West Indies v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Basseterre, St Kitts July 13, 2012

Ross Taylor likely to return for crunch game

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Match facts

Saturday, July 14
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

For the first four games of the tour, West Indies were clobbering New Zealand as they haven't clobbered any Test nation in a long time. However, a familiar collapse by the hosts in St Kitts opened the door for New Zealand, who have Brendon McCullum back in the side and probably their captain Ross Taylor as well.

West Indies' success was partly due to the rustiness and inexperience of New Zealand and partly due to Chris Gayle. There is probably no harder job in limited-overs cricket than to plan for Gayle, and New Zealand's stand-in captain Kane Williamson can't be faulted for his team failures. It looked like West Indies would wrap up the series in the third ODI, but then Gayle failed.

The manner in which West Indies collapsed to an 88-run loss showed why, despite looking unstoppable at times, they remain a work in progress. This was their chance to secure a first ODI series win against top-flight opposition in more than four years, and build on their performance during the drawn home series against Australia earlier this year. The target was modest, the bowling attack manageable, the ground small, and the track full of runs, but they capitulated.

On the other hand, New Zealand could have found the belief they need to compete in the series. To keep challenging West Indies, though, they will need a stronger effort from their batsmen, especially after the loss of BJ Watling, who made two half-centuries in three matches

Form guide

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Brendon McCullum was not part of the original ODI squad, but joined the tour because of a spate of injuries in the team. He hasn't played for New Zealand since the home series against South Africa in March, and his last competitive fixtures were in the IPL, so he will want to shake off the rustiness as soon as possible.

Dwayne Smith made a comeback to West Indies' one-day squad after two years, in England. In five matches since, he scored two half-centuries - a marked improvement over three fifties in his previous 77 matches. He had batted in the lower order for most of his career, and often made the wrong choice of shot, and even in his new avatar as a No. 3, Smith's fifties have been flanked by innings where he has again given it away too easily.

Team news

Taylor, who hurt his shoulder during the first Twenty20, has recovered faster than expected and is likely to play. "I did say two to six weeks and I'm fortunate that it's come down to just two weeks," he said. "The stiffness and the pain has been going slightly and all going well it's looking very likely I'll play tomorrow." Watling, however, suffered a leg injury while batting during the third ODI in St. Kitts and is unavailable for selection. Brendon McCullum's return to the squad as wicketkeeper means Tom Latham is likely to play as a batsman. Fast bowler Doug Bracewell and medium-pacer Andrew Ellis will be available for selection after recovering from their injuries.

New Zealand: (possible) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Tom Latham, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Doug Bracewell, 11 Kyle Mills.

West Indies are likely to continue with their strongest XI. However, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin will miss the match to get married and has been replaced by Devon Thomas.

West Indies: (possible) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Dwayne Smith, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Devon Thomas (wk), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Sunil Narine

Stats and trivia

  • Brendon McCullum has scored 213 runs in 13 games against West Indies at an average of 23.66. His ODI career average is 30.47.

  • West Indies have a 26-21 head-to-head record against New Zealand in all ODIs. However, in the last 10 years, New Zealand lead 11-4.

    Quotes

    "We won't let one game dampen the spirit of the boys."
    Darren Sammy

    "It's nice to have Brendon in the camp and hopefully Ross is looking good for the next one. It was a real shame to lose BJ [Watling], who has been our stronghold in the batting order down at six."
    Kane Williamson

    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • simonviller on July 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    W.I cricket is still lacking between the ears at times ! Every top team would bat down to the wire while assessing the situation ; what does Rampaul do again ? He goes for the big one at a time when Russell was well on his way to make things happen . Now that calls for a little chat with management ,along with others who did the same silly things . ...Another thing which I have a problem with is ,why does Sammy go in before Russell in a limited overs match ? His batting is still a work in the progress and so is his shot selection at times .

  • Mob_King on July 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Where is Wagner?! Chuck him in there!

  • shooting on July 14, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    If they pick their best team for this one, we will see... 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Daniel Flynn, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Doug Bracewell, 11 Trent Boult

    strongest batting lineup in a long long time.

  • vrn59 on July 14, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Trent Boult looked good in the last game. Doug Bracewell should be made to wait.

  • cricketman96 on July 14, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    With two more chances to wrap-up the ODI series am placing my bet on West Indies.However, one have to remember that over the past decade or so WI has built a reputation of inconsistency.After 4 games of what seems like the elimination of that problem, A GENTLE REMINDER, that we are still the WEST INDIES. That said, I think the quality of the opposition and home court advantage give WI the edge.GOOD LUCK WI.A word of advice to Johnson Charles,make some runs and secure your place @ the top of the batting order.That position is up for grabs,seize the occasion,make it yours alongside Gayle.You are more than capable.WI 4 LIFE.

  • on July 14, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    i hope mccullum will keep but lately he is reluctant to keep at international level. with this slower flat track y not bring in a mystery spinner? nethulas leg spin is awesome and how will he get better without more international experience? as for mills his times up i think hes harming n.z at the moment and a left arm swinger is way more valuable then a overrated medium "fast" bowler

  • Metman on July 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    You have to be kidding.shows you know NOTHING about cricket ! How can you pick a team and leave out Trent Boult....I am a west indian,but you see Boult....that man is going to be the WI BIGGEST nightmare especially in the tests,and to leave him out after causing Gayle to think.... again shows that you really don't follow cricket.

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    possible playing 11 of Newzealand should be so, 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum , 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Tom Latham(WK), 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle mills, 11 Trent Boult.

  • @NU on July 14, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    This will be a great 11 of BLACKCAPS!!! 1.Rob Nicol, 2.Martin Guptill, 3.Brendon McCullum, 4.Rossco, 5.Kane Williamson, 6.BJ Watling, 7.Jacob Oram, 8.Nathan McCullum, 9.Kyle Mills, 10.Tim Southee, 11.Trent Boult

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Coin toss between Flynn and Latham. But definitely Boult in for Mills. More threatening as a bowler and good enough with the bat. In fact, Black Caps tail looks very healthy batting-wise

  • simonviller on July 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    W.I cricket is still lacking between the ears at times ! Every top team would bat down to the wire while assessing the situation ; what does Rampaul do again ? He goes for the big one at a time when Russell was well on his way to make things happen . Now that calls for a little chat with management ,along with others who did the same silly things . ...Another thing which I have a problem with is ,why does Sammy go in before Russell in a limited overs match ? His batting is still a work in the progress and so is his shot selection at times .

  • Mob_King on July 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Where is Wagner?! Chuck him in there!

  • shooting on July 14, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    If they pick their best team for this one, we will see... 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Daniel Flynn, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Doug Bracewell, 11 Trent Boult

    strongest batting lineup in a long long time.

  • vrn59 on July 14, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Trent Boult looked good in the last game. Doug Bracewell should be made to wait.

  • cricketman96 on July 14, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    With two more chances to wrap-up the ODI series am placing my bet on West Indies.However, one have to remember that over the past decade or so WI has built a reputation of inconsistency.After 4 games of what seems like the elimination of that problem, A GENTLE REMINDER, that we are still the WEST INDIES. That said, I think the quality of the opposition and home court advantage give WI the edge.GOOD LUCK WI.A word of advice to Johnson Charles,make some runs and secure your place @ the top of the batting order.That position is up for grabs,seize the occasion,make it yours alongside Gayle.You are more than capable.WI 4 LIFE.

  • on July 14, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    i hope mccullum will keep but lately he is reluctant to keep at international level. with this slower flat track y not bring in a mystery spinner? nethulas leg spin is awesome and how will he get better without more international experience? as for mills his times up i think hes harming n.z at the moment and a left arm swinger is way more valuable then a overrated medium "fast" bowler

  • Metman on July 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    You have to be kidding.shows you know NOTHING about cricket ! How can you pick a team and leave out Trent Boult....I am a west indian,but you see Boult....that man is going to be the WI BIGGEST nightmare especially in the tests,and to leave him out after causing Gayle to think.... again shows that you really don't follow cricket.

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    possible playing 11 of Newzealand should be so, 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum , 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 Tom Latham(WK), 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle mills, 11 Trent Boult.

  • @NU on July 14, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    This will be a great 11 of BLACKCAPS!!! 1.Rob Nicol, 2.Martin Guptill, 3.Brendon McCullum, 4.Rossco, 5.Kane Williamson, 6.BJ Watling, 7.Jacob Oram, 8.Nathan McCullum, 9.Kyle Mills, 10.Tim Southee, 11.Trent Boult

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Coin toss between Flynn and Latham. But definitely Boult in for Mills. More threatening as a bowler and good enough with the bat. In fact, Black Caps tail looks very healthy batting-wise

  • on July 14, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    To all West Indies fan : the present line up looks the best , except that the captain doesn deserve a place in the squad. n what merit is the captain automatic choice. Plooard n Dwayne bravo are better all rounders than him... Also the wist indies persistence with Lendl Simmons. he has been tryin to outscore runako mortons 31 ball duck n nothin else.. i would prefer recalling ramnaresh Sarwan n chanderpaul to bolster the middle order along with darren bravo once he is fit... also wish to see one more fast bowling all rounder Jerome taylor back.. he is a better bowler thean Ravi rampaul whose got emough chances...

  • mancricbd on July 14, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I am really surprised to see no one talking about Bravo. he is simply a useless cricketer in my eye. I think he.also prefer t20. i cant see any promise from him to play for his country. This guy always been like that. Shameless. even when he give his wickets away everytime still u would not see any sort of interest from his side in the next game. He is doing the same. Last 10 yrs he has been same. really cant believe a guy with 20 average in the middle order always the automatic choice. Gibson and selectors should kick him out from the team with no respect. Dont blame sammy he is doing far better then other middle order. Russell should be promoted in bravos spot. So wi can bring a solid fast bowler in.

  • on July 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    I would hope the Black Caps will show Kyle Mills the door, he needs to move on out. Keep Boult in, I like the look of this kid. He and Southee will be a good tandem, so will Bracewell and Wagner in the tests. I don't see the Windies countering us now that Taylor and McCullum are back in the side. Expect McCullum to be rusty in this game and to improve in the last ODI, and then be ready for the tests. Same for Taylor, but even their rustiness will not be enough to deny the Black Caps now.

  • on July 14, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    With McCullum and Taylor the team looks alot more healthy, i still think WI are strong favorites. Gayle just looked like he took the night off last game so i expect hell be back to bullying our bowlers tonight. Even if\when he fires we could still have a chance of winning if one of our top order can match him. Boult must play, if his confidence is up and hes in good rythym you shouldnt keep him off the park. Latham is VERY underwhelming...i know its early yet but i agree that maybe Flynn or Brownlie should be given another chance, more likely Flynn.

    1.Guptil 2.Nicol 3.B.McCullum 4.Taylor 5.Williamson 6.Flynn 7.Oram 8.N.McCullum 9.Bracewell 10.Boult 11.Mills

  • BackfootNossyfan on July 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    1. Rob Nicol 2. Martin Guptill 3. Brendon McCullum 4. Kane Wiliamson 5. Ross Taylor 6. Daniel Flynn/Tom Latham 7. Jacob Oram 8. Nathan McCullum 9. Tim Southee 10. Trent Boult 11. Kyle Mills.

    Don't underestimate the effect that having both McCullum brothers playing has. And Trent Boult was amazing, especially bowling with Tim Southee, so I've left him in there. It was Trent Boult's pressure accompanied by Tim Southee's swing that got Gayle. Flynn or Latham for mine, I think Flynn deserves another shot. Up the BLACKCAPS! I'll be watching!

  • ModernBlitzer on July 14, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Erm..surely Trent Boult deserves another chance after troubling Gayle with his full outswingers.

  • caughtatcover on July 14, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    These two teams are almost like for like in terms of their composition. Gayle's presence overshadowed the Black caps but with the return of Bazza, the teams look even par. Got to be good game this.

  • on July 14, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    I'd imagine the "possible" New Zealand team will be different to that shown above. They will surely not leave out Daniel Flynn after he showed very strong intent in his innings at St.Kitts - I think he'll be moved to 5 and Brownlie won't be brought in. Don't be surprised to see Taylor play tonight. Guptil, Nicol, McCullum, Taylor/Williamson, Williamson/Flynn, Flynn/Latham, Oram, N.McCullum, Bracewell, Mills, Southee

  • simonviller on July 14, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Devon Thomas ? Devon Thomas ! I suppose every one needs to make way . If WI can use Thomas ,then why not go back for Baugh ? The guy is worst bat for a keeper ever !!!!! THERE IS NO END TO A CIRCLE ,JUST KEEP GOING AROUND AND AROUND .

  • deraj on July 14, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Why is the West Indies trying to finder a partner Gale to open the batting.Chandrepaul is de qualified man to be his partner,he may bat a little slow but he has most of his one day runs at the opening spot.Cant see why he is being left out. MR Coach

  • cflook on July 14, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Simmons should have got one more chance to prove himself in the absence of ramdin because he can keep wicket very well. Devon Thomas is not going to make a notes against the black caps wasting a batting position once again.

  • simonviller on July 14, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Here we go again ! Please get off Dwayne Smith's back . The guy is doing fine as is ,don't discourage him now . They are many others who lack his talents in and around the team .

  • on July 14, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    New Zealand: (possible) 1 Rob Nicol, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Tom Latham, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Doug Bracewell, 11 Kyle Mills

    Expect Taylor to slot in there somewhere also.

  • on July 13, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    west indies are playing the wrong guys that the reason the cannot win

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 13, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    APPLICATION=SERIES VICTORY

  • VivGilchrist on July 13, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Devon Thomas? He is probably the worst batsman of any wicket-keeper going around. Looks like WI have a new number 11. Really am surprised WI Haven't given the keeping gloves to Charles and brought in Best to strengthen the bowling. This would test Charles keeping ability before the T20 WCup which could be a useful option, as well as unleashing Best ahead of the Test series, as the bowling options are not yet set in stone.

  • Randy_Wilson on July 13, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    It's Time D smith, D Bravo and K Pollard step up with there Bat in this ODI series. Gayle and Samuels already Proved a Point, We need a Team not an Individual If Gayle get out again early. The rest need to pitch in and I mean the Top 5. J Charles and D smith Need to Carry the Top, don't left it for Gayle they Must do something, both of them Are not Favorite like Pollard and Bravo, who if Failed would still be there, because of there Fame. Both smith and Charles should bat one and dont give away their wickets like before.

  • on July 13, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    carlton baugh???? no way he can play again. that was his final chance and i'm happy to see devon thomas back in the team. think he is a really good prospect.

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    y didnt they call baugh instead???

  • denessa on July 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    IN MY OPINION GAYLE GOT TO MAKE A HEALTHY SCORE IN ORDER FOR WINDIES TO WIN THE SERIES IN TOMORROWS GAME.......IF WEST INDIES WIN THE TOSS THEY SHOULD BAT INSTEAD OF FIELDING........ALL THE BEST GUYS YOU CAN DO IT......

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Every dog will dig up a bone every now and then. So it was New Zealand turn to get lucky - good for them: But don't press your luck Black Caps, beware of our big bats: We'll make your bowlers fear and tremble!

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Devon Thomas might be a better one than ever not sure of his performance Ramdin

  • TeamSelector on July 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I think Brendon's experience is needed more in the middle order rather than at the top. I would keep Flynn @ #3 & play Baz @ #5. Also, I think Boult deserves to be in the playing eleven & Big Jake needs to step up & bat during the 'batting powerplay'. 1-Nicol, 2-Guptill, 3-Flynn, 4-Kane, 5-Baz, 6-Oram, 7-Brownlie, 8-Nathan, 9-Southee, 10-Mills, 11-Boult.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    A poor record at Warner Park needs to be changed tomorrow. No messing around guys, wrap up the series tomorrow with a performance similar to those in Jamaica.

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  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    A poor record at Warner Park needs to be changed tomorrow. No messing around guys, wrap up the series tomorrow with a performance similar to those in Jamaica.

  • TeamSelector on July 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I think Brendon's experience is needed more in the middle order rather than at the top. I would keep Flynn @ #3 & play Baz @ #5. Also, I think Boult deserves to be in the playing eleven & Big Jake needs to step up & bat during the 'batting powerplay'. 1-Nicol, 2-Guptill, 3-Flynn, 4-Kane, 5-Baz, 6-Oram, 7-Brownlie, 8-Nathan, 9-Southee, 10-Mills, 11-Boult.

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Devon Thomas might be a better one than ever not sure of his performance Ramdin

  • on July 13, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Every dog will dig up a bone every now and then. So it was New Zealand turn to get lucky - good for them: But don't press your luck Black Caps, beware of our big bats: We'll make your bowlers fear and tremble!

  • denessa on July 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    IN MY OPINION GAYLE GOT TO MAKE A HEALTHY SCORE IN ORDER FOR WINDIES TO WIN THE SERIES IN TOMORROWS GAME.......IF WEST INDIES WIN THE TOSS THEY SHOULD BAT INSTEAD OF FIELDING........ALL THE BEST GUYS YOU CAN DO IT......

  • on July 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    y didnt they call baugh instead???

  • on July 13, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    carlton baugh???? no way he can play again. that was his final chance and i'm happy to see devon thomas back in the team. think he is a really good prospect.

  • Randy_Wilson on July 13, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    It's Time D smith, D Bravo and K Pollard step up with there Bat in this ODI series. Gayle and Samuels already Proved a Point, We need a Team not an Individual If Gayle get out again early. The rest need to pitch in and I mean the Top 5. J Charles and D smith Need to Carry the Top, don't left it for Gayle they Must do something, both of them Are not Favorite like Pollard and Bravo, who if Failed would still be there, because of there Fame. Both smith and Charles should bat one and dont give away their wickets like before.

  • VivGilchrist on July 13, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Devon Thomas? He is probably the worst batsman of any wicket-keeper going around. Looks like WI have a new number 11. Really am surprised WI Haven't given the keeping gloves to Charles and brought in Best to strengthen the bowling. This would test Charles keeping ability before the T20 WCup which could be a useful option, as well as unleashing Best ahead of the Test series, as the bowling options are not yet set in stone.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 13, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    APPLICATION=SERIES VICTORY