2

Best to Fulton, no run, back of a length on off and defended into the covers

27.3

Best to Fulton, no run, clips the thigh pad on leg as he shuffled across to try and work a length ball away

27.4

Best to Fulton, no run, that is well bowled, short outside off and nips back in sharply and Fulton does well to drop the hands and lean out of the way as the ball fizzes past

27.5

Best to Fulton, no run, good length outside off and too wide to induce any temptation from the rather inscrutable Fulton

27.6

Best to Fulton, no run, outside off and angles in from a good length but not enough to make Fulton reconsider his decision to shoulder arms

End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 100/1
PG Fulton    31* (79b 6x4)      TL Best    7-3-19-0
AJ Redmond    4* (6b 1x4)      S Shillingford    5-2-13-1

28.1

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, gets forward to defend on off

28.2

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, goes back in the crease to a good length ball and defends

28.3

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, goes back and plays it down off the back foot to Kieran Powell at short leg

28.4

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, gets forward this time to defend

28.5

Shillingford to Redmond, 1 run, worked behind square

28.6

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends on middle and off

KJ: "Can anyone tell me if the non facing batsman at the end of a session becomes the facing batsman for the first ball of the new session? If so according to the commentary Redmond should have faced the first delivery after lunch - just interested...." Fulton took a single off the last ball before lunch

End of over 29 (1 run) New Zealand 101/1
PG Fulton    31* (80b 6x4)      S Shillingford    6-2-14-1
AJ Redmond    5* (11b 1x4)      TL Best    7-3-19-0

29.1

Best to Redmond, no run, banged in on middle and leg and it doesn't scoot through but Redmond opts for caution and ducks under anyway

29.2

Best to Redmond, no run, banged in again as this one again doesn't really go through at great pace but Redmond is again content to duck

29.3

Best to Redmond, FOUR, crunching cover drive off the front foot to a full ball outside off as Redmond seizes on the misplaced length

29.4

Best to Redmond, no run, this short ball goes through at 140kph and Redmond was indecisive as to whether to play or leave and ends up being clipped on the shoulder as he tried to defend

29.5

Best to Redmond, no run, back of a length on off and defends firmly back to the bowler

29.6

Best to Redmond, FOUR, short, wide, seized upon by Redmond who cuts uppishly through backward point down to the rope as again West Indies release any pressure with a loose delivery

End of over 30 (8 runs) New Zealand 109/1
AJ Redmond    13* (17b 3x4)      TL Best    8-3-27-0
PG Fulton    31* (80b 6x4)      S Shillingford    6-2-14-1

30.1

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, props forward on off to defend

30.2

Shillingford to Fulton, 1 leg bye, bit of turn there as Fulton tries to defend but is clipped on the pad and it pops high over short leg as they run a leg bye

30.3

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, very full on off and dug out into the covers

30.4

Shillingford to Redmond, 1 run, goes back and gets inside the line of a ball heading down leg to clip to deep backward square as the score reaches the late David Shepherd's favourite number

30.5

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, gets forward to defend on off

30.6

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, moves across and watches the tossed up delivery closely before deadbatting on off

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 111/1
PG Fulton    31* (84b 6x4)      S Shillingford    7-2-15-1
AJ Redmond    14* (19b 3x4)      TL Best    8-3-27-0

31.1

Best to Redmond, 2 runs, drives with the inner half of the blade through midwicket as he was intending to place the ball between mid-off and cover

31.2

Best to Redmond, 2 runs, again allows Redmond to free his arms and cut past point for a couple

31.3

Best to Redmond, 1 run, angled into the pads and clipped in front of square

31.4

Best to Fulton, no run, shortish outside off and extracts some bounce as it heads through to Ramdin behind the sticks at head height

31.5

Best to Fulton, no run, leaves alone a length ball outside off angling in from wide of the crease

Donald: "Carson, while you raise a fair point regarding bowling potency, you give Tino Best a bit of a raw deal. If you look only at his statistics since his return to test cricket in 2012, he averages 27 with the ball and 49 with the bat: a true allrounder!"

31.6

Best to Fulton, no run, hops back and defends down the pitch, Best at the moment hitting between 135kph and 140kph so the speed is nothing electric

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 116/1
PG Fulton    31* (87b 6x4)      TL Best    9-3-32-0
AJ Redmond    19* (22b 3x4)      S Shillingford    7-2-15-1

32.1

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, Redmond comes forward with certainty and defends nicely

32.2

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, again defended under the eyes to off

32.3

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, forward once more on off and defends back down the pitch

32.4

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, Redmond remains content to defend once more on off

32.5

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, on middle this time and Redmond again shows no sign of aggression

32.6

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, on leg and safely played down

End of over 33 (maiden) New Zealand 116/1
AJ Redmond    19* (28b 3x4)      S Shillingford    8-3-15-1
PG Fulton    31* (87b 6x4)      TL Best    9-3-32-0

33.1

Best to Fulton, no run, goes back and punches to point who runs around

33.2

Best to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off as Best again extracts some bounce from the wicket

33.3

Best to Fulton, no run, outside off and Fulton was almost tempted in feeling for it before drawing the bat inside the line late

Jonesy: "There has been a lot of talk about the WI keeper but NZ is in the same boat. Watling is a converted keeper who is in the side primarily because he can bat in the middle/lower order and solidify our fragile top order. He is not the best keeper in the country but is probably the best of the keepers when it comes to batting. Don't think the selectors have picked him for his keeping first."

33.4

Best to Fulton, no run, hangs back in the crease and defends to off

33.5

Best to Fulton, no run, this zips back in off the seam at 137kph and takes the inside edge en route to the groin area, much better area from Best

33.6

Best to Fulton, no run, defends on off as Best located a better line and length in that over

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 116/1
PG Fulton    31* (93b 6x4)      TL Best    10-4-32-0
AJ Redmond    19* (28b 3x4)      S Shillingford    8-3-15-1

34.1

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, goes back and across and defends on leg

34.2

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, this is tossed up outside off and spins back in, Redmond nicely angles it towards third man but Sammy at slip dives well with his right hand to cut it off

34.3

Shillingford to Redmond, no run, defends off the stumps to leg

34.4

Shillingford to Redmond, 1 run, goes back and clips off the hips behind square on the leg side

Jamie Gracie: "I think this is where Fulton struggles. He hasn't scored a run since lunch. He needs to rotate the strike to take the pressure off the other batsmen."

34.5

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, forward on off to defend

34.6

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, down leg this time and Fulton defends in front of the pad again

End of over 35 (1 run) New Zealand 117/1
PG Fulton    31* (95b 6x4)      S Shillingford    9-3-16-1
AJ Redmond    20* (32b 3x4)      TL Best    10-4-32-0

35.1

Best to Redmond, no run, short down leg and going further down as Ramdin does well to pull off a one-handed take

Ben: "@Donald, Best's bowling figures since his return are skewed by his 12 wickets against Bangladesh. If you take those out, he has averaged well over 40 since his return."

35.2

Best to Redmond, OUT, soft dismissal and not Best's best delivery but it earns him a wicket, it was good length on middle and leg and Redmond looked to work to leg but got a thick leading edge which picked out the gully fielder with pinpoint accuracy

AJ Redmond c Samuels b Best 20 (41m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.82

35.3

Best to Taylor, 2 runs, shortish outside off and chopped down through backward point to open his account immediately

35.4

Best to Taylor, no run, Taylor waits in the crease and defends a 139kph good length ball on middle

35.5

Best to Taylor, no run, zipped off the seam from middle and off and clips the back leg on off stump as it ricochets to gully, too high for an lbw shout

35.6

Best to Taylor, no run, good over from Best is concluded by a probing bouncer which Taylor has to sway out of the line of

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 119/2
LRPL Taylor    2* (4b)      TL Best    11-4-34-1
PG Fulton    31* (95b 6x4)      S Shillingford    9-3-16-1

36.1

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, goes back and defends to leg

36.2

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, tucked off the hips to short leg

36.3

Shillingford to Fulton, 1 run, goes back and punches down to a very deep mid-on for Fulton's first post-lunch run

36.4

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, shuffles across and works with the turn to midwicket

36.5

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, gets forward to defend to off

36.6

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, pushed through on middle and off and defended to the bowler

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 120/2
LRPL Taylor    2* (7b)      S Shillingford    10-3-17-1
PG Fulton    32* (98b 6x4)      TL Best    11-4-34-1

37.1

Best to Fulton, no run, defends on off nicely under the eyes

37.2

Best to Fulton, no run, gets on top of the bounce generated by a length ball on off and defends securely

37.3

Best to Fulton, no run, gets well forward to defend a full ball on middle and off

37.4

Best to Fulton, 1 run, angled in from wide of the crease and the good length ball is tapped down square on the leg side

37.5

Best to Taylor, no run, goes back and mistimes a cut to backward point

alaithiran: "@Ben Recent evidence suggests that Bangladesh are equal to New Zealand in Tests and better than them in ODIs. It's no longer correct to just write off Bangladesh and ignore them when talking stats."

Douglas: "In Maori, "Tino" is an intensifier, like "very", so the New Zealanders subconsciously regard Tino Best as the very best bowler in the world. Hence their meek dismissals."

37.6

Best to Taylor, FOUR, Best has bowled with pace and accuracy after lunch, banged in on off and Taylor hopped up to try and ride the bounce, it smacked into the gloves and it popped up and ballooned over the diving second and third slips just out of their reach

End of over 38 (5 runs) New Zealand 125/2
LRPL Taylor    6* (9b 1x4)      TL Best    12-4-39-1
PG Fulton    33* (102b 6x4)      S Shillingford    10-3-17-1

38.1

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends into the covers

38.2

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, again moves across and defends to off against the angle

38.3

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends with an open face as Shillingford tries to slide it across Fulton

38.4

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, plays softly down on middle and off

38.5

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, gets forward to defend once more

38.6

Shillingford to Fulton, 1 run, driven to the left of midwicket who can only parry it and allows them a single

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 126/2
PG Fulton    34* (108b 6x4)      S Shillingford    11-3-18-1
LRPL Taylor    6* (9b 1x4)      TL Best    12-4-39-1

39.1

Best to Fulton, 1 run, good length on leg and clipped off the hips backward of square

39.2

Best to Taylor, FOUR, full on off and Taylor crouches before punching through mid-on with sublime timing and finds the fence

sam : "keeping wicket isn't as important for a New Zealand team due to our lack of true spin bowlers, and less likely for the keeper having to stand up. Obviously sri lanka, pakistan, indian etc probably have more need due to spin options. Batsmen who can keep are usuall shown up on stumpings and caught behinds off slow bowling more than anything else. Not hard to keep for medium fast bowlers standing back a few paces. West Indies do have a few spin options so perhaps it is more of a worry for them."

39.3

Best to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and defends a short ball on the stumps close to the block on the off side and they scamper through straightaway

39.4

Best to Fulton, 1 run, again good length on the hips and clipped away once more into the deep at backward square

39.5

Best to Taylor, no run, gets forward and defends to the bowler

39.6

Best to Taylor, no run, on the stumps and defended solidly to leg

Best has been officially warned for running on the pitch's danger area

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 133/2
LRPL Taylor    11* (13b 2x4)      TL Best    13-4-46-1
PG Fulton    36* (110b 6x4)      S Shillingford    11-3-18-1

40.1

Shillingford to Fulton, 1 run, worked into the midwicket area

40.2

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, defended down on middle

40.3

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, chipped down a touch and looked to work to leg but can't do too much

40.4

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, fired through and he goes back to defend

40.5

Shillingford to Taylor, FOUR, nicely cut as he initially propped forward before rocking back and slashing through point with good timing

40.6

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, nicely worked down to a deepish mid-on but no single is forthcoming

End of over 41 (5 runs) New Zealand 138/2
LRPL Taylor    15* (18b 3x4)      S Shillingford    12-3-23-1
PG Fulton    37* (111b 6x4)      TL Best    13-4-46-1

Gabriel replaces Best

41.1

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, and begins with a gentle long hop outside off which Fulton pulls away in ungainly fashion to the midwicket fence

41.2

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, another short ball which is well wide of off and Fulton reaches across to launch into a cut which sails to the fence

41.3

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, goes back and defends into the covers

41.4

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off

41.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, thick underedge as he tries to force a drive through the off side and it goes through to Ramdin on the bounce

41.6

Gabriel to Fulton, 1 run, waits in the crease and taps a length ball on off to leg as drinks arrive

Better bowling by West Indies, especially Best, after lunch as Redmond was sent back and Taylor almost followed him, but Fulton remains and will be hoping to push on

End of over 42 (9 runs) New Zealand 147/2
PG Fulton    46* (117b 8x4)      ST Gabriel    8-1-44-0
LRPL Taylor    15* (18b 3x4)      S Shillingford    12-3-23-1

Sammy replaces Shillingford

42.1

Sammy to Fulton, FOUR, overpitched outside off and square drives backward of point to bring up a battling 50

42.2

Sammy to Fulton, no run, leaves alone an innocuous dobbly medium paced delivery outside off

42.3

Sammy to Fulton, no run, again lets an unthreatening ball pass him by outside off

42.4

Sammy to Fulton, 1 run, goes back and defends to leg and immediately sets off for a well-run single

42.5

Sammy to Taylor, no run, full outside off and does not deviate as Taylor leaves it alone

Bala: "The West indies have gone into this Test with a depleted attack and they choose to bowl first! You cannot go into a Test without four full-time bowlers, and no, Sammy does not count as a full-time bowler. No wonder they are getting plastered."

42.6

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, sits up outside off and Taylor thrashes a square drive out to deep point

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 153/2
LRPL Taylor    16* (20b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    10-3-36-0
PG Fulton    51* (121b 9x4)      ST Gabriel    8-1-44-0

Carson: "To drop your best keeper because he is not making runs is equivalent to dropping your best bowler because he is not making runs. Ramdin has had some unfair criticism. Funny how no one is calling for him to be dropped because of his keeping. Ramdin averages more in tests then the all rounder Sammy and averages almost as much as the all rounder Deonarine. In the last test match against India he wasnt even dismissed and made a half century. As was noted earlier only Samuels and Chanderpaul has averaged more than Ramdin in tests since his return in 2012. Give the man a break. He's doing well. Also only option to replace Sammy as captain when Sammy goes after this series lol"

Matt: "Watling is hardly a makeshift keeper he was always a keeper through school and club cricket, when he reached ND he was behind Pete Mcglashan with the gloves. Just took him a couple of games to get going again."

Switch of ends for Shillingford ends Gabriel's brief one-over stint

43.1

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, gets forward to defend on off

43.2

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, Shillingford is unafraid to flight it from wide of the crease as Taylor defends on middle and off

43.3

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, again gets forward to defend on off

43.4

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, goes back and is cramped as he looks to free the arms, can only work it to midwicket

43.5

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, defends on the stumps as again the ball is flighted

43.6

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, this one goes straight on but Taylor prevents it from breaching his off stumo

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 153/2
LRPL Taylor    16* (26b 3x4)      S Shillingford    13-4-23-1
PG Fulton    51* (121b 9x4)      DJG Sammy    10-3-36-0

Gabriel is back, surprisingly

44.1

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off

44.2

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, goes back and doesn't time the attempted back foot punch into the covers

44.3

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, hops back and defends from deep in the crease

44.4

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, very full outside off and Fulton would have thought about launching into a drive before opting not to exercise that option

44.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, angled blade to a length ball just outside off means he mistimes the drive off the back foot to the bowler

Riddymon: "@Bala: This is a good bowling wicket..not to mention the conditions aid the seamers in terms of swing. Why wouldn't he want to bowl first? At the end of the day, these are professionals, whether it's your best or not, you play to the conditions not to the strength/weakness of your team."

Brendan: "People, and the selectors, appear to be overlooking Johnson Charles. Yes, he doesn't have a proven 4/5-day record, but if he is selected, it might provide the fire he needs. Remember, K Powell wasn't too great to begin with, and he's blossoming slowly but surely."

44.6

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, shoulders arms once more outside off

End of over 45 (maiden) New Zealand 153/2
PG Fulton    51* (127b 9x4)      ST Gabriel    9-2-44-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (26b 3x4)      S Shillingford    13-4-23-1

45.1

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, Shillingford drops it on a good length and he defends with the turn to leg

45.2

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, fuller on the stumps and Taylor has to jam down on it after going back

45.3

Shillingford to Taylor, 3 runs, gets forward and tucks it fine with the spin as the leg side sweeper gives chase

45.4

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, defends to leg

45.5

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, gets forward and is firm in defence

45.6

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, goes back and is surprised by the lack of bounce generated by a fuller ball, hits the toe and rolls back to the bowler

End of over 46 (3 runs) New Zealand 156/2
PG Fulton    51* (130b 9x4)      S Shillingford    14-4-26-1
LRPL Taylor    19* (29b 3x4)      ST Gabriel    9-2-44-0

46.1

Gabriel to Taylor, FOUR, hit-me ball from Gabriel there, serves up a half-volley outside off which never looked like moving and Taylor executes a firm cover drive out to the rope

46.2

Gabriel to Taylor, no run, forward again and drives confidently but finds mid-off

46.3

Gabriel to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and defends a good length ball outside off into the gap in the covers

"Stan" Duncan: "watching developments @ the University oval- takes me back 40 yrs playing club cricket there - John and Mark Bracewell in the team for Grange, against the likes Stu McCullum playing for NE Valley and Ken and Ian Rutherford for Albion. looking that the next generation - they must have been putting something on the water (or beer) back then."

46.4

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, waits in the crease and gets minimal bat on his punch to cover

Srinivasan Ravichandran: "Congrats FulTon for his HalfTon..."

46.5

Gabriel to Fulton, no run, well outside off and Fulton's opening mindset kicks into action as he is quick to hoist his arms and bat high into the sky

46.6

Gabriel to Fulton, FOUR, another half-volley served up and Fulton thumps it with precision, bisecting mid-off and cover to perfection, as it races away, real buffet bowling as Geoffrey Boycott might say

End of over 47 (9 runs) New Zealand 165/2
PG Fulton    55* (133b 10x4)      ST Gabriel    10-2-53-0
LRPL Taylor    24* (32b 4x4)      S Shillingford    14-4-26-1

47.1

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, gets forward to defend down the pitch

47.2

Shillingford to Taylor, no run, worked with the turn to leg

47.3

Shillingford to Taylor, 1 run, drives to a three-quarters long-on

Shivnarine George: "Hey Bala, yes Ramdin improve a little bit in his batting but what I hear is that he eating a lot of beef curry now and that why he getting stronger; now that he in NZ, he and Sammy and dem boys should be lashing some nice NZ Lamb curry"

47.4

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, drives firmly back to the bowler

47.5

Shillingford to Fulton, FOUR, unexpected aggression from Fulton as Shillingford tossed it up outside off and Fulton launched it over the infield and out to the boundary at wide mid-on

47.6

Shillingford to Fulton, no run, goes back and plays it down to short leg in defence

Nigel: "@Brendan: Johnson Charles is a good batsman, but he is a poor wicket keeper. Ramdin is the best wicket keeper in the West Indies, and he was one of the few West Indies batsmen to cross 50 in India. That's why he is there."

End of over 48 (5 runs) New Zealand 170/2
PG Fulton    59* (136b 11x4)      S Shillingford    15-4-31-1
LRPL Taylor    25* (35b 4x4)      ST Gabriel    10-2-53-0

48.1

Gabriel to Taylor, FOUR, banged in short outside off and Taylor uppercuts it over the slips after jumping to reach it, Gabriel struggles to find an appropriate length

48.2

Gabriel to Taylor, no run, much better length as Taylor defends from the crease on middle and off

48.3

Gabriel to Taylor, 1 leg bye, hits the pad down leg and rolls square

48.4

Gabriel to Fulton, 1 run, punched down the ground and Chanderpaul dives well to his left to cut it off from going to the rope

48.5

Gabriel to Taylor, FOUR, another short and wide long hop from Gabriel who really has been an angel for the New Zealand batsmen, Taylor lights up in delight as he thrashes another cut to the rope

48.6

Gabriel to Taylor, 1 run, gets forward to defend to leg and sets off immediately

End of over 49 (11 runs) New Zealand 181/2
LRPL Taylor    34* (40b 6x4)      ST Gabriel    11-2-63-0
PG Fulton    60* (137b 11x4)      S Shillingford    15-4-31-1

Sammy is back

49.1

Sammy to Taylor, no run, defended from the crease on middle

49.2

Sammy to Taylor, 1 no ball, oversteps as Taylor waits in the crease and defends

49.2

Sammy to Taylor, no run, full outside off and left alone

49.3

Sammy to Taylor, no run, drives into the covers where Deonarine dives to his right with energy and intent to cut it off

49.4

Sammy to Taylor, no run, gets forward to defend on the stumps

49.5

Sammy to Taylor, no run, well left as Sammy puts one on a length outside off and gets it to swing away

49.6

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, moves across and works to leg and scampers through

Jacob: "I agree with the earlier concern about the lack of singles. Against better teams the desire to score by boundaries hurts us. I remember a game some time ago where we only scored by boundaries and lost regular wickets. Then McCullum and Vettori came to the wicket and started ticking over singles, showing their experience (and ability). A marked contrast."

Jonesy: "Had my doubts but this is a good innings from Fulton. Starting to reap the rewards of his patience. Rutherford would do well to take note so he can emulate and improve his conversion rate. Hoping Fulton goes on to make a big score now."

End of over 50 (2 runs) New Zealand 183/2
LRPL Taylor    35* (47b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    11-3-38-0
PG Fulton    60* (137b 11x4)      ST Gabriel    11-2-63-0
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Series Results
New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton - Dec 19-22, 2013
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington - Dec 11-13, 2013
New Zealand won by an innings and 73 runs
New Zealand v West Indies at Dunedin - Dec 3-7, 2013
Match drawn
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